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I worked my hands to the bone on this one and finally got around to finishing it! This is the one that got me into the hobby and the tractor that me and my brother grew up using as kids. My grandfather bought it brand new in 1971, and it certainly is a member of the family. Every photo album we have for almost 40 years has this machine in it!

Tractor was used up until 1996(needed A LOT of work:engine, deck etc..) and it was parked in the garage up until my brother brought it back out in 2004 for a resto that just never materialized. It sat for another 6 years... I restored 3 tractors this year(I'll get around to posting pics of the Wheelhorse when I'm done with it), the GT/18 and lastly the SS/14.

I went all out on this one and it was a labor of love for my g-dad(old Marine). My best friend Justin came up for a lot of weekends from Newport News, VA to give me a hand with the engine work, my brother Edward helped with assembling the front and rear end, and my girlfriend Lindsey helped me with the floorboard rubber and aligning the rear lights(she's a keeper :trink40:). You guys are always a wealth of info and I solved a number of problems just by asking, and chatting. Thank you!

The amount of rust was way too much for me on this machine, so I had a local company sand blast every part for me. Good group of guys that are in contract with the gov't that sand/paint armored vehicles, industrial machines, and rigs from overseas for the military. If anyone, I figured they could handle this one. Saved me a lot of time. They also coated it with an epoxy primer. I learned a ton about engine work(including carb issues), assembly-reassemby, points etc.. while working on this tractor.

Added 5 bright LED's to the front and rear. I was also able to find a nice set of reproduction Briggs engine decals on-line as well as reproduction SS/14 decals from Corey over at FS decals(he does nice work). New brake band, new lines all around, new belts, new fluids, gaskets, bolts, tires, seat , the whole shabang. Mower decks are next.

I want my kids to enjoy this one :trink39:

I've been chomping at the bit to share this one with you guys. I like pics and I know you all do to, so here's a bunch of them, enjoy!

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WOW! joe, you do excellent work!!!! you should upload some videos to youtube
 

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ohmygod nice job!! where's you get all the stickers and decals???
 

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Awesome collection........JB.
 

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Nice work! That looks great, did you put the white on the tire letters? I like that a lot, and I also really really want your super12 in the left.
 

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Thanks guys! :trink40:

Reproduction engine decals(complete sets): http://myworld.ebay.com/bladesmithbendor/

These are the real deal, new but vintage looking tough decals. Lot of makes available. Good price too. They're also really friendly.

Tractor decals: http://stores.ebay.com/FS-Decals-and-Graphics

I had sent pics of my roached decals and what I wanted and they went above and beyond what I had requested, really great group of guys and good pricing. They do custom decal work for pretty much anything you send them including other brands of engines etc.. This is a good and affordable alternative to pricey, inaccurate decals that people fall for on e-bay. Sears didn't use the "Got Milk" font for there logo...

I used white sharpie paint markers(not permanent marker) for the raised lettering on the tires. Used windex and lightly scuffed the letters with a high grit sand paper. From my experience, wax and other paint markers from auto shops are crap. Nothing really lasts, and the white will eventually fade, but I thought I'd give it a shot.
 

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WOW!:eek:mg: awesome job Joe!!! I love the rear tires on that thing, and the white lettering is sweet!!!
 

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Joe,
Very very nice job!
I have my grandfathers tractor also and agree with the member of the family thing. I even have pictures of myself on it at 3 years old some 37 years ago.
You did a wonderful job and now ready for the family reunion....LOL.
You sould be proud of yourself and I'm sure your grandfather is also.
My grandfather is gone now and this is my best connection with him.
Once again great job and grat story.

Thanks for sharing!

Keith
 

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Thank you guys :fing32:
Ditto, he really did a great job. Initially when I had first started on it, all we had was a pile of parts,e-bay purchases and two motors. The guy I bought the second SS14 off of through in an extra SS14 motor. That's the one we used! The only thing I knew about it was that it had compression.

The Wheel Rims were powder coated. Believe me....they were not easy. The center of the rim had allot of packed grease that made the process extremely tough. In the end they turned out with a very sturdy "tough as nails" finish. The tire sizes I pulled right out of the manual and went for Carlisle's. The original Ribbed fronts and updated tread pattern on the rear really made the difference.

Now we need to assemble the mowers.

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Ditto, he really did a great job. Initially when I had first started on it, all we had was a pile of parts,e-bay purchases and two motors. The guy I bought the second SS14 off of through in an extra SS14 motor. That's the one we used! The only thing I knew about it was that it had compression.

The Wheel Rims were powder coated. Believe me....they were not easy. The center of the rim had allot of packed grease that made the process extremely tough. In the end they turned out with a very sturdy "tough as nails" finish. The tire sizes I pulled right out of the manual and went for Carlisle's. The original Ribbed fronts and updated tread pattern on the rear really made the difference.

Now we need to assemble the mowers.

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We'll do the mowers as soon as I fix the "red problem"(Wheelhorse). :banghead3
 

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Joe,

Great work! I like seeing these old beasts undergo full resto's maybe you will inspire some other folks to follow suit :)
 

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Great job and lineup. Loved the pics, thanks!
 

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Can't thank you guys enough for the warm comments, really do appreciate it :trink40:

After I troubleshoot the wheelhorse tomorrow(if my girlfriend will let me :fing32:), I'm going to start on the mowers. Anybody recommend a good rattle can paint? I use Rustoleum on pretty much everything, but wanted to see if there was anything tougher out there that someone might recommend for the decks? I've seen a few people use duplicolor, I don't see much of a difference between that and Rustoleum.

I popped into a boat shop the other day and saw antifouling spray paint for the bottom of boats. Looks like it's tough stuff, not a fan of the 15-30 dollars a can price tag though.
 

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I like the Rustoleum myself. The other stuff that works well is the apliance epoxy in the spray cans, you can get bright white, almond, and bisque, wich are both an off white. Ed
 
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