Re: Montgomery Ward Garden Mark Squire 12
I have a Montgomery Ward tractor sitting in my garage,that a friend wanted me to fix up for him--circa 1978 I guess,a Gilson made one, with a rare rear discharge 38" deck too,and an 11 hp vertical Briggs for a power plant..it's in real decent shape considering it's age...
I have to get the guy who owns it to make up his mind--first he wants me to fix it up,so I get it running,and find it needs both of the belts for the deck and tranny,the deck belt had flipped over,and the tranny belt is all petrified and cracking -- (it has a 3 speed peerless transaxle)..and it had a seized up idler pulley on the deck,but I freed it up with some oil and heat,and it did mow some of my lawn before the blade drive v belt rolled over in the pulley grooves..
...it's a 96" long belt,and any over 60" are usually very expensive and rather hard to find locally,and the guy is balking at "spending any money"--it needs a front tire too,but all I have are dry rotted junk just like his,unfortunately....I'd have to pull off and measure the tranny belt,its not listed in my Dayco belt catalog,only the mower deck one is..(kinda strange?)..
The guy wanted to fix it up for his dad,who he originally bought this tractor for,in '78--but he's now 96 years old,and prefers his Wheel Horse/Toro 16/38sxl because it has a pedal operated hydrostat,and he cant use a clutch pedal anymore!..the Wheel Horse keeps trashing the blade belt with nearly every use,he runs over EVERYTHING with it-I've found speedometer cable,barbed wire,and a lot of other stuff wound around the blades every time I change the belt for him!..I suppose his eyes aren't so hot at his age..
Been sitting in my garage since June ,and now I need room for winter--so I'll have to discuss whether this guy really wants to fix it up,or just see if he can get a free indoor storage site for the winter ??..he did say he wants to fix it up tp "use around his used car lot"--but the sit down mower I fixed for him last year has sat out behind the building there, and rotted into the ground since,never used it once!..maybe I'll end up with this thing,I dont know!..I would like to get it out of my garage!..or add it to my collection perhaps!..