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#1 AcreFarm OFFLINE  



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Posted May 08, 2010 - 11:36 PM

Dad found this little gem Friday, and picked it up fairly cheap.
It's a '62 David Bradley (Sears) Suburban # 917.60622. It has been poorly repainted, but it looks mostly complete and unmolested, however since this is the first one I've seen up close I really don't know. Does anyone know where I could source a manual, or maybe a breakdown for it? Or really any info at all, since this is a new one on us.
The original Briggs engine is loose, but no compression. I'd guess a stuck valve, we'll see. The transaxle was stuck, but it does turn now... it's full of ATF now soaking good. The whole tractor was a flood victim back when Katrina hit. Tires show a little rot, but all hold air.
Anyway, on to the pics...
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Posted May 09, 2010 - 12:18 AM

That's a nice find. Good luck with it as you go over it.

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Posted May 09, 2010 - 06:46 AM

Nice Find! :thumbs:

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Posted May 09, 2010 - 06:54 AM

I'm really glad your Dad found and rescued that little gem, it could have easily ended up in the scrap pile. It's amazing how tough they built those little tractors back then.



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Posted May 10, 2010 - 08:18 PM

That is an awesome find, congrats on getting her. I can't wait to see it progress :D :thumbs:

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Posted May 11, 2010 - 08:38 AM

i have contact info for a guy who does David Bradley decals, let me know if you are interested, and btw, great find! congrats

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Posted May 22, 2010 - 05:02 PM

i used to have one with hand brakes it had been customized with a 10hp cast iron briggs and a shorten wheel horse hood.it looked factory.i love to find another one but i just dont see them often.

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Posted May 22, 2010 - 05:30 PM

Wow cant wait to see this when finished

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Posted May 22, 2010 - 07:07 PM

i used to have one with hand brakes i love to find another one but i just dont see them often.

Same here, mine had the hand brakes. I've likely said it in other posts, but I'm still kicking myself for trading her off. I gotta ask Jody what he did with it. I know he traded it later, but I'd love to track it down. I put hydraulics on mine & 3pt lift. They will work hard, I'm telling ya! Just don't try to back too heavy a load up....that friction reverse is good for tractor only, but a heavy load is too much for it. Forward it'll pull a tank! You'll likely have to take the clutch pulleys off to clean everything up good. Neat clutch system.

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Posted May 22, 2010 - 08:24 PM

The variable speed is free and smooth now, the rest still needs some work. The rear end still has a tight spot... Dad has it soaking with ATF. The coil is bad, but he has a replacement for it.
It is a neat little machine, that's for sure.

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Posted July 05, 2010 - 03:55 PM

I have an original manual from a DB model 917.60601 / 917.60602 that I still have from a Suburban that I sold years ago. I would be glad to send this manual to you to know that it is being used by someone who will value it. Please e-mail me at bradjury@yahoo.com if you are interested. I would like to get it out of my files as I am not a tractor enthusiast so please reply soon. Thanks!

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Posted October 04, 2010 - 07:48 AM

That 60601/2 manual is for a 1959, I'm sure it'll help with the '62,
but options and upgrades were many in those days.
Looks like original colors, and the newer cast grill.
Search the tractor name, and then the numbers, you'll find plenty.
Sears still carries some seals and bushings for it.

Watch out for left handed threads on the left front tire.

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Posted October 04, 2010 - 04:22 PM

I've never seen one of those. That's a great find! Good luck with the restoration, It should be a stunner when you've finished with it!

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Posted January 29, 2011 - 10:40 AM

Great Looking DB Suburban you got there...have you gotten any further with the restroration? Like to see more pics of your progress with her. I have a 59 Suburban I'm rebuilding now...still learning about the DB Suburbans, been into the walk behind DB's for many years. Good Luck DanO'

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Posted January 29, 2011 - 10:54 AM

Welcome bradjury,that's a neat looking DB,I don't believe I have seen one of those.