Last week my wife and I drove an hour out of town to look to look over a 1954 Model 70. I'm very close to closing the deal with the owner, so I thought I'd some of this out here so I can hit the ground running once I take possession. There are some strange/less than great things about this old girl. Here are a few:
1. The deceased owner was in the middle of a break job when he died. So, the drums have been sitting off for years and they have not yet located the nut, washers and brake shoes and linings. Yay.
2. This tractor had some work done to it (sand blast and paint, new tires, alternator, exhaust) and was left to set outside for at least 10 years.
3. The tractor had not been run in at least 5 years, but I was able to verify that that engine is free. Obviously, they were having trouble with it as the spark plug wires, coil wire, and battery are missing too.
4. It is a factory gas tractor, but was retrofitted with LP components and a big ugly tank. That makes me a little nervous, so I think I'm going to try to get it to run on gas before I work on the LP stuff.
All of this said, it is very clean and straight and the rear tires are 80% plus and in great shape. I'm hopeful that I can get it home and get it running fairly quickly. I will post photos as soon as I can and keep you posted on our progress.
If your going to try and get it running on gas, you will probably have to find a carb for it. The lack of a bowl on an LP makes it a bit tougher and if your a purist...finding a gas carb for a 70 is like looking for unicorn tears...all fuels arent much easier to find. At least 720/730 carbs will work.
I guess i should have asked, what parts are you looking for? I have a couple 70's and a 720 that i am going to part out. if your in OKC your not all that far from me, like 5 hours, ish.
I dont know if you know this or not, but all the 2 cylinder parts manuals are available on deeres web site for free download, you can also order the service manual. I&T makes one, but in my humblest of opinions, its crap. Most things are the same from the 50 to the 70 and the 720/730, spec wise. There are some exceptions but all in all.
if you need anything let me know, ill do what i can to help
Thanks very much. I'm picking up the tractor soon. I'm going to print off the manuals you mentioned (that I didn't know about) and see how things actually look when I get her home. I will be in touch soon. Thanks again very much.