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Talntedmrgreen

JCPenney Rehab

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Talntedmrgreen

Took a while, but I finally snagged a nice Simplicity built JCP. For years I had no interest in these as I find them pretty ugly, but my interest has grown over the past couple years.  

It was nonrunning and I arranged Uship vs chasing after it. It has turned out to be one of the nicer original JCP machines I have seen. Serial #405.  It took a little tinkering but I added back a few of the missing original parts and have it fired up and running great. The carb and shuttle transmission were each dialed in perfectly.  Like all Simplicity JCPs, the black paint is pretty poor and the dash plate has lost its paint entirely. I have seen much worse though in the ones I have spotted on the web over the years.  It initially would only crank with 9V.  With the S/G unhooked, it would yield 12V across both solenoid poles, so I assumed it was the S/G.  After swapping with a known good condition S/G, I had the same issue.  It turned out to actually be the solenoid on the fritz.  

-added rear lift
-oem gas tank straps
-oem nos fuel gauge
-reconnect headlight harness
-one new oem bulb
-new starter solenoid
-swapped out starter generator
-new fuel lines
-welch plug
-fluids

Now waiting for warmer weather to give her a good scrubbing. The photos with me and baby were taken courtesy of my 3yr old.

 

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Talntedmrgreen
21 minutes ago, gwiseman said:

I simply love the look Josh! Good times w/the kids doing what you like. Nice looking JCP too

Oh, I bet we put 40 minutes of run time on the ol gal after doing snow removal with the Legacy.  I did the road out front too, so we had room to roam.  Teaching lessons in patience and taking turns by toting only one boy around at a time.  

 

21 minutes ago, MARK (LI) said:

Looks nice ...how long to do all that work?

Mark, it showed up on the 29th, but I didn't get to look it over until the 3rd.  I 'ordered up' the rear lift, a light bulb, the gas tank straps and fuel gauge from friends within our community here at that time.  It came with an aftermarket snowplow, which I removed and planned to sell.  Turns out, a friend of mine was facing a $300+ purchase to add a snowblade to his ATV.  I brought his machine home and fitted the snowplow to it using a couple FDT drawbar parts as a front mount.  Works great!  So, I really didn't dig into the tractor itself until this past weekend.  If I had properly diagnosed the solenoid and had one on hand, It would have been dusted off, fixed up and running, within an hour.  I'm impressed that the yellow paint is so nice, and if you look close, you can see the foggy look to the grill screen and some white areas on the yellow paint.  The previous owner waxed it!  There is evidence of this elsewhere also.  That's always a good sign.

The seller is reorganizing/moving, and when he gets to his files, he has original JCPenney manuals for this machine to mail my way, so I'm told.

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steve-wis

Looking good, Josh!  Is that a re-badged 3410?  Tractor fun with the kids is the best, I get my grandson over once in a while and we always end up in the garage for a while.  

Enjoy!

Steve

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fishnwiz

Nice restore of a fairly rare machine. You do NOT see many of these around Wisconsin that come up for sale too often. Nice job....GREAT PICS by the way! 

Thanks for sharing!

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1 hour ago, steve-wis said:

Looking good, Josh!  Is that a re-badged 3410?  Tractor fun with the kids is the best, I get my grandson over once in a while and we always end up in the garage for a while.  

Enjoy!

Steve

Steve, actually it is a rebadged 7013S.  I believe that's considered a Baron.  This is only the 2nd running Simplicity tractor I have had that fell between an FDT and 7100/900 series RBT.  I had a 716-6 that I really did not care for the feel of.  After falling in love with my Allis built Homelite, I thought the uniqueness of the JCP was worth a shot.  I like the Shuttle.  I had an AC T-16S that had a super shuttle in it as well.  The only downfall to them is the slow ground speed.  I would like to pull a plow with one and see if that loss of ground speed is turned into a little more power to the ground.  

 

1 hour ago, fishnwiz said:

Nice restore of a fairly rare machine. You do NOT see many of these around Wisconsin that come up for sale too often. Nice job....GREAT PICS by the way! 

Thanks for sharing!

I hope to get my anti-rust treatment and soap going the next time it's warm enough for a garden hose!  I'll give that yellow a good buffing as well.  lots of great paint left on it.

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Talntedmrgreen

So the seller I bought this from is next door neighbors with the original owner.  Apparently, he purchased two of these tractors while he was an employee of JCPenney.  One was used for weekly mowing, and this one was on cart duty.  In the late 90's the owner offered them for sale.  Interestingly, they each moved only one house number down the street, in opposing directions.  The other is still in use 2 doors down from where mine was bought, on the opposite side of the original owner.  As promised, I sent the seller some pictures and a few video clips when I got things going this past weekend.  I would like to have it in Portage this summer for a few glamour shots I can send his way.  He was going to show them to the original owner.

 

At some point soon, I will be asking for Wards and JCPenney photos from the membership for a future Lawn & Garden Tractor article on the department store brands built by Simplicity.

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jfrank1962

Looks Good Josh. You are lucky that the serial # tag is still on yours. The tag on mine was flaked off due to the poor condition of the black paint.  sm02

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On ‎2‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 12:11 PM, Talntedmrgreen said:

At some point soon, I will be asking for Wards and JCPenney photos from the membership for a future Lawn & Garden Tractor article on the department store brands built by Simplicity.

Love reading those articles.  Just curious how far down the road have you got these articles planned out?  Are we to look forward to Simplicity/Allis history lessons for the next 20 years?

I hope so...

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Talntedmrgreen

I have enough topics on my list to carry us through next year.  One or two of those depend on the avialability and willingness of a few key folks. 

But, to answer your question, some articles come together in just a couple hours.  Others may start months before they are due (which is 2 months before mailing).  So, there are some where I work on research, interview and photos for half the year, and others that just come out of the keyboard, provided I have, can easily take, or am given photos for them. 

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