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PostSubject: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2022, 12:57 pm

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you the Roper 16T (Model T6328CR) I acquired recently! I'm not sure of the exact year yet but they were made between 1978-83, this particular machine came from Quebec, Canada where less salt is used on the roads and it shows! *Edit* Based on the model code it is a 1980.1980 Roper 16T  202210431980 Roper 16T  20221042



The good

New Armstrong brand tires front and rear, 16x6.5-8 on the front and 23x9.5-12 on the rear (stock tire sizes)...1980 Roper 16T  202210451980 Roper 16T  20221044


...a brand new looking and working battery...1980 Roper 16T  20221046


...a good running 16hp B&S opposed twin which, is an engine I've been wanting for a long time!1980 Roper 16T  20221047


It has the 3 speed hi/low, presumably a 633a and has 1" splined axles (not keyed)...1980 Roper 16T  20221048


...a nice clutch/brake pedal pad instead of a rubber sleeve...1980 Roper 16T  20221049


...and a really nice steering wheel in great shape! 1980 Roper 16T  20221050



The bad

The seat is a goner but I'll see what I can do with it...1980 Roper 16T  20221051


...the fuel cap/gauge is missing the plastic top so I'll track something down sooner rather than later...1980 Roper 16T  20221052


...the dash is cracked so I'll probably end up doing some plastic welding and reinforcing of it before winter...1980 Roper 16T  20221053


...the baffle on the muffler is disintegrated but I added a deflector I had kicking around...1980 Roper 16T  20221055


...the rear light lens is missing but the guy I got it from may have it, if not I know where to get another...1980 Roper 16T  20221060


...and there's some funky repair to the rear left fender, not sure what that's about1980 Roper 16T  20221054



Something cool about it too is that is has all the original decals and they're in decent shape!
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I got this beauty for $300 and a nice guitar in trade (Ibanez Artcore AS73) with the original snowblower (with a spare gearbox) and cutting deck plus a homemade weight box and snow plow so I'm pretty happy with the deal!

I'm not saying I won't offroad it at some point but I will not be doing offroad modifications, she's going to be a workhorse and I may even try out some tractor pulling with it at local events!

Hope you enjoy, I'll be back with more soon enough!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2022, 2:41 pm

Nice tractor there! I may be a bit jealous lol

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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2022, 7:49 pm

Rustbucket Garage wrote:
Nice tractor there! I may be a bit jealous lol
Well don't be like that now! Lol. But thank you!


I messed around with it a little today. It drives great and after enriching the carb it runs absolutely mint! I can't believe how smooth and easy the steering is, you can drive it with one hand like a car but it's not worn out or sloppy it's just good!

I found the ID tag and based on the way Roper dates their tractors (AR,BR,CR ect.) it was made in the third year of production making it a 1980 model, probably built in 1979 if the serial number is any indication of that.1980 Roper 16T  20221061


I drove it around a bunch, tested it over some obstacles and it's awesome! A real good and solid tractor that I think will handle just about whatever I throw at it!

That's all for now!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 31st 2022, 7:16 am

That's a clean looking Roper you got there @Brianator. I juat missed out on a real nice 16T last week with a mower deck and a Briggs Vanguard in it. Was on Kijiji for $325 but when I messaged the guy it was already taken. Always wanted one of those tractors!

Nice that you got the blade and weight box too, should be a great tractor to plow some snow with!


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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 31st 2022, 9:34 am

It sure is @AllisKidD21, looks to me like someone took care of it for the most part! Sadly the plow needs, in my opinion some going over and reconfiguring. It's homemade and decent but has some flaws that need correcting, I also don't know how much use I'll get out of it as I have the proper snowblower for it and a really heavy duty grading blade for my Bolens tube frames, I'll post pics of the Ropers parts later today.


I noticed something interesting yesterday and hoping that someone here can help me figure it out... what the heck did these rear wheels come off of!? Notice the extra lip where a wheel weight bolts on. 1980 Roper 16T  20221062


I'm not complaining because the Massey Ferguson split weights I have will actually fit perfectly inside out (as compared to how they usually go on) and not interfere with the wheel bolts. 1980 Roper 16T  202210641980 Roper 16T  20221063


What's great about that is it will put more weight towards the inside instead of that extra weight hanging outwards and be a little less stress on the axles but for the life of me I cannot find the existence of these wheels! I've looked through hundreds of pictures online of many different manufacturers and have came up empty so far.

If anyone has an idea please speak up! Lol


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- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 31st 2022, 11:53 am

I was curious about those wheels too.  I see they were originally white.

They are kind of like the wheels I got to put my executioners on.  Just inverted.

