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post #31 of 54 Old 03-20-2009, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

So, some parts I'm still in the market for:

LB740863 - Pulley - Pulley, Engine, Single Pullley, (for use w/ Electric PTO clutch)
LB702815 - Pulley - Pulley, idler (mower deck idler pulley. The one I have may last years, months, weeks. Who knows?)
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LB702761 - Link, Connecting - Link, Mower Lift - for gear tractors
LB701145 - tie-rod - Link, Drag (it's not really a tie-rod that connects the two front wheels/knuckles, but rather the arm from the turning gear to the left knuckle assembly)

Anyone got any parts? Let me know.

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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

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Have you tried the Lawn Boy parts site. As you know, Lawn Boy bought Gilson in 1988 just before Toro bought Lawn boy. The Lawn boy YT16 was functionally the same as your Gilson YT16 and many parts are still available for them thru Lawn Boy. Try model 52140.
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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Gonna be a beautiful day here today.

Thought I'd get one of the tires plugged on the tractor, and drive it around the yard. I picked up a plug kit yesturday. The plug is in, and now I can't find my tire air chuck. The 12V pump is in one of the cars. The jack is in the oher car, neither car is here. And my foot pump is broken.

On the lighter side of things, I've got these coming to me in the mail next week:

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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Hey there. The last (and first) time I had the tractor out, it ran nicely, but it seemed to want to shut off near the end of my 15 minute or so excursion. When I had it running a week or so before that, it ran for a minute or so, and faded out.

I was thinking fuel supply problem, or lower on fual than the gauge indicated.

I was just out again today for the first time since driving it, and it's doing the same thing. First, it wouldn't start, so I added fuel and it started immediately. So it syarts immediately, runs smoother ofcourse with the choke off, and it's responsive to adjustments in the throttle. A short while later, the revs will decrease as though it's going to stall, and then come back up to speed, a short while later it will do the same thing and may or may not shut off completely.

I didn't put a LOT of fuel in the tank incase I need to disconnect the line sooner than later. But obviously it was too low at first today. Is it possible that it's still too low?

So I just need to added yet more fuel to keep it running smoothly?

I know a good way to find out is to add more fuel, but I don't want too much in the tank at this stage...

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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

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Coop;
Have you tried the Lawn Boy parts site. As you know, Lawn Boy bought Gilson in 1988 just before Toro bought Lawn boy. The Lawn boy YT16 was functionally the same as your Gilson YT16 and many parts are still available for them thru Lawn Boy. Try model 52140.
Sorry I missed this. Yes, I was aware of Lawnboy's affiliation, and have looked at the same (as New Holland) parts lists on LB's website.

I've approached a local shop/dealer about LB parts, some time ago actually, and they seem to have forgotten about me. Contact New Holland locally too, and they can get it all, but I'm comparing prices.
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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Coop,
My YT16 did the same thing, it would run fine till warmed up, then act like it was going to die. I found that my fuel line had been moved from its original location and I was getting a vapor lock. I replaced the fuel line and made sure to put it back where it belonged, problem solved. BTW, I cleaned the fuel tank and replaced the fuel filter too.

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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

After posting above I went back and looked at a few of your pictures and it appears that your fuel hose is in the right place. Mine was removed from the clips above the right spark plug and left hanging below the head.
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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Steve. I have this one with the black deck. The picture is a little deceptive in scale as the tractor is actually a lot longer and taller than it looks. (no pic) Man it moves slow in 1st gear.
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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

This tractor came w/ its original black deck.

Conan, are you referring to the 42" 2-blade black deck. Fairly shallow, w/ plstic belt guard? If so, do you have pics of the lift cable, where it attaches to the deck?

The previous owner for some reason hung the front from cables though the right pieces seem to be there to hook it up properly. But I don't know exactly where the lift-cable attaches, or how it attaches to the lift arm originally, or roughly how long said cable is.

I have a copy of the user manual coming for the original deck. Thought I'd play with that one for a bit before I modify the engine pulleys and install electric PTO for the Ford deck.
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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Finally gotten around to maounting the deck to the underside of the tractor. Because I haven't had the time or weather yet to take the Ford deck outside to work on (everyone who responded to my sandblasting request ad turned out to be flakes) I'm settled for the stock OEM deck for the time being.

The previous owner said something about the mounting something-or-other being missing, but infact it's all there. He was simply mounting it the wrong way. Had I actually tried ahead of time I might've figured it out, but regardless I got the proper manual on CD-rom for this deck off eBay. Mounting is a piece of cake.

Two pins mount a lift bracket to the front hangers which are integrated into the front axle assembly so that the angle of the deck follows whatever terrain the front wheels follow. A chain hooks the front to the lift lever, and an aircraft cable connects the rear to the lift lever.

The original aircraft cable would've been an assembled part of X length. I still have to create this cable from scratch and then adjust the engagement tension on the belt.

here are a few pics from the manual


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I had originall thought those 3/8" lift pins were missing. But when I came home with bolts to modify, I found out they were there. I also originally though the front mount pins were missing, and figured out they were there when I came home with bolts. So the only thing missing is the aircraft cable.

The deck, as far as I can tell now, just BARELY fits through the door of the shed when it's mounted to the tractor. I have about 1/2-3/4" I can trim off the jam if I need to, and still be completely closed when the doors are closed. Once it's on and all the proper tensiones etc are set, I'll take it outside and learn whether the deck will get hung up when I dgo down the ramp to the shed.

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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Unfortunately, it looked like rain, so I didn't get any pics, but this machine has performed its first mow for me and it performed beautifully with the original deck on it (for now).
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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Finally some new pics:





I was just over talking to one of my neighbours. He has a 2-3 year-old Jogn Deer ride-on. When he first got it, he must've been despirate for the seat-time because he mowed my yard 3-4 times until I mentioned it was too short.

Anyway, his JD doesn't seem to offer as nice a cut as my old Gilson w/ 2-blade deck.
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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Just had the tractor out and finished what might be the last mow of the season. It's been two weeks since the last mow, and it was just due. Growing very slowly now.

Tractor worked flawlessly, aside from one of the idler pulleys on the deck is sticking. A little PB freed it up, but it's toast.

Got a quote of $250 to have the Ford deck blasted and powdercoated. Sounds a bit high, but I had one other quote for as much (maybe it was the same guy). Maybe I'll get it done over the winter. I'd like to check first that the electric PTO I have is operational though.

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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Got a couple new wheels/tires. Came off a larger LD dump trailer at work, that was written off/destroyed. Someone salvaged the wheels/tires from it, and they found me. $1.00 a piece.

Wheel offset is a bit different, so installed, the front wheels will be farther apart. Haven't tried them on for size yet. They have plain metal bushing-bearings on them whereas the stockers have plastic bushings.


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Re: 1982 Gilson 53063 16/42 project

Hey Coop, long time no see!

I had wondered how you were doing with the Gilson...and went back and reread your entire thread to remember where you were with the machine. Nice to see you still pluggin' along with the GT.

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