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Uncle Buck

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    1968 Lawn Ranger with mower deck and snow plow, 1963 633 with mower deck and a yet undetermined year Suburban, suspect 1960-61. I also have a sweet 4 wheel wagon. I added an 857 to the herd in October of 13. Thanks to my good WH friend and fellow RS member (bowtieguy) I now have a nice plow and chains for my 857 WH as of late November 13! Along the way I also added a mid mount grader blade that I have not yet decided what it will be going on.
    June of 2016 added a 1976 B-100 with mower deck and plow to the herd. I have seriously ran out of room for all my toys at this point. I never planned to buy this many of them it just sorta worked out that way! Cannot buy more horses, must not look into the light again!
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    any round nose

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  1. 656 or Lawn Ranger?

    656 Would be my choice too. I have a LR and it is fine but I would opt for the bigger machine myself.
  2. What is it???

    Oh, well, no dialog showed up for me, just the image.
  3. What is it???

    How can you tell anything. The image is the size of a postage stamp!
  4. Tire style seemingly ignored?

    That being the case you ain't no kid! Actually the picture was my uncles 8th Air Force B-17 crew. Uncle was the co-pilot, second from the right standing back row. Flew a lot of tough missions, in particular the second Schweinfurt mission known as Black Thursday where the losses were so heavy. He was one of the lucky ones and survived his 30 missions. I think those look right at home on nut roasters. When mine is finished I plan to put my set on it.
  5. 655

    Lotta truth here! Looks and a heavy coat of rust can be very deceiving! I paid $75 for the privilege of dragging home an old Suburban with an altered hood, no engine, four tires that must be replaces and broken steering. The thing is fairly heavily rusted but I see a good horse hiding under all that rust with no tires! Honestly, in one sense seeing the good under a lot of rust, missing parts and damage is not something you learn overnight, generally, unless you have a mentor or something that ability is something that you learn through trial and error buying stuff that is too far gone, and stuff that can be saved, and learning the difference between the two. Many guys with less mechanical aptitude will never have the skills to be able to accurately assess the difference between the two and are in fact wiser passing on stuff too far gone for their skills or abilities. I think for the most part most all of the fairly old WH machines and attachments most of that stuff is all made so heavy that rarely will you find a machine that is beyond saving, and worth saving. That said a lot of that goes back to how good you are at finding parts cheap enough and how skilled you are in bringing a machine in really poor shape back to life. It is a combination of sniffing out good part cheap enough and your skills, access to a well equipped shop for some things, decent assortment of tools, and most important of all mechanical aptitude and skills. Those are the decisive factors one should consider when considering restoration of what looks like a rusty hulk.
  6. 655

    Yes and no. I bought a 633 years ago with shot shifter boot and about half full of water. When I split the Uni-Drive case after I had drained it of all the water I found a bit of wire wheel cleanup on a few gears and a new set of seals, a gasket, and shift boot and I was good to go. The 633 was an even coat of rust and green mold or whatever when I started with it so you cannot always assume that a shot shift boot means the gears are toast. Besides, it isn't like you can't find a replacement transmission cheap and easy enough if you look hard enough.
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  8. 854 with Wide Ags

    So where do you find rims that size for the rear?
  9. 1975 Wheelhorse C-100 Restoration

    Super! Looking forward to seeing your progress!
  10. Deck questions

    If you have a side discharge deck I would encourage you to keep that. I have cut many acres of grass with a rear discharge deck and I am not a fan of rear discharge decks. The only good results you will ever get cutting with a rear discharge deck is if you only cut grass at fairly short heights. Once grass gets tall a rear discharge deck will give you very disappointing results. I mean results so bad that not all of the grass will even get cut leaving stray blades and clumps of grass sticking up all over! Ya, that bad! The taller the grass the worse it will be too. Too me there are more minuses to a rear discharge deck than there are plusses. But, that is just my opinion.
  11. Finally some wrenching time!

    When I first glanced at the thread title I thought it said "Finally some wenching time!"
  12. Poulan Tractor..any good?

    Don't take my comment as an invitation to argue. Mine is a simple observation and not one judging you or anyone else. Now that I have set the stage allow me to say this. It does not matter if you ask for opinions about something you have here, or on a forum regarding hand tools, or widgets or whatever. Some of the comments that you will get in reply will almost always tell you that whatever the item is you are asking about is a steaming pile. You might love the item you asked about but you can rest assured that regardless the quality of the item you have asked an opinion of there will be either someone, or several someone's that dislike the item in question as much as you like it! My point is you have to be ready to hear the negative replies that will be mixed with the positive replies, it is just the way of the world. I share this observation because of your reply above. Certainly it would be illogical to expect many members that are deeply invested cash and soul in the WH brand to share the same passion for machines produced today. By the same token there will be others that are not totally dedicated to WH and have a shared passion for other brands as well. The way you started your reply above tends to make one think that you were, please excuse the term, trolling for negative replies to your question and spoiling for an argument. All that said I have no dog in this fight and certainly intend no ill will or judgment on you or anyone else here. My comment was simply shared as an observation from my perspective and nothing more. Best of luck to you.
  13. Tire style seemingly ignored?

    I was a little surprised that I could not find a picture on this site of even one tractor with that kind of tire. I looked online as well and never found an example there either! Basically though the example you showed and the tires I have look much the same. They remind me of the tires found on the B-17 airplanes of WWII.
  14. Tire style seemingly ignored?

    The basic style is correct except the original WH tires I have each one of the raised knobs on mine are a basic oval shape. The ones I have look like I below. VVVVVVVVVVVVVV
  15. Tire style seemingly ignored?

    Oh, then I guess I lucked out! A fellow WH aficionado that has a fairly extensive collection of earlier machines always puts AG's on every tractor that he restores. I have bought parts and machines from him in the past and one of those times I noticed a set of those tires sitting in his rack of tires that he replaced on one of his older machines. Fortunately he had no qualms about selling the set to me really cheap so I ended up using them on my 633 when I restored it. I had no idea they were costlier to buy. I like them, but I do not know if I would pay more for them new than a set of AG's. I doubt I would though I do like them. I do not even know who sells that style anymore.