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COMPLETE!!!

Here's a direct link for the original thread that has all of the nuts and bolts in it:

Sears GT/18 Restoration - MyTractorForum.com - The Friendliest Tractor Forum and Best Place for Tractor Information

Took a lot of time, a lot of effort and a bit of help, but I got it done. Can't thank you guys enough for your comments and your help. I had a lot of fun doing this one and it came out great. I also learned A TON by doing this project. I'm already finding it easier to work on some of the other suburban issues.

Biggest problems/issues I had: Sheared tranaxle bolt- Had to fill it and re-tap it. It was bored out with a drill. Bent transaxle pulley- 3rd times a charm. Bad starter solenoid and a bad coil. Starter- Someone decided to open it up and put the casing back on, backwards. This caused it to operate incorrectly. Glad my best friend spotted this for me! Shot mufflers- Found an original set in great condition on e-bay.

When I decided on the paint colors I wanted to go original, but after seeing another guy on-line that had added red accents on his brake pedal etc.., I went with it. I also added a "Knight Rider' esque scanner light on the upper grill and two xenon strobes on the lower just for fun. I'll post a video soon. Replaced the headlights and added two amber lights on the rear.

Ok, here's the pics!! I know how much you guys love them so I included 50. I've left a link to my photobucket album that has the rest. I took a bunch since this was my first real Sears resto, so bear with the volume. Decent pics though. Enjoy!

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Re-touched dash text:

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A few pics from the process.

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Roughing the wiring in.

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That is some really nice work you did there. What was the time frame?

Adam
Got it the first week of August and put the finishing touches up on it about the third week of November. Give or take 4 months. Spent a lot of weekends on it. Thank you :trink40:
 

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Nice Job I need to do that to my GT18.
 

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Nice looking work...:bananapow

Thanks for the pic. process--I truely enjoy seeing how other's achive that end results!!

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Beautiful Work!!! Love those silver and black tractors. Makes me wish I hadn't sold mine:(
 

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Nice job.
 

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There!! Now that wasn't so hard ,was it?:biglaugh: :biglaugh: Great job!! Ok,now that you've finished,how much meat you got left on them knuckles.Given time--it'll grow back.:sidelaugh Enjoy the "new" ride!
 

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Excellent!!! :congrats: :congrats: :congrats: You should be very proud of your work. :thThumbsU
 
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