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post #1 of 81 Old 11-05-2018, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Sears SS18 TWIN no. 917.25961

Going to be resurrecting this, my old man's tractor, bringing it back to life after 35 yrs. of sitting idle in the garage.

1 thing I know is that it has been in there and kept bone dry for all that time.
1 thing I don't know is how he put it away.
He has know idea, which blows my mind, and I just can't go there with him cause it'll turn into an argument.

So it'll just be easier for me to do a quick check. I plan on doing the basics. Drain fuel from tank, fuel lines, pull plugs....

I've already preemptively acquired some basic parts that my gut save time and aggravation by just replacing the before firing the motor. Fuel lines, in line fuel filter, air cleaner, oil filter, spark plugs, fuses, intake manifold gasket, diaphragm gasket, couple other misc. gaskets....obviously new battery

I was thinking I should probably pick up a new v belt?

I think those parts should just about do it for basics.....

Anyone have any other input as to anything I'm missing so I can get the parts and have them in hand before I make the drive from MA to PA to grab this pig I'm open ears, please chime in.

It has an Onan MS-BG 2980a 18 HP engine.

When my mother told me they gave away the 48" mower deck we had for it and metal drop gate trailer for hauling wood and stuff around I just about lost it. Oh well.....

Looking forward to this and will be sure to post up along the way!!

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Re: Sears SS18 TWIN no. 917.25961

Are you bringing this tractor home?
If you are taking this home. I think I would just save the aggravation and push it onto the trailer and get it running at home. I've moved 3 non running tractors this size the last couple years. Two I did by myself. I winched them on with a big ratchet straps.

I had a Sears as a few years ago. If I had the room, I would have kept it. They are nice.

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Hey Nickletwin thanks for the input. So that's the other thing....lol

I was originally planning on doing just that. Just getting it into the bed of my truck, and just getting it home.

Would be alot easier then having to load up tools and not forget anything......

But they/we do have a nice size 2 car garage that would be nice to do the preliminary work in of trying to get it fired up.

Also a good friend of mine is going to be there at the same time as me and he had done this with his old man's 72' cub cadet. So he has already been through the motions......

Now you've got me 2nd guessing my plan of attack. Just get in in the truck and deal with it at home with all my tools within reach or get it running then and there?

It would be nice to silence my parents, who are the most non-mechanicap people I have ever met in my life, by getting it running. And be able to drive the tractor up into the truck.....and more importantly be able to move it on it's own power when I get home......

More input please.....lol
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I would take it home and work on it. You'll need to take a bunch of stuff off to get it going properly anyway. You need to take the fuel tank off (which requires either taking the fenders or seat and spring off), change the fuel line and filter, file the points, change plugs, and you should take the intake/carb off, and clean the carb very well. I wouldn't worry about the belt till you get the tractor running, but the belt is a 5/8" by 83" kevlar or Power Rated belt.

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Just found your thread Pat. I agree with just getting it home first. They roll fairly easily and it shouldn't be too hard to get in your truck with a set of ramps. That way you can work at it at your leisure and everything is there. Nothing worse than trying to hurry far from home

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Cool guys, will do. Sound advice so far......I agree!! Thnx
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I wanna see a pic

In the garage:
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Lol....I here ya. Coming Ng soon trying to get the window to get down to PA and grab it from MA.

Between work, kids, etc.....well you guys know.......

Shooting for next week......stand by
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Re: Sears SS18 TWIN no. 917.25961

you going to keep it or give it back to him
this was all new high tek to him in the day. it is/was only a lawn mower to him

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I hear ya no2498.......my Pops is 80 yrs Old and has 0% interest in it.

Just got down here to PA. Took a quick look at the tractor sitting in the garage. Kills me to know it has just sat there idle for all this time. I was checking out the dash and saw the ignition. Then it got me to thinking, I hope he has the key!! Key is MIA......sucks. Mom and Dad have no clue where it is. I'm writing it off as gone.....are these keys universal? Gonna call my local Sears in the morning....found this.....

https://www.searspartsdirect.com/pro...j1vgw-0071-071

I'll know more in the morning........might just be putting this thing in the truck and wrenching on it at home. Would love to fire it up though.
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Good luck with Sears, they are out of the service business. Aftermarket switches are readily available if you can't locate a replacement key.
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Sears SS18 TWIN no. 917.25961you

? Not looking for any service from them, just parts........
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Hoping it doesn't come down to replacing the ignition just to get a new key ....
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Also.....at least 1 of the rear tires is shot. Big dry rott crack. I'm assuming the others are the same. I'll know more in the morning.

I plan on winching it up into my truck with the come along and the aid of a steep hill. Going to pull it down the driveway out to the hill then winch it into the truck.

Any advice on how not to damage the rims while moving it with flat tires?
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