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post #1 of 16 Old 09-01-2012, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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I just got this Craftsman LT4000. The 15.5 OHV Kohler currently doesn't run. The 42 inch deck is in great shape and is newer to the tractor. The previous owner told me the engine had a bad coil and wasn't getting spark. I haven't checked the spark yet because the battery was dead. The frame is also cracked by the front axle. I have a few questions. What year is it? Model number- 917.257660. Serial Number- 052594D. What is it worth running with the deck? Thanks! On to the pictures!




















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serial number 05/25/1994

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Thanks you! So that's you tell eh! Cool! Thanks again!

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also take the blower housing off and take the kill wire off the mag. to make sure thats it is the mag thats out and not a short in the harness

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also take the blower housing off and take the kill wire off the mag. to make sure thats it is the mag thats out and not a short in the harness
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what i do if its a short in the tractor thats grounding out the mag is i put a toggle switch on the dash and run new wire to the mag and then ground other sideof toggle switch to the frame. thats just what i do to be a quick fix

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what i do if its a short in the tractor thats grounding out the mag is i put a toggle switch on the dash and run new wire to the mag and then ground other sideof toggle switch to the frame. thats just what i do to be a quick fix


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nice lt1000

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nice lt1000
It smokes a lot, I am guessing it needs new rings. lol

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is it a ohv? could have a blown head gasket. if it is i set the vavles to 5 thousandths on both intake and exhaust.

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is it a ohv? could have a blown head gasket. if it is i set the vavles to 5 thousandths on both intake and exhaust.
Yeah it's OHV. I set the valves to 5 today and it still smokes. Probably the head gasket. What kind of rear end are in the LT1000 Spicer? Or Peerless?

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is it a ohv? could have a blown head gasket. if it is i set the vavles to 5 thousandths on both intake and exhaust.
Why set them to the minimum on one valve and the maximum on the other, when you can set them both in the middle of their range with the SAME effort?

Do you only own a .005" feeler gauge?

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Yeah it's OHV. I set the valves to 5 today and it still smokes. Probably the head gasket. What kind of rear end are in the LT1000 Spicer? Or Peerless?
Im pretty sure it is peerless. They are a fun little tractor to mod cause parts are cheap and easy to find.
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Im pretty sure it is peerless. They are a fun little tractor to mod cause parts are cheap and easy to find.
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