Vintage Sears Garden Tractors
I am going to repaint this tractor. The first thing to do is to take it apart. This is the fun part, as the wrench seems to fly here and there,
taking off fastners with lightning speed. Of course I won't remember how everything goes back together in a couple of months when I
go to put it back together. Not to worry, I have a parts manual for it and two other similar tractors to use for reference.
Here's the tractor as originally purchased. As mentioned on a previous page, it's pretty solid. The
battery had been overcharged/overfilled at some point and the right side plate had all of the paint eaten
away from the acid spill. The front wheels are pretty rusted. The hood is dinged up and the headlight
portion of the grille is shot. I'd say it is about an 8 out of 10 on the condition scale.
The grill and hood are off now. Check out the original style muffler. It is not that old, judging from the black
paint that still has not burnt off the sides, near the slotted outlets. Also worth noting is the cutout for the
ampmeter on the rear of the dash. This tractor has a charging light mounted on the dash. The decorative
plate mounted on the dash covers the hole where the gauge would be mounted. The front tires have some
sidewall cracking. The rear tires are in almost new condition.
The steering wheel came off with nothing more than upward hand pressure.
From there the dash, generator, clutch bracket, and engine came off in rapid
succession. The seat will need to be replaced, as the vinyl is cracked. It was
cold in the garage the day I took these photos. The camera wouldn't work right
because the batteries weren't up to full power.
It took two people to separate the front of the frame from the rear. That's why
us men really need a good, strong son as a helper. I know that it would have
been easier if I had taken the wheels off the transaxle before removing it, but I
was on a roll. The transaxle was the most difficult part to remove. You really
have to take the 90degree street elbow (filler neck) off of the transmission so
you can get the drawbar off. It would be nearly impossible to mount the clips
that hold the shifter arm for the H/L gears onto the top of the frame with the
drawbar in place.
That's pretty much it for the disassembly. I have a bucketfull of parts that are probably worth more than twice what I paid for the
tractor. Now the sanding and painting will begin. Well, the sanding anyway. It's still way too cold to paint. There's a little oil seeping
from one of the axle seals, and the seal under the shifter. I'll take care of that, plus mount a new brake pad while the transaxle is off.
Once this baby goes back into the frame, it's there to stay. I can't believe that the transaxle must be lowered to replace the brake pad.
Anybody have any tips for an easy re-installation of the transaxle?
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Disassemble the Tractor