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.