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I picked these up for free the other day ... how did I do? The motor is locked up on the Massey, it ran 10 years ago when parked. If I can get it running I will build a loader for the front. The tiller was mounted on the MF but after looking at the numbers it is a wheelhorse 7-1260 50inch.
 

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On the Onan...may be stuck due to dislodged carbon jammimng the pistons agasinst the heads. I got a BF 16hp Onan free and was stuck. Easily got it free, but would only turn so far, then stop. Pulled the heads & got the carbon piles out. After that she fired up just fine. In fact, it's the engine I put on my 1655. She smokes some, but I'll live with that for now.
 

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Thats what I'm thinking OCH. I filled the cyl with hyd oil, I'll let it set for a while then pull the heads and the intake and exaust off and see whats up.
 

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I think you did great! That 1655 is well worth fixing. In my opinion they where the toughest garden tractors made lacking only power steering to make them a great tractor. I put power steering on my 1855(same tractor except 18hp) because it's used mainly for FEL work.
 

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I've been looking at the ways you guys have mounted the power steering cylinder. I think I will build a FEL. I got the motor broke loose but I have a exaust valve still open, so I filled the cylinders back up with acatone and tranny fluid. I'll leave it sit for a day and see if it has worked loose. Might have to pull the head but I am keeping my fingers crossed. I think I'm missing the fuel pump for the onan ....
 

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I would fix her then build that FEL you want. The 1655 looks good compared to many I have bought. Some time & patience can change it to a beauty, or use as-is. Not sure on the 1655 being mine came without engine, but if it has a DD carb, then it should have a carb mounted fuel pump? Well, getting ahead anyway, first free the engine & all, then on to fuel.
 

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The fuel pump on my 1855 is mounted on the engine shroud with a hose going to the crankcase(pulse type pump). When the pump diaphram went out it filled the crankcase with gas, new pump and oil change, everything was back to normal.
 

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Man, your yard is as bad as mine, my wife of 3 weeks is beginning to wonder about me. I picked up a Bolens QT17hp Kohler twin with front and mid PTOs, for 50 bucks, then got a big MW/simplicity 18 horse 46" cut, Case 110, and great old sears tiller, all for free, and they all run. The Bolen's needed a coil, found one off an old Harley that worked fine, both 5 ohm 2 cylinders. I sure wasn't going to give the mower shop a 124 bucks for a **** coil. Mike
 

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Man, your yard is as bad as mine, my wife of 3 weeks is beginning to wonder about me. I picked up a Bolens QT17hp Kohler twin with front and mid PTOs, for 50 bucks, then got a big MW/simplicity 18 horse 46" cut, Case 110, and great old sears tiller, all for free, and they all run. The Bolen's needed a coil, found one off an old Harley that worked fine, both 5 ohm 2 cylinders. I sure wasn't going to give the mower shop a 124 bucks for a **** coil. Mike
Oologahan ,if you keep getting tractors at this rate you'll need to move to a bigger place! You are getting some really nice finds. Are you planning on restoring any of them?

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Yeah, I just looked at the plate and saw the serial/model number started with "GIL", so I figured it was probably some of the last GT's Gilson made, Thanks for the confirmation. I may restore the Bolens QT17 and add a 3 point hitch, love to remove the mower deck, use the mid mount shaft to power an auxillary hydraulic pump and build a loader for it. I know people say my hydro can supply the power for a loader, just thought I'd rather have it for a 3 point and maybe a backhoe (wish, wish). Th Monkey Wards is running, it's going on CL for 250, same for the Case 110. When I get the case up to running speed and mowing I'll probably sell it also. I've got a 80's model TroyBilt GTX320 in near perfect shape a guy is holding for my for 750. I'ts got a 20hp Onan with front and rear hydraulics and mid mount PTO, I REALLY want it for a loader project. I'm sure it will more than compete with the 1655's just doesn't look as cool.
 
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