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#1 rgrinder OFFLINE  

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Posted January 07, 2020 - 01:30 AM

Hey all,

I recently acquired a Gilson garden tractor. At first I had no idea as to what it is because in the past all the hood labels have been painted over and the model/ serial number tag has been apparently removed and it has a Craftsman seat. After several Google searches, I found a picture of one that looks like it. The date code on the engine is 09/27/76 (or 76092710 so I'm guessing that it is a 76 or 77 but I'm not positive. It has a 16 hp. Briggs engine, 4 speed trans. without variable speed and a band type brake, and is orange. It came with a mower deck. a front plow with a Sears tag, and a rear plow and a home made 3 point setup. So an educated guess tells me that it is a Gear-16. I downloaded the 74 and 75 parts documents, unfortunately they don't list anything newer. It has turf tires with a serious case of dry rot that will be replaced after I make it go.

Tractor.info lists most models and years, and after a process of elimination I guess that the model is probably 53030, but again I'm not sure.

What I'm wondering is if someone out there has any newer documentation that can get me closer to figuring out exactly what this is. I plan on posting pics. in the future.

Thanks for anything that you can help with.


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Posted January 07, 2020 - 08:22 AM

I don't know much about Gilson's, sorry.  Just wanted to welcome you to the forum  :wave:  


Some one in the know should be along to help you out.

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Posted January 07, 2020 - 09:27 AM

Welcome to the forum I know a guy who bent a set of mower ramps in half loading a gilson on his truck guess they are pretty heavy

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Posted January 07, 2020 - 03:15 PM

Welcome aboard,    :welcome:

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Posted January 07, 2020 - 10:33 PM

Welcome in.

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Posted January 07, 2020 - 11:52 PM

Hey Rgrinder


Welcome again to GT Talk.  Post some pictures and we might be able to help more.  IIRC, Gilson built Ford's LGT series garden tractors... they were an excellent machine.


If you need help posting pictures, send me a private message from GT Talk and I'll give you my phone number.  It's a local call in most of Salt Lake.



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Posted January 08, 2020 - 01:32 AM

Thanks to all for the welcome. I took some pics. today, hopefully I can post them, here goes.......

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Posted January 08, 2020 - 01:34 AM


Worked first try.


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Posted January 08, 2020 - 08:34 PM

I am guessing it is a 53014 or 53016, and a bit older than you think.   73  or 74.  The reason I say that is that the floor boards don't match up to the 53030.  I have one that looks just like yours, but had the variator, and was originally a twin, since changed to a single. The 53014 and 53016 are the same body style as mine, single cylinder, and had a 4 cylinder with no variator.  

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Posted January 09, 2020 - 01:35 AM

53014/ 53016 are the earlier separate hood grill style, PLEASE allow me to explain how I came to my conclusion: first I downloaded the 73, 74, and 75 parts books. 73 lists the 2 piece hood/ grill with headlamps bolted to the sides of the grill, that's 53012-53017. 74 lists the seat platform and rear fenders as separate items with the seat platform hinged at the front, that's 53018-53022. None of the above match what I have. 75 lists the one piece hood/grill like what started in 74 and one piece rear seat platform/ rear fender assembly hinged at the rear like I have. 53023 is 10 hp., no match. 53024, 53025 are variable speed gear, again not mine. 53026 has hydraulic lift, and 53027-53029 have hydrostatic trans. None of this matches what I have. Using other information found at tractor data.net and tractor.info, I made an educated guess based on the fact that my engine date code is 7609271 or a Sept. 27, 1976 build date. Yes I know that some one some time in the past could have changed the engine, but I seriously doubt that idea.

Again like I stated in my original post, I AM GUESSING as to what it is because the original ID tag is missing.

As for the footrests vs. running boards, who knows, they could have never been installed, or they could have been removed, it doesn't make much difference. As for as I am concerned it doesn't much matter, I did not base my conclusion on them being there or not, I based it on other more definite things like the seat platform, the one piece hood grill assy. and the engine model and date code.

In other words I tried to do a bit of research before I made my guess.

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Posted May 09, 2020 - 11:17 AM

How can you tell what model is you Gilson Tractor? Thanks a bunch.

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Posted May 13, 2020 - 10:48 PM

Look for the model id tag. Should be on the frame somewhere, usually on the right side. IF it is missing, good luck about all you can do then is to make an educated guess as there is not as much information out there like other makes.



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