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 Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16

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PostSubject: Re: Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16   Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16 - Page 6 Icon_minitimeApril 21st 2022, 8:10 pm

Lots of good news, bad news happening today.

Good news, The center mandrel showed up a day early! 
Bad news, The top bearing was shot.
Good news, I still have the bearing I was going to install on the jacked up one I had.
Bad news, I jacked up the threads on the top of the mandrel.
Good news, It was an easy fix!
Good news,  Mandrel installed!
Good news, Mower deck installed!
Lastly, Bad news.  With the new engine mount, the pulley is in a different location so a new belt will need to be purchased.  Original is 5/8-103.  I need 5/8-105.  So, the mower deck needs to come back off more than likely as I do not know if my back will allow me to get down and remove the belt guide off the top of the mower deck for belt removal.

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Also, I found some oil under the tractor, and it is dripping a tiny bit.  Found that the low side cap is weeping some oil.

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PostSubject: Re: Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16   Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16 - Page 6 Icon_minitimeApril 21st 2022, 9:34 pm

Take your time. Take care of the back for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16   Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16 - Page 6 Icon_minitimeApril 22nd 2022, 7:32 pm

It looks fantastic! Nice work!
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PostSubject: Re: Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16   Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16 - Page 6 Icon_minitimeApril 22nd 2022, 7:45 pm

All good news today. Grandpa is a mower again!

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Also the oil was due to gas in it. I figured due to the carb having a little bit of an angle now with the new engine plate. Easy fix, run the gas out when I am done. lol

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PostSubject: Re: Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16   Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16 - Page 6 Icon_minitimeApril 23rd 2022, 12:46 am

Contemplating renaming Grandpa to Phoenix.  This tractor just doesn't know when to give up.

  • Mid 80's the tractor had a bad wreck where it fell out of a pickup.  Dad got it running but ran hoodless for several years until my brother build a nose for it.
  • Blew original engine,
  • Blew rebuilt engine,
  • Blew rebuilt engine again- final nail for engine.
  • Left to rot behind my parents shed for several years.
  • Moved to my sister's house to continue to rot as well as sit in 4-6 inches of water in the rainy season a few more years.
  • Saved and rebuilt about 7-8 years ago by me. Repowered 389cc Lifan. Found a new nose cone for it as well.
  • Freshened up again in the past year mowing again like a champ TODAY!


My dad was the original purchaser from Sears in 1975.  I've definitely had the most seat time post hood smash.  This tractor is the first motorized thing I ever drove.  I hope you have enjoyed this tractor's journey with me.  It'll probably fall off ATLTF for the most part but will survive to see several more years use!

Dad in '76
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Me getting ready to mow in 88.
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Recovered in 2015.
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Rebuild in '16-17.
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2nd redo 2022.
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PostSubject: Re: Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16   Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16 - Page 6 Icon_minitimeApril 23rd 2022, 1:07 am

If decals were not so much, I'd consider getting some ST/16 decals back on the hood.

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PostSubject: Re: Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16   Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16 - Page 6 Icon_minitimeApril 23rd 2022, 1:38 am

Actually, they are quite a bit less now.  Around $34

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PostSubject: Re: Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16   Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16 - Page 6 Icon_minitimeApril 23rd 2022, 4:54 pm

That's awesome it's been in the family since new and now you've brought it back from the dead and will keep it working! For $34 you'd be silly to not put that final touch on it, just do it! Lol

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PostSubject: Re: Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16   Phoenix - 1975 Sears Suburban ST/16 - Page 6 Icon_minitimeApril 26th 2022, 11:24 pm

I've thought on this awhile and I am going to rename the tractor to Phoenix!

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Tractors:
Li'l Red - 89 Murray Widebody
TheGreenMachine - 89 Craftsman GT18
Bowser - 01 Murray Widebody LT 
Phoenix - 75 Sears ST/16
Dirty Rat - 77 Sears Suburban
Kal-El - 82 Murray GT
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