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By DougA, 02/04/2022
  • Make Simplicity
  • Series 3300 Series
  • Model 3314V
  • Year Tractor Was Made 1971
  • Manufacturer (MFR) Number 990654
  • Tractor Serial Number 654-002457
  • Engine Manufacturer Briggs and Stratton
  • Engine Model 320421
  • Engine Serial Number 320421-0134-01-7103301
  • Date Purchased 2-1-2022
  • Purchase Price $$ 400
  • Condition at Time of Purchase Not running, bad ignition parts, no battery, Some original Paint in good condition, Complete electrical and mechanical parts, minimal rust, Bad valve stems in rear, 42 inch mover deck, spare 48 inch mower deck, 46 inch pivoting snow/dozer blade missing the turning rod. I bought this because it's not common to see this vintage model in Beaufort, SC. I was seeking an original unmodified unit and thought that selling the extra attachments would help defray the cost of restoration.
  • Condition Now Running and driving fine. New rear turf tires and valve stems (Carlisle 23x10.5-12), new carburetor, battery and cables, key switch, solenoid, and solid state magneto. Points and condenser abandoned in place. Working 42" deck repainted
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From Beaufort, SC: I took my Sovereign wheels with old Goodyear 23x12.50-12 Terra Tires to the store to have new valve stems installed. They split the sidewall on one of the tires while breaking the bead and provided (gratis) their equivalent replacement Carlisle 23x12.50-12 Multi Trac CS. As you can see from the photos, the new tire has no resemblance to the old. Old tire diameter is 23". New tire diameter is 21". I am concerned about 1) destroying the look of my antique and 2) wearing out the axle differential over time. Can anyone recommend a higher profile original looking tire with a true 23 inch diameter to closely match the original?  My tractor is used for lawn mowing.  I will need to take this back to the tire store and request a solution. Thanks in advance for any advice.

Tire Wheel Automotive tire Product Motor vehicle


Tire Automotive tire Tread Synthetic rubber Wood



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Copied the above request for advice and posted in the Talking Tractors forum.  

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Posted (edited)

Update on 2/6.  Thanks to the sound advice from several members, I have now ordered a second matching Carlisle from my store, so I bit the bullet and have abandoned searching for a single matching Goodyear.  I may revisit buying a vintage set of tires on their rims in the future.   

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