JD 318, no Serial number decal
Posted October 16, 2011 - 03:19 PM
I just bought an already restored 318 last week, but the serial number decal had been sandblasted and painted over. I'm pretty sure it is at least a 1987, since it has the Onan P218G engine with Spec # I/10608D and Serial # F943184180.
Is there any way to find out for sure what year the 318 is. I want to buy the Operators guide and other manuals for it. :confuse:
Posted October 16, 2011 - 08:22 PM
Posted October 17, 2011 - 08:32 AM
Posted October 18, 2011 - 08:06 PM
The biggest difference in the 318's is the hydro linkages. You can match them to JDParts.com and narrow it down enough to get the correct manuals for it.
Thanks for the jdparts.com suggestion. I wasn't able to use the hydro linkage to tell the year, but did find that the seat and springs assembly changed for 1988. Mine matched the pre-1988 picture, and with that and my engine starting in 1987, pretty much makes the tractor a 1987. So I have a range of serial numbers. I'm happy for now, cause that should let me get to the correct manuals. :smile1:
Posted October 19, 2011 - 10:28 AM
Edited by JDBrian, October 19, 2011 - 06:13 PM.
Posted October 19, 2011 - 12:32 PM
Posted October 19, 2011 - 12:39 PM
- hdg4400 said thank you
Posted October 19, 2011 - 04:02 PM
Edited by hdg4400, October 19, 2011 - 04:11 PM.
Posted October 19, 2011 - 06:14 PM
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Posted October 20, 2011 - 09:40 PM
Posted April 24, 2012 - 05:04 PM
But I have another problem. The steering had a lot of play in it. The spindle bushings on the left end of the axle (power steering side) were badly worn, so I replaced them. I also tightened up the two cap screws on the axle to cut down on the front to back play, but it is still a little loose. There is some play in the power steering cylinder, between the back attachment to the frame and the front attachment to the Left spindle, but I'm not sure I can do much about that.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Also on a related question, should the tie rod be curved. The parts diagram appears to show it is straight.
Any help would be appreciated.
Posted April 24, 2012 - 10:16 PM
it will be with in one year
Posted April 25, 2012 - 09:03 AM
Posted May 02, 2013 - 10:08 AM
While trolling the Internet looking for stuff for someone else's post, I found info on another Garden Tractor forum about serial numbers. They said there that 318's with serial #'s above 600,305 started making you depress the brakes in order to start it. JDparts seems to verify that. Can anyone here verify that? Mine works like that, so I appear to have a lower limit on the serial number.
Also, does anyone know if there is any kind of crossmatch listing of tractor serial numbers to transmission serial numbers? As I said when I started this post, I don't have the Model/Serial No. decal. Also, the engine serial number appears to show I have a re-power. But it is likely that the transmission serial number is original.
On a completely unrelated note, we just got over 10 inches of snow (other nearby towns got a lot more) so I thought I would post a couple of pictures.
My rear deck from 3 days ago:
Similar picture from a couple of hours ago:
Looking SE from the deck (50 to 60 foot high trees):
Lots of stuff shut down around the area.