Vintage Sears Garden Tractors
A big problem with restoring the old tractors is finding the right color match for the paint. The orange for this
1969 Suburban was difficult at first to duplicate. I almost started to paint it will Allis Chalmers Orange, until I got
a tip from a member of the Sears Club on Yahoo. Seems as if Krylon had come out with a color called Pumpkin
Orange which was supposed to be a pretty good match. Down to Wally World I went to get a can. It was a much
closer match than the Allis Chalmers color. While I do not claim to be a paint expert, I have spray painted many
things in my life. I'm not using the compressor and spray gun here (I do own them) simply because I don't think
this project is large enough to justify the hassle of getting the paint the right consistency, setting the air pressure
right and then cleaning up. Plus in this case I think it will be cheaper in the long run. I like the convenience of
using a rattle can because sometimes I only have a short amount of time each day to work on the project. The
picture on the right shows how good a match the Krylon paint is to the original Sears color. The can is sitting on
the underside of the overturned frame, a place where the original paint was the best. I emptied Wally World's
shelves once I found out how good it looked.
Prepping and painting the tractor
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More to follow...........  Update: I never got to finish this one. Maybe some day there will be a do-over? Hopefully.
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Sandblasting the tank/battery mount
Repainted front axle
Repainted steering spindles
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