Jump to content

Unofficial Home of Old Simplicity & Allis-Chalmers Garden Tractors

New old left outside, another 75th Anniversary


Chris727

Recommended Posts

Last week I received a phone call from a local friend asking if I would be interested in a 75th Sovereign he recently acquired in a package deal. He shot me a price I couldn’t refuse and Thursday night it was delivered to my driveway. 

Here was the as-found pic he sent. 
 

2BEC1D90-A3EA-4211-BDC4-907FF700F809.thumb.jpeg.bf7a845ec79c19c6c78e558d486cd5a6.jpeg


 

FA273BCC-A7E5-4A7F-BACD-8F46837FE0CF.thumb.jpeg.e50ef6c1cadb1392d6052d8223e26f1e.jpeg
 

Unfortunately the machine sat outside for several years and the chrome front rims were nowhere to be found. Has the original TH18 engine. The deck has never been used. 
 

619A2F80-09F3-44A5-A5E8-08785FF7325E.thumb.jpeg.5bcba14e687d3be84625b82e57b39844.jpeg

There are still nubs on the tread of the rear tires and it still has the original chrome oil filter. I believe it has very few hours. Despite this it has suffered from previous owner issues.

I wanted to jump it and run it from a temporary fuel tank until I could clean or repair the original. I could not get it to crank. Even tried to jump he starter directly and nothing happened. Finally I removed the starter to inspect. Found packing tape on it. 

5C46CC08-D645-4983-AC90-5D70855863D4.thumb.jpeg.15e7f356e991e44736ce27becc696929.jpeg

8320C38B-B57D-4C47-8F47-2864CF730915.thumb.jpeg.3813d3e8e8bcf5d4f3f0579f13b26d5f.jpeg

Found the brushes were tucked in the pockets instead of in the spring loaded slots so they were unable to contact the commutator. One brush as somewhat burned. Little to no wear on the armature or brushes consistent with low hours. 
The mounting screws are the body screws also so the manual instructs to tape the sections together to prevent it from falling apart when reassembling. Apparently the previous mechanic didn’t have the brush holder tool. I had to make one. 
 

2E8CAC73-2C53-44A4-ACBE-6BB834380F04.thumb.jpeg.a10cb753fa6b912d42de0abe5bc2fb9b.jpeg

CE100FF3-A237-4F79-8E57-22B74A2C77E8.thumb.jpeg.77e9d3d01611f1427a9fa56b33fe045a.jpeg

Got it reassembled and taped. 
 

4C0AD18E-5D36-4FB8-AA9B-20CA21998232.thumb.jpeg.beec386e7e0a2c6bd519318413ac4223.jpeg
 

While the starter was removed I blew out a pile of mossy/grass nest from the blower shroud. 
Installed the starter and removed the tape. Machine would now crank with the key but was wanting to stick and continue cranking. Replaced the ignition switch with a new one I had. 

Machine started and ran for about 30 seconds. Floods out. Carburetor cleaning is the next task. I am hoping the fuel pump in the rocker cover will still work as many parts are NLA. 

0309FEA6-179F-438B-99D0-E09BEC5B356C.thumb.jpeg.1f29d2a4672f325fd9d0b6df8af32ffb.jpeg

96A7A06A-26D8-41FC-9D9F-3475881D79B9.thumb.jpeg.a7609716ddcce0d1bc33ea8822f818a9.jpeg

9E850615-3FF1-4AD0-9F5D-ED205C94C36E.jpeg

27F38A9D-7CB4-490E-B4FF-84E255DCE995.jpeg

  • Like 9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/8/2023 at 8:05 PM, Chris727 said:

Apparently the previous mechanic didn’t have the brush holder tool. I had to make one.

I still have one of my mothers metal spatulas in my tool box with a nice slot machined into it for that very purpose.

On 10/8/2023 at 8:05 PM, Chris727 said:

I am hoping the fuel pump in the rocker cover will still work as many parts are NLA. 

I removed the mechanical pump in two Triads, made a block of plate & used a pulse pump.  This removes the stress on the plastic cam covers & wear on the cam.  I was told more than once the early Triads had cam failures & were updated in later years.  I've never seen a service bulletin to verify this however if I remember correctly, this was the first or second year the Triad replaced the Command.  I can tell you that this year did not have the pinned cylinder sleeves.  If you get in a bind, call me.  I have a few spare parts & have a place or two that has some of these failed engines. @Bill725 is also an excellent resource.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

@ShaunE, Thank you for the information. I thought a pulse pump may be the way to go but hadn’t looked over the crankcase for a location to pull vacuum. I know the command has a removable plug for that. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It is amazing that someone would make this type of investment and then just let it rot away.  I think you will end up with a very good machine after the restoration.  I just repaired a late model Sovereign and "restored" it (rebuilt engine, general repairs, clean up, paint, fluids, filters, adjustments, etc.).  It also seemed as though it had little use, and boy can you tell with steering and hydro controls what a difference low hours on everything makes.  It is one of the best Sovereigns I have had.  I think you may find the same with this one.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

@Brettw, Thank You. At this point I’m not totally sure what I’m going to do with it. Will be interesting to see if the paint will clean up. I have considered swapping the command from my other 75th into this one and selling it with the triad. Hopefully this doesn’t end up leaking from every oil seal from sitting. Would probably cost several hundred to have a set of front rims chromed. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/8/2023 at 8:05 PM, Chris727 said:

Apparently the previous mechanic didn’t have the brush holder tool. I had to make one. 
 

2E8CAC73-2C53-44A4-ACBE-6BB834380F04.thumb.jpeg.a10cb753fa6b912d42de0abe5bc2fb9b.jpeg

CE100FF3-A237-4F79-8E57-22B74A2C77E8.thumb.jpeg.77e9d3d01611f1427a9fa56b33fe045a.jpeg

 

(Checking my toolbox to see if my brush-holding tool is still there, as this one looks EXACTLY like the one I made some years ago . . . . )
Yep, we're good! xD

652b6ff6728ac_20231014_2349551.thumb.jpg.da96f5c1284c157ef8c477ad225dd9ab.jpg

  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

×
×
  • Create New...