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This is what I mowed about 10-12 lawns with between my Jr. and Sr. Year in high school. 1980 Simplicity 4108. I sold it to my dad in 1982. He mowed his yard for 35 years with it. I figured it has about 1100-1200 hours on it. The mower deck was replaced. It starts right up. Uses very little oil. Dropped off a 1999 WH 312-8 I bought for him this winter. We didn't know what to do with this. So, I took it home. I think I'm going to clean it up and putz with it some. Looking it over, It probably needs about $150.00 at most put into it. And a little elbow grease!

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Both headlights still work!

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Can I still get a air cleaner?

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Cute  little tractor. 

Keep us posted to progress. 

 

Air cleaner element should be readily available, yes. 

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Looks like you and your dad took good care of the little Simplicity.

7 hours ago, 608KEB said:

Can I still get a air cleaner?

Oh, just wash it out!     :ychain:             Think the answer is yes.

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i saw some at OReilly auto parts yesterday

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Also listed on eBay & Amazon very inexpensively if you buy a package of 3-4.

When first used or after cleaning with Soap & Water, be sure to put 3-4 drops of regular oil on any pre-filter like this and squeeze the oil in & throughout the foam

(dirt & dust in the air going through will stick to the oil much better than dry foam). (I also spray my thin home furnace filters with oil for this same reason, cleaner air).

Glen

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The air cleaner foam is bad. Must be 20 years old. It's falling apart. Does anyone know where I could get a free manual download?  The shifter is really loose. Can I take off the 3 bolts that hold a cap on top the transmission? Is there a rubber boot still available? Is there a screw or something to tighten the shifter up? The shoes to the brake look bad. Does anyone know if I can still get brake shoes for this rig? I changed the oil, draining transmission fluid now. The oil drain tube was loose. I took the motor mount bolts out. Then I just flipped the tube around. I used some red lock tight on it. Good as new!

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The mower deck just needs new wheels. Then some parts to it need to get bent back in the right place. I think the bearings are good. I don't want to go crazy with the project. I just want to make her functional again

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It looks like I have to drop the transmission in order to remove disc. Maybe use a puller?

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I just looked at the brake shoes again to confirm it. There's a shoe on each side of the brake disc. It looks like the only way to get the inner shoe off is by dropping transmission out. I don't see how else you would get the brake disc off. Has someone ever worked on a Simplicity before? The brakes are ok for now. But at some point that inner pad would have to be replaced. The disc would rub on the Transmission case eventually. I think it's a poor design. Um, I guess that why I have a Wheel Horse!

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I did get a manual from the simplicity website. 

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On 3/11/2018 at 8:30 PM, 608KEB said:

It looks like I have to drop the transmission in order to remove disc. Maybe use a puller?

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That disc rotor should come right off its on a splined shaft

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:thanks:

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Those filters are available, if it is a 10 or 11 hp the number is 270843S. If it happens to be an eight horse it is 270528S. Sorry couldn't tell from the picture.

 

 

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A update. Using gorilla glue on the front grill. I still have to get headlights working. I have to be truthful. I lost interest in this project. I'll keep putzing with it. I had some sentimental value for this at first. But since I've been using Wheel Horse's the last 8 years.....I'm ready to scrap it! No comparison 😀. Junk!

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Keep plugging away at it.

Not comparable to a :wh: but it'll be a decent rig.

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I sold it🙁

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4 hours ago, 608KEB said:

I sold it🙁

So why the sad frowned face?

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2 hours ago, ebinmaine said:

So why the sad frowned face?

I don't have the space to keep it. Also,  I lost interest in fixing it up. 

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Ahh..... No worries!

On to others...:wh:

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