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Gary

917H...Finally up and running!

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Gary

First and foremost, I'd like to thank all of you who have helped me with this project. I won't attempt to name all of you, since this has been a long, long build, and I don't want to forget somebodys name. This site is the absolute best, because of it's members willing to share knowledge and experience.Tractor and deck rebuilt from the ground up. Decals from Click it and stick it. Rustoleum Allis Chalmers Orange spray cans. Rustoleum Almond Appliance Epoxy. Rustoleum Clear Coat.Most nuts and bolts are new, some are stainless steel.Brand new Kohler M18S Magnum Engine with remote oil filter.All new wiring and weatherproof Delphi Connectors.Manual steering overhauled and thrust bearings added. (steers exceptionally well)Many hours well spent.Thanks to all of you!

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rich_kildow

That is beautiful!

Is that square tube coming off the deck chute (where it would be) stock? My dad's has one just like that and based on the welding I figured it was somebody attempt at bracing the opening.

One of my decks has a snowblower-like skid shoe bolted to a reinforcing plate around 2 of the 3 sides of the chute.

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Gary

Thanks for the kind words. All told, it was an awesome experience.

Rich, the piece you're talking about in the chute opening, is a factory part. This one is brand new "old stock". The deck shell is from a sunstar, I believe.

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Gary

The M18S, is a Cub Cadet Spec. Last time I looked, it was right at $2,400.00, at S.E.W. And no, I didn't pay that much.

Tractor currently has 2.1 hours run time, and it purrs like a kitten. Especially with the new muffler...very quiet.

Lots of NOS in this build. BGB has new shafts, bearings and seals.

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Gary

I'm very happy with the Carlisle All Trails. I've had them for a couple of years. They're easy on the turf, but have better traction than the stock tires. I don't have them filled, but they don't do bad in light snow. I usually switch to chained stock tires when the snow gets deep, as I have a steep driveway. The All Trails are 25x10.5-12, as I like the taller tires. The front tires are Carlisle Turf Master 18x6.50-8. They are about 1.5 inches taller than the stock tires, which helps get the deck cutting height up to 3 inches with ease.

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Gary

I also got the seat and adjustable mount from E-bay. I have a brand new "original" seat for the 917H, but decided to go with the adjustable type. It sits higher (even though I shortened the height of the mounting bracket), and is much more comfy than the original.

This tractor is my version of a "Resto-Mod". I did a lot of little improvements, without changing the appeal of the original.

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