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Old 11-29-2012, 03:51 PM
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:51 PM
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Same to you, Have you had it since since new??
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Yes. They've made a little bit of money for me.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:37 PM
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Have you had it since since new?
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two of them have been in the family since they were purchased.... I'm 32, IH sold the garden tractor/mower lineup to MTD the year I was born.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:40 PM
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That's really old. Maybe we should add what the last most detailed service was done to the machine? I'd sure like to know what it takes to keep a 70 yr old tractor going!
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it doesn't take as much to keep an old tractor running as it does a new one. I purchased a '49 FA Cub from the original owner... He *thought* he changed the oil in it twice, and the magneto on it once. The fluids in the final drives were the consistency of grease, not oil.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:15 PM
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it doesn't take as much to keep an old tractor running as it does a new one. I purchased a '49 FA Cub from the original owner... He *thought* he changed the oil in it twice, and the magneto on it once. The fluids in the final drives were the consistency of grease, not oil.
Yep that's the thing about older engines/equipment. Their tolerances were nowhere near as exact as the newer stuff. And because of this, could get by with sludge oil lubricating them. I had a guy drop off a 15 yr old MTD with a quantum Briggs motor on it that took me 45 minutes to change the oil because it was the consistency of Elmer's glue. I thought that after I fired it up after filling it with synthetic Rotala it might start gushing!

It's a double edge sword really. The newer stuff performs an unbelievable amount better with smaller displacement/is much more efficient/much much cleaner burning. But they do demand proper maintenance with the proper fluids.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:03 PM
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Have to agree...Not much to keeping the old tractor up and running! Remember to turn of the gas and she starts right up.
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