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Old 08-13-2012, 07:24 AM   post #121 of 140
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I recently had an issue with my 955 where the unit would not crank. I reviewed the wiring diagram and determined that this had to be an issue with the neutral safety switch.

The neutral safety switch bracket and wiring harness is underneath the center panel just in front of the seat, so I removed the center panel, disconnected the harness and jumpered across the connections and sure enough my tractor started right up. I took this opportunity to drive the tractor to the garage where it would be much easier to work on.

I ordered the new switch and proceeded to take the center section of the tractor apart to replace it. Once you have the center panel off, and the shift level panel off there are only two more items to remove, the linkage to the pedals (1 bolt), and the retaining bolt for the neutral safety switch bracket (1 bolt).

I have included a picture of this bracket. You can see that the old switch was actually broken in half. Also note the spacer underneath of the switch assembly. This spacer is required to ensure the proper alignment of the neutral safety switch with the roller that presses on the switch.

The total time to remove all panels, replace the switch and have everything reassembled, about 2 hours.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:47 PM   post #122 of 140
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I own a 755 with a pesky oil leak. I beginning to thing itís coming from the main oil seal. Has anyone experienced a leak in this location?
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:12 AM   post #123 of 140
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I had a hydro line come loose on my 855 under the floor. It was an aggravating leak. It would leak, then I'd take the middle of the floor out to find it and it wouldn't leak. Put it back and it would leak again. Finally I caught it in the act. One line was almost all the way off and the other was loose too.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:49 PM   post #124 of 140
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Just bought a JD755 yesterday and got it home in two loads on my single axle trailer. As a mower it is way over kill for our 2 acre yard, BUT, as a snowblower, it will earn its keep fighting Lake Erie 'lake effect' snow drifts --- This is one tough built machine, was very happy to get it!!
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:52 PM   post #125 of 140
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Good looking tractor Ray! The blower in the background looks to be in great shape too. Are those a couple of extra wheels on the trailer too?
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:24 PM   post #126 of 140
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Ha! Good eyes, but, you won't really believe this... those wheel rims are the "mid-ramp supports" for the old wood ramps that go with my trailer!! They were left at a dumpster and I snagged them. They are lighter than cinder blocks, don't chew up your hands when you pick them up like the blocks do, and are wide enough to help keep the ramps from rocking if you don't run square up the middle.
Now, 'somewhere' I have newer aluminuminum ramps, but somewhere is a pretty large place.

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:01 AM   post #127 of 140
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Nice set up. Congrats
I have an 855 about the same vintage I imagine. Like you say it is a real brute for power and usefulness.

The one thing I did that helped a lot with snow work is to load the turf tires with anti freeze and ww fluid. That and two link ladder chains make snow work a breeze. Loaded tires make FEL work easier, and don't cause problems mowing.

Enjoy
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:09 PM   post #128 of 140
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Bought this 955 and dragged it home two years ago:

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Don't let the decal on the hood fool ya... that's no 430.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:34 PM   post #129 of 140
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Bought this 955 and dragged it home two years ago:

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I used it to unload this partial 955 that I bought several months later:

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With a combination of pieces and parts from both (and other tractors) it now looks like this:

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Don't let the decal on the hood fool ya... that's no 430.
Nice rebuild...

That 430 decal will someday just confuse the heck out of a future owner...can just see that post in the future on MTF...
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:58 PM   post #130 of 140
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Very nice.

Did you document your rebuild with pics? If so, I'd love to see a thread on it.
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Very nice.

Did you document your rebuild with pics? If so, I'd love to see a thread on it.
No, I did not. I'd still be working on it if I'd taken the time to clean my hands and pick up the camera after every step. There just wasn't enough time in my busy schedule for all that. I was lucky to get the time in on it that I did.

It was nice to use it instead of working on it for a change. Hooked up the brush hog tonight and did a little mowing that I've put off to work on the tractor. The grass in the "pasture" was getting pretty tall and thick, so I cut it with the brush hog this time.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:58 AM   post #132 of 140
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You did a great job on the 955 !! My 855 Loves the tires and rims I got from you. A couple boot patches in the rears , new tubes and new fluid and they are still way better than the turfs that were on it , I doubt I'll ever put them on again.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:11 AM   post #133 of 140
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Just wanted to say to all you guys fixing up these -55 series tractors: Wow! Nice work. They a really have a strong, classic look about them. Keep the photos coming.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:11 PM   post #134 of 140
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Anyone have one of these units? Likes and dislikes? There seem to be a decent amount of them around without a ton of hours and prices seem ok too. Just curious if they have any known issues or problems. Thanks!
had a 955 for over twenty years love it, it does all I need. but right now I need a radiator for it. otherwise very good maching.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:17 PM   post #135 of 140
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Bought this 955 and dragged it home two years ago:

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I used it to unload this partial 955 that I bought several months later:

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With a combination of pieces and parts from both (and other tractors) it now looks like this:

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Don't let the decal on the hood fool ya... that's no 430.
you wouldn"t have a radiator lieing around for a 955 would you?
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