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1984 Sears Craftsman GT-18 Model 917.253.744 Restoration Project

18hp mower gt18 deck project parts 6 speed

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#1 GT18 Grampa OFFLINE  

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Posted March 09, 2019 - 06:23 PM

FOR SALE: Sears Craftsman GT-18 from 1984. The model number is 917.253.744
It features a 18HP Briggs & Stratton opposable horizontal shaft 2 cylinder engine, it is geared with a hydrodrive 6 speed transmission and a 44" enclosed mower deck. To the best of my knowledge the tractor is complete (except for the seat).

However, I can tell you that the previous owner said that the engine threw a rod, although, I have not been able to find any evidence of that, YET. It kind of doesn't matter though. The owner said the motor hasn't run in quite some time. My thinking is that anyone doing a restoration would want to tear the engine down and replace any parts that wouldn't keep this thing running forever. No doubt that the years haven't been kind to it, but it will come back better than ever with some TLC and elbow grease.

Anyone who restores tractors realizes this is an amazing find. Most tractors this old usually is missing the mower deck and other parts. Also the GT-18 uses so many attachments that it is highly sought after to run snowblower, plow, thatcher, and numerous towables.   Price is $450.00 firm.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  I will do my best to answer them.

GT-18 right side view.jpg GT-18 console closeup left.jpg GT-18 console closeup right.jpg GT-18 engine view.jpg GT-18 hydrodrive.jpg GT-18 lower controls.jpg GT-18 mower deck.jpg GT-18 rear tire and rim.jpg GT-18 Rear Tires.jpg GT-18 Console.jpg GT-18 engine view2.jpg GT-18 six speed.jpg


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Posted March 09, 2019 - 07:11 PM

Looking at the pics, this cannot be a 1984. That body style ended in 1983! And I wouldn't give that kind of money for a non-running tractor!


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Posted March 10, 2019 - 05:19 AM

Shame it's not a running tractor.
But a thrown rod,wires hanging out, tarp straps and $450 firm puts a big hurt on it...! 🤘

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Posted March 10, 2019 - 07:53 AM

I think he put the decimal in the wrong place

45 bucks sounds about right for it since its a restoraion project

Lots of people with little knowledge, thinking what they have is a gold mine, have to love what shows like the pickers, antque road show, storage wars etc. giving false prices on things, they may sell them at that price but how long does it take before the sucker comes along

In my opion he will have this tractor till the day he dies or it rots before he gets 450 firm 



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Posted March 10, 2019 - 11:39 AM

The two Craftsman II I have 1988 vintage were purchased for less than $100 each, and they started up with fresh battery and gas before the restores.


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Posted March 10, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The two Craftsman II I have 1988 vintage were purchased for less than $100 each, and they started up with fresh battery and gas before the restores.

If it threw a rod, doubt that would help, Larry!


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Posted March 10, 2019 - 05:51 PM

I remember this member tried selling this same tractor a year or two ago.  It would probably be better to part it out, because there's absolutely no way that it would sell for anywhere even close to $450.


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Posted March 11, 2019 - 08:55 PM

Paid $100 for a running Gt18 a few years ago, vari-drive was shot.  Saved the engine, junked the rest.  That  6 speed would be a nice trans-axle to have though.


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Posted March 12, 2019 - 03:27 PM

Looking at the pics, this cannot be a 1984. That body style ended in 1983! And I wouldn't give that kind of money for a non-running tractor!

I am going strictly by the model number.  When I entered it in the search function, that is the year listed.  How do I confirm the correct year?


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Posted March 12, 2019 - 03:37 PM

Thanks for your comments.  I'll have to re-think my asking price or maybe part it out.


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Posted March 12, 2019 - 04:38 PM

I am going strictly by the model number.  When I entered it in the search function, that is the year listed.  How do I confirm the correct year?

That style was only available between 1981-1983, 1984's were boxy looking.


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Posted March 12, 2019 - 06:48 PM

Thanks for your comments.  I'll have to re-think my asking price or maybe part it out.

I don't believe anyone here was trying to offend you. Just everyone's opinion including myself. Some models are definitely more desirable than others. Not so sure about yours with the shape that it is in.

A lot of guys here live,eat and drink garden tractors and know what they're talking. They've seen many people come and go asking prices that would make your eye's water. I guess you can ask anything you want but you might want to be prepared for smack if the amount seems ridiculous. Though that can happen no matter what price you are asking sometimes.

Just my humble opinion....👍
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