john deere 317

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by dalewoo, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. dalewoo

    dalewoo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I just picked up a John Deere 317 from a good friend. It's in excellent shape but has not been used in 3 or 4 years. Kept under cover in a barn.
    The plate on the dash has a serial # C317 L194864M.
    My local dealer said this number does not tell him anything.
    I am in the process of removing gas tank to clean out. Then will remove plugs and put a little oil in there. Charging battery. Will turn engine over some before trying to start.
    I need the manual on this thing but don't even know the year.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated!
  2. lgmech

    lgmech LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    If a Deere dealer can't figure this one out, he's in trouble or lazy.

    C = tractor
    317 = model
    L = year (1982 in this case)
    (six digit number) = serial number
    M = factory designation (M=Horicon)


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