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PostSubject: Sears super 12 build   Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:58 am

Picked up a 1967 Sears super 12 yesterday. Any thoughts or ideas?
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PostSubject: Sears Super 12    Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:00 am

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Just picked up a 1967 Sears super 12 yesterday. Any thoughts or ideas on what to modify next? It's going to be an off-road tractor.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:06 pm

Nice Sears! Your pics posted 3 times though.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:26 pm

Nice! That got an old Tecumseh in it? I would put a bumper on the front, something subtle but functional. It could save 'er from having to get a nose job, hahaha!
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:02 pm

Looks good. Might want to add a brace somewhere to help hold the exhaust if you don't have one. With a high and heavy pipe, vibration works pretty hard on mounting bolts. If it's threaded into the block it might be less of an issue, but even then, that pipe is pretty tall. As far as further modifications, bumpers are always cool and fairly easy to make out of various junk. Hood rack, light bars, skid plates, rub rails, custom paint, stickers. Could do stuff for looks like put some screen behind the open headlight holes. Can get creative with spray paint and masking tape on the hood/fenders ect. Racing stripes... I made a fake hood scoop from a piece of pvc pipe and shampoo bottle once on a tractor. Spray painted it silver. Didn't look horrible, I had it held on with wire ties.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:38 pm

Turns out after degreasing the tractor the paint isn't original. Someone before me had tried to match the paint to original and failed terribly. Also anyone know how to waterproof the points on the spark plug or do an electrical ignition system swap? Really thinking about going with this color. Let me know what you guys think! Tear down starts this weekend.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:29 pm

One thing you definitely should do is make a flywheel screen, or else the flywheel might coat the cooling fins with mud and water and it would probably overheat. Also about the points, I could be mistaken, but aren't those old Tecumseh's solid state ignition?
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:01 pm

I'm ordering the original shroud for it. I wanna say so but being my first one I'm not sure. Ill definitely found out Saturday when I pull it off and begin rebuilding it.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:17 am

Nice, that will probably be better. Yeah if it's solid state there won't be any points, so you don't have to worry about waterproofing them.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:10 am

I cleaned it up the other night and tried to fire it up afterward and it wouldn't start at all. Let it dry out a day and it fired right up no problems at all. Leading me to believe it's not a solid state.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:46 pm

Yeah it could be, I guess you'll find out when you start tearing it
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:59 pm

So started the tear down today and noticed a lot of stuff missing. I also pulled the head and began to pull the piston. I discovered the valves weren't seating right due to the carbon build up so I knocked a lot of carbon off and cleaned up the heat sinks on the block. I also noticed the piston had sucked in a small screw I'm assuming from the carburetor( common problem with the Tecumseh around this year) and beat it half to death imprinting the screw into the piston and eventually exiting the exhaust valve and out the muffler. The rings seemed fine except the oil ring. It seemed as if it split on the underside of it causing to seep a little causing it to smoke. It did smoke when I first got it last week. QUESTION: Am I able to put a modern solenoid on this tractor? I don't see any difference and I'd like to update it as you can tell the solenoid is fairly old. I also plan on running new wires for the harness. Maybe swapping the ammeter for a voltmeter or temp gauge. I've also decided on a color but you guys let me know what you think, attached is a photo of my car, it is sonic blue. Let me know your opinions! Plan to pull rearend tomorrow and dash. Then the sanding begins! 09.23.2016
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:02 pm













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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:31 pm


Here's the color I'm thinking of doing

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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:09 pm

Cleaned up the inside real well today and the underbody. Pulled the front axle and the rear transaxle off. The rear was leaking due to a bad seal. Drained it and was chocolate milk lol. It was rough. Tomorrow I'll tackle getting steering wheel off being its froze on there. Gear pulled is my best bet.


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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:06 pm

That's what the old gear oil looked like in my Case when I changed it, yuck. That blue is a cool color, are you going to paint the sheet metal and fiberglass parts two different colors?
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:41 pm

Old and new solenoids are the same, to water proof the points for those engines just silicone the cover on the points housing that is held in place with a wire strap. Nice blue, should look good. My Techumsa sucked in the choke butterfly screw too. Thought it was just my luck, LOL.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:15 am

I must admit, Im probably slightly jealous. Thats a cool looking sears!
The picture of the piston, makes me want to check all the little screws in my engines!
Maybe a little loctite wont hurt.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:55 pm

Wow that piston is pretty badly damaged.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:39 pm

Been busy lately, I decided to go with a deep blue color instead, sprayed it all up and clear coated. Got it all put back together tonight. I've been off for 2 weeks so I've had more than enough time to get it done. Sand blasted the hood real good since it's the first thing you see. It's coming together real nice. Gonna fire her up tomorrow, first time since the rebuild. Can't wait to have this thing romping! Still need to paint the wheels and get a new steering wheel and a belt guard. Hop to have her drivable before the November mud bogs! Dad picked up a 1971 Sears SS14 completely restored for 350 bucks! Only made one year with the 14 horse Briggs and Stratton. Neat tractor! He only plans on using it for pulling trailers and stuff. Still has the original tires on the rear from 1971. Dry rotted but barely used!








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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:39 pm

Looks good!! Love those rear tires, will be able to dig some holes with those, LOL.
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:54 pm

Thanks man I'm hoping it will perform well in the mud!
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:59 am

Paint looks great! Is there a peerless 633 in that?
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PostSubject: Re: Sears Super 12    Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:00 pm

I honestly have no idea
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