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I picked this up last fall from a guy that lives just on the north side of town, just the tractor and 47" deck. At some point, the KT17 had been upgraded to an Onan P218G, so I consider myself to have "lucked out" in that regard...

I swapped the tires and wheels over from the 210, and shot a coat of paint on the hood to match the newly powder coated sheet metal.


Just before New Year's, I drover over to meet a fellow WFM'er and pick up a couple of new toys from Iowa...






I also picked up a 54 blade locally, and had the tractor outfitted for winter (even though I only used it three times...


I also picked up a newer 46" deck with the powerflow pulley and decided to refurbish it with bearings, gator blades, belts and paint. I want to put a speed-up pulley on it, but figured I'd try it out as-is first.


I plumbed up a pair of rear hydraulic ports (it's the factory rear hydraulic kit), which I plan to use for hydraulic raise/lower upgrade on my aerator, as well as other rear implements.



My dad wanted to step up from the 208 (which he kept also), and found this 420 with weights and MCS for a pretty good deal. It needs a few things like seat suspension bushings, a good cleanup, and maybe tires.


Last week, I finally decided that I needed new shoes for the rear of the 317, as the Duro's just didn't give me an aggressive look like I wanted. I will mount them on a pair of 455 wheels.


I always have a few (dozen) on-going projects, but here is a sneak peak at one that I'm pretty excited about (second to the power steering upgrade...)
 

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Nice looking 317 and attachments you have acquired there. :fing32:
 

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Seems you have a nice 317 there and you're attachment inventory is looking pretty impressive too!
 

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Looks great :fing32: Keep up the good work.
 

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Put my new shoes on today. :thThumbsU






Here are a couple of pictures of the tire to deck clearance with my 46" deck, just for reference for others.


 

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Nice looking 317! Those tires look aggressive for sure!Where did you find the rear hydraulic kit? :trink40:
 

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Put my new shoes on today. :thThumbsU






Here are a couple of pictures of the tire to deck clearance with my 46" deck, just for reference for others.


Very mean looking 317 !!! You can never go wrong with ags...
 

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Nice looking 317! Those tires look aggressive for sure!Where did you find the rear hydraulic kit? :trink40:
The quick couplers and lines came from another WFM member who was parting out a tractor, I had to do a little plumbing underneath with the addition of a couple tee's and rebent the rear lines for better clearance around the tiller lift bar. In all honesty, it would have been much easier to use flexible hoses than the hard steel line.
 

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Did you get the Tee's from a JD Dealer and do you remember the number or size of them? I plan to use hose to add mine since I have access to a hyd crimper. Just have to get the Couplers from Deere and need to know the Tee size on the ends of them to plumb them in. :trink40:
P.S. I didn't see what size your new tires are? 26x12x12?
 

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Did you get the Tee's from a JD Dealer and do you remember the number or size of them? I plan to use hose to add mine since I have access to a hyd crimper. Just have to get the Couplers from Deere and need to know the Tee size on the ends of them to plumb them in. :trink40:
P.S. I didn't see what size your new tires are? 26x12x12?
I did purchase the tees from my JD dealer, but they should be available just about anywhere, as they are regular JIC fittings. I think they are -6. The ones I used had a female swivel coupler on one leg, and male JIC on the other two legs.

The new tires are 26x12x12 Carlisle Tru Powers.
 

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No notable progress on the 3-point, but I did head into town one evening last week to till my grandmother's and aunt's gardens.











 

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Power steering is good. I have used parts from a 400 to do 3 tractors now.

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Justin
 

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Power steering is good. I have used parts from a 400 to do 3 tractors now.

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Justin
Justin,
Are the 400 parts more bolt-in than the 318 parts I have? I have to figure out some method of squeezing the 318 orbital valve into the frame. I think I'm going to end up shortening the column so that I can raise the valve up into the tower. Should provide less fab work that having to move the trans linkage and more room for lines routing.
 

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The way I did my conversion with the 400 parts it is completely bolt on and revesable. It is a power assist steering not true hydrostatic power steering like the 318 and other open frame 300 series tractors. Your 317 will steer like a 400 and will be like night and day from what you have right now. In my opinion the 400 power assist is the easiest way to add power steering to you 317. I will do a full write up on this conversion in a new thread later today.

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So I believe I should update this thread instead of just starting a new thread. My (now) 8 1/2 month old son consumes most of my free time, that and home-ownership, but He had a good nap Saturday afternoon, so my Wife and I had some time to work on our own projects (She decided to bake :) )

I haven't figured anything out with the power steering, I'm still trying to decide which direction to head (400 vs 318 parts). The main difference being that the 400 parts provide hydraulic assist, while the 318 parts would provide complete hydrostatic steering.


I have however, had a chance to work on my 3-point hitch. I had a couple hours this past Saturday to work on the frame. I cut out some pieces of angle and welded them into the general shape I was looking for. I'm an engineer after all, so I had drown most of this assembly out ahead of time. now it's time to make it come to life....

It's no masterpiece, and it looks a bit rough for now, but it will come together quickly I think...





I only have things tacked together, so I still have some trimming of the top portion to allow clearance around the rockshaft and improve aesthetics, as well as some additional tabs and bracing and cylinder mounts to add.

I also ordered material for the rockshaft and lift arms, it should be here by the end of the week, so I'm hoping to get the rockshaft finished up next weekend.
 

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Spent Sunday afternoon cleaning up the shed and getting the 317 ready for winter duty (in case we do get snow this year).





I'm heading up north towards I-80 this weekend to look and (and likely bring home) a 49 blower which I'm hoping I also get a lot of use out of....


I'm still chugging away on my 3-point hitch project too, I just don't have enough time to actually get it finished... I'm at the point where I just have to finish weld the bracket assembly, paint and bolt everything back together. Sure sounds simple, doesn't it?
 

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John, im up on 1-80 did you find the 49 on CL? If its the one in morris it looks nice, A guy from arlington just posted one and says its mint for less money, only 3 minutes away from me
It is the one in Morris. I talked to the guy who's father bought it new. Sounds like its hardly been used, he even has the original owner's manual. I'm driving up Saturday morning.



I finished welding up the mounting frame assembly and threw some paint on it last night.


Also rounded corners on the rockshaft tabs and painted it as well. I'll let the paint cure for a few days and reassemble over the weekend.
 
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