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This is my 1965-ish burns tractor. I spotted it's front poking out of a shed a while ago and was just dying to pick it up. Finally gathered the courage about 3 months ago to ask my nieghbour about it, and he said to just come pick it up. Took our Yamaha grizzly down, used the Kodiak to yank it out of its grave (good thing we did, the shed roof would've pushed it down into the mud pretty deep), and dragged it onto the trailer. Got it home, threw out the Wisconsin (no spark, no fuel, no compression, horribly rusted piston) and the neighbor paid a visit. Asked him some things about it and figured out it's been sitting with it's nose out from under the roof since 2001, 17 years! Amazingly, the only seized things were the jackshaft and the cables. Pulled out the jackshaft, removed the chains, got the belt off. I've been wanting to do something with it but sadly no one in my area knows what the word "cheap" means. Either the engine is sold and they don't delete the ad, or they have an outrageous price on it.
My brother sold one of his cubs, and the guy who bought it has an 8 horse for me. Forgot to ask if it runs, but it does have the starter gen setup (no starter gen, though) he just wants to trade it for a set of fenders.
 

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As it turns out my little tractor is actually a Burns B60 Suburban, it's supposed to have a 6 hp recoil start briggs, but has a 7 hp wisconsin. It was originally green with a black frame and white fenders, but it's now orange. It was originally around 3000$ (In today's money) in 1963
 

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Good thing you said $3000 in today's money :gizmo: I'll bet $3000 in '63 could have bought a Caddy! (to drive, not carry your golf clubs) :mocking:
 

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It was around 500$ in 1962 so that would be 4000$ today. I was only a thousand off.

Welp. Didn't pick up my motor yesterday... but that was completely overshadowed by fact that now my little tractor is a freaking tractorsicle. The transmission got full of water and now since it's below freezing...well, you can guess what happened. Luckily I sat the tractor up so it's only frozen around the differential and and the gears and shift forks were spared from the icy grip. I just put a chain to the hitch and used a bar through a chain link to kind of pick up the rear of the tractor to drag it inside. Guess it'll have to be a shed queen from now on. Now to pull the transmission, split the case and thaw it out, I guess.

Experimented with the burns logo size and location. Figured out where my headlights will go.

I need to get the rust off the frame. It's like a tumor, and I have to use a hammer and chisel to scrape it off.

As it turns out my Burns is actually a first year of production tractor. A 1962. The wisconsin it had was actually a 5.5 hp ACN.

I do find it interesting that the choke setting is normal, on or off, but the throttle is also labelled as on or off.
 

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Finally got my motor. It's only missing the muffler, coil, and spark plug. Came out of a cub cadet. It's supposed to be yellow not blue, obviously.
 

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So I tried getting it running, but the spark plug hole is stripped out. I knew it would leak. But hey, my tire is holding air and there is fuel to the engine.
 

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