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    725 or 900?


    A new member with some questions...


    Hello and help!   Enclosed are some pictures of my (according to the serial #) 1961 Simplicity 725, that I acquired last summer and started to restore but will wait till spring to finish, no heat in shop.   I'm hoping somebody can answer a couple of questions: What is the engine? It looks to have been changed out as the hood is trimmed to accommodate it and its painted black? Also look at the steering wheel, its backwards? I know the '700' had a short steering wheel shaft. Is it possible somebody turned it around for hood clearance or is this a factory fix?   Please post this as I've been wondering ever since I discovered this web site , but just recently pick up a digital camera.



    I told Mark that the flat side of the steering wheel goes to the back, and that I suspected that this was a 9HP Model 23 engine -- and that we needed the engine numbers to confirm....     Kent

    Hi Kent, Great weather today, fired up tractor and let junior drive it around the yard. Haven't spent any real  time working  on it yet, but plan on repaint and new front tires this spring. You may remember the 7.25 had been replaced with  a larger engine, but noticed today that the new  engine originally  was painted gold, could it be a Kohler? (I'm still trying to locate ser. #)  I sell motorhomes and remember the old Kohler gensets being gold. please let me know. Thanks, Mark  

    I suggested to Mark that the gold paint may have been from a Montgomery Ward Garden Mark Squire -- I certainly don't think it's a Kohler.

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