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Old 06-30-2008, 08:50 PM   #1
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Question Sears LT/10

I just acquired a Sears LT/10-36 tractor. Anyone have any info? Numbers are below. It's pretty decent for the year. It has a 10hp Tecumseh and a 4 speed tranny. I need to do a tune up and clean the carb, and then maybe tommorow I can take it for a ride. I'm going to disassemble it and clean it, and maybe even do a paint job. I'll be using it this summer/fall to haul trailer loads of wood around the property. I'm most interested to find out the year. Anyone know? I can get engine #'s tommorow to see the approx. year of the engine but anyone have guesses? Thanks.

Model: 917.255130
Serial: 3627v-014047








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Old 07-01-2008, 12:15 AM   #2
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Looks like a solid mower! Just going to use it to haul things this summer? Plans to restore it?
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:21 AM   #3
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Looks like a solid mower! Just going to use it to haul things this summer? Plans to restore it?

Thanks! Yup, just hauling stuff. I have an 18.5hp v-twin Poulan Pro that I use for cutting the grass (man that thing loves to suck up gas!). Today I'm just going to focus on cleaning the carb and getting her to the point where I can at least drive her around the yard. I just might do a quick resto on her, but I guess we'll see. Here's a question: does anyone know the name of the original color and where I can buy it? Thanks. Here's what I plan to do (if anyone has any other input feel free):

-clean carb
-new fuel filter
-oil change
-clean/re-oil spnge air filter
-new plug
-new battery (or at least one that hold a charge...)
-new gas cap (it looks like it's melted)
-paint (at least over rusted areas so it doesn't spread)
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:51 AM   #4
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Nice tractor- id restore it. From what ive herd lately, Sears is a pain in the butt- they want to sell em and never see them again- Id try to match up the paint at either an autoparts store or tractor parts dealer.
I think the older tractors have alot more character then the newer ones- suppose thats why my oldest one is a 1969 and my newest is a 2003-older ones look so much cooler.
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:56 AM   #5
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Yea, I think the older ones have WAY more character. I just found out that I (believe) have a burnt exhuast valve. What do you think? Here is what it is doing:

-hard to start
-spits fuel droplets out the pipe when cranking
-and when you put your hand on the pipe when cranking you can feel a suction at a certain spot
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:24 PM   #6
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Might be a stuck valve. Sometimes, if an engine sits for an extended time with a valve open, it gets "varnished/rusted/gummed....etc. " into place.
That probably has a valve cover behind the carb. I'd pull that and make sure the valves are moving. Or pull the head to do the same.

BTW, when shutting off my small 1 cylinder engines, I pull the recoil cord until I feel the compression stroke. This insures the valves are closed and the cylinder is "sealed" from the atmosphere.
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:17 PM   #7
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If it starts, it isn't a stuck valve.
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:20 PM   #8
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I found out what it is today. It could probably use a valve job, but the problem is bad rings.
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:21 PM   #9
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Put that part number in the Sears parts search on the sears website and it comes up. I see a wiring diagram right now..was hoping to get something with a year on it. BRB
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:25 PM   #10
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Run it awhile and see if it doesn't improve. Might have some oxidation on the cylinder walls from sitting.

2 out of 3 engines I start after sitting for many years stop smoking withing a short while. My Economy with a 14hp Kohler smoked at the auction, never smoked or leaked since. Same with a Deere 322 with yanmar 3cylinder gas engine. (I was sweating over that one)
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Most of the parts are discontinued including the manual, but there are a lot of bronze bushings in stock. Wierd.

Tecumseh verticle shaft engines aren't rare or valuable, you can probably nab one cheap, and the briggs 10 -11-12hp verticle shafts are a dime a dozen. I've got so many laying around I don't know what runs & what doesn't. Stopped buying them for $10-$15 at auctions because I don't have room for them..and I'll bet one would slip in with not much fuss.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:22 PM   #12
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I'm guessing around '85. I just sold 11hp 38" cut that looked like yours and it was an 88'
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I'm guessing around '85. I just sold 11hp 38" cut that looked like yours and it was an 88'

Nope, a friend ran the #'s and it's a '78.
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Run it awhile and see if it doesn't improve. Might have some oxidation on the cylinder walls from sitting.

2 out of 3 engines I start after sitting for many years stop smoking withing a short while. My Economy with a 14hp Kohler smoked at the auction, never smoked or leaked since. Same with a Deere 322 with yanmar 3cylinder gas engine. (I was sweating over that one)
I already have the head off, it doesn't want to run for any period of time. It looks good inside minus all the carbon. The blow-by is rediculous on this thing!
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Old 07-03-2008, 01:49 PM   #15
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Being that old it might have points- id check for that extra wire that goes from the magneto under the flywheel- probably needs new points. I had an old 10HP teccy dynamark - it would run fine when cold but once it heated up it would quit and not restart till cold again.

Im against engine additives , but id try to use either some marvel's mystery oil or seamfoam - let it soak in- might free up those rings. Worth a shot before either living with the blowby or rebuilding/replacing the motor.
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