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post #1 of 18 Old 04-22-2018, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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1976 Sears SS/18 Restoration Complete!

First Sears restoration in 9 years! Met a great seller. Previous owners had purchased the tractor (slightly used) in 1977. Both father and son worked for Sears on the assembly line and as technicians for a number of years. The sellers late father used the tractor up until he passed away a few months ago. Seller really wanted me to purchase the tractor to restore it, and wanted to send it to a good home. Got a great deal on it; weights, extra set of tires/rims, trans, extra cone/hood, deck, snow thrower and a front blade.

Tractor came to me with an ST dash on it. I chose to keep it. I added strobes/floods to the front and rear, backlit ammeter, new belt, hoses, brake band, front tires, and replaced most of the wiring harness. New decals throughout and had a custom decal made for the dash, Replaced 95% of the fasteners throughout. Tractor was well used, but luckily it was garaged for 40 years. Apart from having to re-tap sheared trans bolts, the tractor was in great shape. This SS is going to be my new workhorse. Fun build!




















































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post #2 of 18 Old 04-22-2018, 09:42 PM
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Really nice job.

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Really nice! reminds me of my Old Girl restore 1978 Roper 20T https://www.mytractorforum.com/14-cra...975-roper.html

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Looks great. Another job well done.

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Re: 1976 Sears SS/18 Restoration Complete!

****, I wish I had the patience to that kind of AWESOME work!

Seriously, nice work! Can you redo my GT6000 next?

On a side note, Where & How much did you get the new Model/Serial Number Tag?

Details please!

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Joe, very nice facelift on the old girl!

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Re: 1976 Sears SS/18 Restoration Complete!

Wow! That was quite the transformation. Nice work!

Makes me want to go out and find one to work on...

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very nice darn good job

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Looks lovely great job
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Nicely done, Joe! You definitely have a talent there.

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Re: 1976 Sears SS/18 Restoration Complete!

Looks fantastic! You're the first guy I have seen use the Hi runs, and they look nice. Do you still want that bracket?

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Looks fantastic! You're the first guy I have seen use the Hi runs, and they look nice. Do you still want that bracket?
I do! Check your PM


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1976 Sears SS/18
1994 Cushman Police ATM
1971 Sears SS/14
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Re: 1976 Sears SS/18 Restoration Complete!

joemvkna,

Where where you able to get the NEW Model/Serial Number Tag?

Mine is in sad shape and darn need impossible to read, needs replacement...

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