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    New addition to the herd...

    And it's orange!


    A week or two ago, a neighbor of mine asked if I wanted an old riding mower. Hasn't run in 4 years, sitting behind the barn, free if I want it. Since all my good lawn equipment is in TN, I'm using a 21" push mower out here. Sure, I'll take a free riding mower!

    He carried it (literally) down here last night, in the loader of his JD 870. It's an old Montgomery Wards 38" cut riding mower in pretty rough shape. Flat tires, no battery, trashed seat, etc. Imagine an old riding mower that was left behind a barn for years because the owner bought a Deere rider. That's this thing.

    So today, I decided to see what I could do with it. I don't need it to last forever, just until I get my equipment from TN out here, then I can pass this thing on to the next guy. As a result, I don't want to spend any more than necessary which meant I wasn't going to go buy a battery until I knew the thing was salvageable. I took a set of jumper cables and hooked the mower's battery cables to my truck for test purposes. The starter had a few issues, so I pulled it off and disassembled it. I cleaned the commutator with a stone and put it all back together, which got it turning over. Added some fuel, fiddled with it a bit, and before long it was running. Three of the four tires hold air, the 4th is going to get a dose of Slime tire sealer. The front two tires are off of a two wheeler. This thing has been a 'budget' machine for a while. In any case, it ran and moved under it's own power. I had to pull the deck off and repair a mount for one of the pulleys, but I think that'll resolve things well enough to cut the grass.

    So now there's orange in the driveway. I need to go to get a battery for it tomorrow, and I might even buy it a new spark plug. Maybe I can get Gizmo to send some green paint out here and I'll spruce it up a little.


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    Someone should move this thread to the Other Tractor Site..... and pronto!
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    Nice job Blake!

    Sure beats pushing it, no matter what color it is.

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    Now all you need is some duct tape for the seat and a beer holder. Maybe a 6" stack too.
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    I think this seat is beyond duct tape. It's all the way up to "put some cardboard over it" level. What stinks is I tossed out two or three fairly decent used seats before moving.

    I think I tossed out a 5" exhaust stack as well. Ah well, guess I'll get by...
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    So the beer holder is a go?
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