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Saw this tonight on my way home. Guy was asking $150, got it for $125. He said it needs a new fuel pump. (Old one is missing) The deck appears to be bent. My original intention was for this to be a parts tractor for me to get my Sears SS16 going. The coil I needed for that was going to run me around $140. This gas tank is also nice and clean so that will save me from having to work on the other one. Seat and tires are also good, so all in all, I think it will save me some money in the short term. Long term, when I want this one running too, is another story...

Anyone know how to date these?

Model Number: T63341R0
 

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Man,for 125 bucks that was THEFT!..not a "deal"!..I'd get THAT one running,probably less work than your other one needs..? Get an electric fuel pump and see if she'll fire up!..I'm clueless about identifying a Roper though,if it were a Sears,one if those "Vintage Sears Tractor"websites would have all the ID you can want..

If your SS16 has an Onan,I have seen guys use two car coils,or one car coil with a "dual" spark plug wire in a "Y" fashion to run them ,rather than buy the OEM high $$$$$$ Onan coil..if its the OHV 16 HP Tecumseh with solid state,your pretty much stuck with OEM or the aftermarket coils that are big bucks,unfortunately...
 

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Maybe you can date the engine from the numbers ?

Nice thing about the roper is the front grill is cast aluminum not fiberglass. Different look but lot better part.

If you use a elec. fuel pump it needs to be low pressure like 3 lbs.

Another good fix for you SS/16 fuel tank is to replace it. They went to plastic a year or two later. The plastic was also bigger but fits the fenders.

To upgrade to plastic you have to get the seat spring, tank, and tank hold down brackets. The seat spring is taller for the bigger tank.
 

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Can't believe it, my dad just scored two new replacement coils at a flea market today for $60!

The bad coils are 166-0535.

These boxes say 166-0804, coils said 166-0702.

Found this info on an ebay auction:

166-0772 Supersedes the following Part Numbers:

166-0535
166-0643
166-0804
 

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Wow,thats a good score!..your lucky,better go buy a lottery ticket!!..

I havemade some good "finds" at flea markets locally too,like the day I ran into a dealer at one who was selling industrial V-belts for $1!!..
I found several "close enough" or the exact size to keep my Sears tractors going for as long as I own them probably--tomorrow I'm hoping he'll be there again,I made a list of all the sizes everything else I have takes,it'll be nice to be able to get more if possible..I'd have to pay 25+ bucks each for these belts elesewhere!..

There's another small engine swap meet & show coming up in a few weeks locally,I ran into a guy at the last one who had many Onan OEM parts including carbs and coils,tune up parts,etc..I should have looked for an ignition rotor for my Continental 4 cyl,its the same one some Onans use!--I never thought to look though,and I bet he had one..you see all kinds of stuff cheap at these events..one guy had a box of Clinton OEM parts brand new in Boxes,had several brand new carbs,piston rings,rods,etc..wanted 50 bucks for the whole box,I bet someone could have made a good profit off all that stuff..if I had money to invest on such things I'd have bought it all.I bet he'd have taken 30 bucks!..

Glad to hear you got it running,I bet your anxious to start putting it to work!..I assume it has the same tranny as a Suburban with high and low range??..bet it has some guts with an 16 HP Onan!!...even a 6 HP engine will climb walls with that tranny in low range & first gear!
 
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