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#1 DougT OFFLINE  

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Posted June 02, 2018 - 03:05 PM

We are now taking nominations for featured tractor of the month of July.


The theme for this month is lawn mowing. Show us pictures of your mowing set-up.


I also can't emphasize enough to please provide at least 2 paragraphs for the description of you tractor. The winner is going to be featured on the GTtalk home page and all the bragging rights that come with it.


Here are the rules:

  • A tractor is not eligible to be nominated if it has won in the last year. However, the owner of the tractor may nominate a different tractor.
  • A tractor is not eligible if it is not operable at the time of nomination.
  • You must have at least a two paragraph description to tell us about your tractor.
  • You need 2 photos attached to your post as attachments, not linked from another site, the year make and model, and a brief description of your history with the tractor and what you use it for most.
  • You must be an active member of the site. (Basically you need to have at least 10 posts before you can nominate your tractor)
  • Each eligible member may nominate up to 2 tractors per month.

We will accept up to 15 nominations, this thread will be closed after the 15th nomination. Once 15 nominations are made we will start a new thread for the voting. Voting will run to the end of the current month and on the 1st of the following month the winner will be featured on the GTtalk Home Page and in our Featured Tractors section.

Rules subject to change to better work for everyone. Good luck!


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Posted June 02, 2018 - 04:13 PM

I would like to nominate my Cub Cadet 784 (aka The Viking). The 784 is the same as a 782 but with the addition of dual hydraulics, this makes them a little harder to find. When I found this one it had been left for dead at a mower junkyard, the guy had never tried to start it and it was missing many pieces. When I got it home I started by removing the engine and tins and gave everything a good wash, it had been a mouse hotel for a long time judging by how much trash was in the blower housing. Once everything was cleaned up I removed the heads and resurfaced them, I also removed the valves and cleaned them and also installed new valve seals. I replaced the fuel pump and cleaned the carb and once I had it all back together it fired right up and runs great with no smoke. 

 

The side panels were missing so I took some off a parts tractor I had, I also replaced the rear fenders with a pair that weren't all bent up. Despite it's outward appearance it is a fantastic tractor and runs smooth like a sewing machine. My plan is to mow with it for the summer and then pull it apart for restoration. The first three pics show it's condition when I got it, the last two are after mowing a week ago.

 

 

 

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Posted June 02, 2018 - 04:16 PM

I’ll enter my 1990/91 Ford YT16H. Not quite sure of the year. It’s a foot pedal hydro. It has a 48” deck. Has a twin kohler 16 hp engine. Most of my tractors have names, so this one is ,, Twin. It is the only twin engine tractor in all my fleet.

So I bought this tractor about 6/7 years ago from our neighbour. Paid $150. It was the woman’s fathers tractor. He had passed away and they didn’t need or want it.

So it’s been cutting grass since I’ve had it. I was loading the tires with water for the last two years, then found the weigths and put them on. Painted the wheels, and it made quite a change in the look of the tractor. Weights makes for great traction and stability. Plus it looks neat.

Thanks for lookin and readin,
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Posted June 02, 2018 - 04:46 PM

Well here is RED, a 1990 Craftsman 917.254450. I picked him up September 2009 for $100.00. He was in bad shape and missing parts. RED was the second true ground up restore. I had a similar model at the time (no name) but can be seen in a couple of the pictures. I swapped all the good parts from the other Craftsman over to RED. The other Craftsman was sold, and RED became the main mower for three acres, and still is today. RED gets a regular winter refresh, and rarely lets me down (ahem).

            Here is RED after the 2009 rebuild, and as he currently is today. RED is one of the hardest working machines in the summer, and he does a great job mowing, and that is all I ask of him.

I found an old slide show of the restore. No sound but covers the progress. Turn on your music and enjoy. Thanks!

https://www.youtube....h?v=s0WeKMmfwOo

 

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Posted June 07, 2018 - 08:27 PM

This is my 1952 Montgomery wards town trac (Simplicity model J) 

I picked this up from a friend about a year ago and it came with the deck and two tillers, only one is pictured. It was non running, didnt have spark so i cleaned points with no avail, coil was junk. So i swapped a good one over and it ran but the carb was dirty. Didnt have time to clean it so it sat in a corner up until a month ago when i dug it out. Started right up and ran better than i remembered, but smoked alot. Dumped some sea foam into the tank and it smoothed out. It started to develop a knock so i stopped running it, and began to look for parts. I had a Model N briggs laying around so i swapped the parts over and it runs great. The knock i was hearing was because the rod end cap wasnt even close to tight, about 50 thou before it even hit the crank. 

 

This J is one of two that i know exist. Im working on getting the other one. They made a rotary culitvator (tiller) Rotary mower, reel mower, rotary snow plow, and a weed cutter. They had two speeds which involved swapping the drive belts around. Really simple and really fun to use. Since most all of my tractors are broken ive decided to use this old girl to mow with. It takes awhile but i enjoy it and it does a really nice job. Thanks for looking, have a nice day. 

 

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Posted June 08, 2018 - 06:21 AM

Luke, how wide are the cuts on the mower and tiller. Neat piece to have.

Noel

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Posted June 08, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Luke, how wide are the cuts on the mower and tiller. Neat piece to have.

Noel

The deck is 18 and the tiller is 12. The reel mower they made for it is 20 


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Posted June 16, 2018 - 07:34 AM

Surely we have more mower tractors than this. Get the nominations in!



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Posted June 16, 2018 - 09:00 AM

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I guess it's time to try again with 'Dusty' (the Hoveroni) !

This is a 1963 David Bradley Model 36  -Elite Lawn Tractor it has a B&S 5.75HP motor -143402 mechancal Gov.

When I started into this Hobby back in 2015 it was the David Bradley Suburbans that got my attention . I would run searches on the internet looking for good machines at good prices and could find very few out there. 

One day an ad popped up for this strange machine with the DB name?

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It appealed to my love for the Odd things  , but was pretty far away and I knew nothing about it. 

I could find little information on the internet either. 

I just could not get it out of my head. 

So after 5 weeks I called the guy in upstate NY and made a deal , It would cost more to get it shipped to me than I would pay for the machine . But I just had to have it. 

It arrived and was pretty 'Dusty' 

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I cleaned it up , and asessed what needed to be done .

The spark was weak and intermittent , I could see a scar on the flywheel like a piece of metal had jammed it . So I found a replacement flywheel/ coil pr. And that fixed the engine . 

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I also had to fix 1 of the drive chains and the mower deck though in good condition, was rusting badly , so I cleaned it and painted it for preservation. The main drive belt still has David Bradley embossed into it and is in great condition. My thoughts are that this machine hit something and never ran again. It was stored for many years inside some garage and has little to no wear on the moving parts.

This is a working machine now that I use to mow my yard ! Except for the paint on the deck and the flywheel it is Original right down to the tires , belts and blades and it is a survivor !

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 I really get a lot of enjoyment from this machine , I have towed an aerator with it and have a matching trailer . It is my go to mower and is being used this year 

My Brother says it looks like a Zamboni and a Hovercraft mated to produce this .

Thus the 'Hoveroni' is what we laughingly call it   :D


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