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#1 docauto OFFLINE  

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 03:12 PM

Hey everyone. I'm new here and actually new to garden tractors. I just had a friend give me a John Deere 318 for helping him with a pole barn. It has a good 50" mower deck and 3 point hitch.
The tractor runs but smokes and is a real rust bucket, but not rotted out anywhere. I'm gonna make it my winter restore project and will need all the info I can get. I am a mechanic but not a tractor mechanic.
To start with, where do I find the model/serial number? The decals are gone since the paint is mostly all peeled off.
I tried downloading the manual on here but it said I had exceeded the limit on my first try. lol. Are the manuals on Cd's on ebay worth purchasing?
Thanks in advance!

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 03:36 PM

Welcome to GTTalk! The 318 is considered a very fine tractor and was a very nice gift from your friend. I'm not a expert on 318's and I am sure someone will come along to tell you how to find the year info. As far as the manuals go, if you can wait until you have enough posts you can get them here. You should check for the manuals at JD. They are often cheaper from JD then the ones on ebay.
Most of the parts are still available for the 318 through your local JD dealer and there are lots of used parts around as well. You should check out JDParts.com and do a model search. You can access the parts diagrams for the tractor there. Please feel free to post on any topic you find interesting.

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 04:34 PM

:welcome: to GTTalk, glad you found us.

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 04:36 PM

docauto,welcome to the forum.
Glad to have you with us.

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 05:18 PM

Thanks everyone!

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 06:06 PM

Welcome to GTTalk! I just had a 318 in the shop 2 weeks ago. In fact I was hunting a service manual for it when I found this site.

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 06:31 PM

Welcome to GTtalk. Lot of JD folks on here.I have a 317 I use some just don't want to wear mine out. LOL

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 06:49 PM

:welcome:
Now that a good friend. Glad you found us, you'll no doubt find lots of help here especially on the John Deere section. Those 318's are mighty fine tractors.

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 08:42 PM

Welcome docauto great tractors the sel # should be on the flat plate below the steering wheel just above and to the left of the key switch. Some of them around the late 80's paint would peel and take the sel# with it if you don't have a sel# take a look on top of the eng for the model and sel of the eng if it is original I think Deere can give you an idea of age or maybe one of the guys here.

A good manual will be your best friend

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Posted September 26, 2011 - 09:20 PM

Thanks Littledeere.
The one near the key is gone, but there is a sticker on the top of the engine but all i can make out on it is Onan and Model, that's it, nothing else readable.
I am going to take this thing completely apart body wise for paint. Do you know if there are numbers on the frame or something that I could take in to JD to see if they could figure it out?
Thanks again,
Joe

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Posted September 27, 2011 - 07:21 PM

Can anyone tell me if this model number sounds right? Onan P218G 1/10462C
The rest of the tag is torn away and I believe that's the part that would have had the serial number on it.
Thanks,
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Posted September 27, 2011 - 07:37 PM

The P218G is good thats the model

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Posted September 27, 2011 - 07:43 PM

Yes the model is a P218G-I and the spec would be the 10462C

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Posted September 28, 2011 - 05:12 AM

Welcome, docauto! Good luck with the 318. I see you are getting some help already. Some one is always willing to lend a helping hand around here.

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Posted October 04, 2011 - 06:39 PM

Can someone tell me how to check the hydraulic flood please? I don't have the manual yet. Thanks.




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