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#1 Amigatec OFFLINE  

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:05 PM

Found this tractor, but don't know what it is. It is big and an S/G on a 16 hp.

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:10 PM

I'm not the best at this but to me it looks like the Simplicity built JCPennys lawn tractor. but that's just a guess.....

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:15 PM

I think you're right, there's a lot of things that scream Simplicity about that unit. The clutch pedal has me thrown tho...

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:16 PM

JC Penny, built by MTD. It's a 990 series. Same as my Unico branded MTD 990, Ranch King, Farm King, etc.

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:25 PM

Kate, I think you're correct regarding the JCPenny's part but I think it's an early '70s MTD built tractor. Look at the front grill and light bezel.

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:27 PM

I know for a fact it's MTD built for JCP.

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:32 PM

Definitely an MTD product, seen many of them online, and one with an FEL at auction (I did not see how much it went for)

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:38 PM

JC Penny, built by MTD. It's a 990 series. Same as my Unico branded MTD 990, Ranch King, Farm King, etc.


I concur. Anyone who has no respect for MTD has obviously never seen a 990 in person. As sturdy and well built as any tractor you can buy, if not better.
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Posted November 14, 2011 - 08:40 PM

Anyone who has no respect for MTD has obviously never seen a 990 in person. As sturdy and well built as any tractor you can buy, if not better.


You got that right Gibby! These older MTD's were built very strong & could work beside or in front of the best of them!

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 09:42 PM

Is that why the clutch had me?

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 09:53 PM

Is that why the clutch had me?


No clutch, that's the brake. ..........HYDRO

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 11:15 PM

WOW! This one even has the donaldson muffler yet with the guard, I've only ever seen the guards on the higher end Mtd's , like the Whites and Columbias.

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Posted November 14, 2011 - 11:48 PM

so dude, is that your tractor, one you found for sale or thinking of purchasing?

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Posted November 15, 2011 - 05:27 AM

Just to add my 2 cents.Yes,no question about it ,it's an MTD.

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Posted November 15, 2011 - 09:24 PM

As Olcowhand stated, it's an MTD 990. I believe the JCPenneys version was a one year only deal and I want to say 1974, maybe 1973. I think I read the Penney's tractors were made by Gilson before this model and Simplicity after this one. I see it says 16hp so it's a no older than '73 (990's were 14hp in '71 and 15hp in '72) and LAGT magazine has an article on a '75 Penney's Simplicity.
For what its worth, Penneys also sold the MTD 960, a manual transmission version of these with different fenders and a slightly shorter wheelbase.




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