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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 06:10 PM

I picked this up at the dump today.
From the bit of searching I've done, I'm thinking it might be 1966.
Haven't tried to start it yet, but engine is free, and has compression.
I'm guessing that a fiberglass shroud is missing.

Any info anyone?

Thanks

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 06:40 PM

not all the craftman butt buggys had a fiberglass top. From the ones i looked at a few yrs ago, it seemed mostly the early 60's one did. I suppose it was a way for cost cutting.

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 06:49 PM

now thats one i would love to have around the house! 'tis a cool little ride:orangecool:
and the price....:rocker2:couldn't be wrong.

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 06:55 PM

I thought it'd be handy to have around. We'll see if it'll run.

Looked around at this site.
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Posted August 26, 2011 - 07:16 PM

Neat Little Mower, Great Find :thumbs:

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 08:42 PM

Those little old riders are kinda neat. Good stuff.
So did you bring back more stuff from the dump than you took?

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 08:53 PM

Those little old riders are kinda neat. Good stuff.
So did you bring back more stuff from the dump than you took?


I try not to, but sometimes, dumpster shopping can be rewarding.LOL

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Posted August 27, 2011 - 06:23 PM

This morning, checked for spark. Good
No fuel came out of the bowl drain. Gave the bowl a few raps with a wrench. Fuel started dripping from the
bowl drain. Second pull it started. No smoke, and sounded good, but would only run with choke on. Pulled carb. It's soaking in cleaner.
Pressure washed, and degreased. It's a cast aluminum deck. Should be able to test drive tomorrow aft.

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Posted August 27, 2011 - 07:49 PM

Looks like you got yourself another working grass cutter.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 06:37 AM

I like your little rider. That's pretty neat the you got it running that easy. Once you mow with it, we'll want to see a pic of how it cuts.:rofl2:

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 08:31 AM

Nice! You gotta love it when you get a runner! Hope the carb comes around for you easily...and we want some pics of the lawn when you're done mowing with it!

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 06:07 PM

Took it for a ride today before noon today. What a hoot. If those front wheels weren't bald, and skidded when you crank
the steering hard, I'm sure she'd grab and flip. Compared to my MF RERs you sit quite high. Actually very comfortable
to drive.
I took the blade off, and may just leave it that way, and use it as a "mini" golf cart.
I might try to find some small inflateable tire, as opposed to the sold rubber ones on there now. It's a very shakey ride on
the gravel yard right now.
In all I spent $7 for degreaser, and $4 or an inline fuel filter.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 06:08 PM

Good stuff

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 11:12 PM

Neat piece, stop trying to "drift" on the gravel and it'll handle better. :poke:

What size are the fronts? You may be able to find some inflatable hand truck wheels to fit the shaft if they aren't to tall.

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Posted August 29, 2011 - 06:50 AM

Neat piece, stop trying to "drift" on the gravel and it'll handle better. :poke:

What size are the fronts? You may be able to find some inflatable hand truck wheels to fit the shaft if they aren't to tall.


Picture it with skate blades on the front, and studded rears, out on the ice this winter. At the winter carnival oval track snowmobile races. LOL




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