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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 31st 2022, 1:21 pm

MightyRaze wrote:
I was curious about those wheels too.  I see they were originally white.

They are kind of like the wheels I got to put my executioners on.  Just inverted.
Yes they were and they do look basically the same! Any idea what yours came off of?


Okay, so one more long winded post and the introduction to this tractor is done! More goodies came today and I took pictures of everything and I found out more history on it... the fella I bought it from got it from the original owner who had it serviced at the dealer every single year until he stopped using it which explains why it seems so well cared for.

I even got the ORIGINAL manual along with a couple of extras inside it, looks like an axle was replaced in 1994. 1980 Roper 16T  202210721980 Roper 16T  20221071


Here's the homemade snow blade, not horribly built and decent materials were used but that mast has to go, it looks like it was used to lift and lower it but I'll cut that off and come up with something better (eventually). That red "shoe" thing in the middle I believe is for transporting it without dragging the blade and was probably for backing into a garage or shed, it would only work by pulling it backwards as it's on a pivot and if you drove forward the blade would fall to the ground.  1980 Roper 16T  202210741980 Roper 16T  20221073


I got a homemade weight box (for the rear) with it and I think those two links are for the snow blade.1980 Roper 16T  202210791980 Roper 16T  20221078



The 34" snowblower is in decent shape, it came with extra parts, a new belt and only has surface rust! The auger blade has been repaired at some point but that won't affect it I'm sure. It is missing one upper link, I'll make one if it's not found or too much trouble to source another, it's the threaded pin that goes into the axle that will be the trick to find or make (last picture).1980 Roper 16T  202210761980 Roper 16T  202210771980 Roper 16T  202210751980 Roper 16T  20221083



Last but not least is the 48" mower deck, it's solid and pretty heavy! No rot or holes just surface rust and a slightly bent discharge chute flap. It came with the mule drive and a spare lift mechanism but could use a new belt. I have to say that this deck may be a little too big for my yard but I'll still try it out next year to find out. 1980 Roper 16T  202210821980 Roper 16T  202210811980 Roper 16T  20221080


Something I forgot to mention previously is that this actual tractor came with an electric 3 point hitch which my friend Jace scored before I got it, it was incomplete but he finished it and put it on his 14hp Roper yard tractor. I'm really hoping he'll part with it so I can make this tractor whole again and put it to use! Heck this tractor has all the wiring and the switch for it too, it would literally be plug and play!

Well, that's the end of the introduction! I'm really happy with the tractor and the deal I've gotten on it. I look forward to enjoying it for years to come!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 31st 2022, 2:01 pm

I got those wheels brand new on sale for like $39 each.  I see they are much more.  All they said was zero turn or garden tractor wheels.

At first I was thinking Massey, Ford, or even Sears FF series.  How does a sears GTV16 sound for the source of the wheels?

  How does the bearings in that mower deck feel?  Just a handy tip, don't overtighten the belt with the mule adjustment.  It will wear the center mandrel bearings out of the mower deck fast.


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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 31st 2022, 2:35 pm

Yup @MightyRaze lots of the Sears GTV16's with the same looking wheels...you nailed it! Lol.

The bearings in the mower deck feel smooth and tight (no play), no grinding or funny business but really I'd have to take the central belt off to feel/spin each one individually but by grabbing each blade and turning them it feels very promising!

Thanks for the tip on the not over tightening the belt, I believe that's something you dealt with on Phoenix (formerly Grandpa) isn't it?


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeOctober 31st 2022, 3:56 pm

Yes it is. Or i believe that is the deal.  I am looking to maybe converting the spindles to something newer next year if I get motivated.  These old rigs are getting harder to repair as old parts are getting more sparce.


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     Red Bandit ...72 Wheel Horse Raider 12
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     Bowser..........01 Murray Widebody LT
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 11th 2022, 5:04 pm

So guys this is my first Briggs Oppy (date code Oct '79) and I have to say that this thing makes alot of mechanical noise, is that fairly normal for these in your experiences? My old flathead singles are fairly noisy as well but this truly sounds tractor-ey so I'm hoping it's nothing to be concerned with because I like it, sounds like a proper tractor!

I think I'll put the stethoscope on it tomorrow regardless but would love to hear some opinions!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 11th 2022, 5:30 pm

Don't know about the oppy but mechanical noises simply mean something is not right in my opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 11th 2022, 5:41 pm

They can be noisy, but nothing too much out of the ordinary.

Some of my video's showcasing the engine. Maybe it can help?



More exhaust, but towards the end maybe.


maybe


This one is probably a good one for engine noises. I have a pretty quiet muffler on Red.


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     Red Bandit ...72 Wheel Horse Raider 12
     Dirty Rat........77 Sears Suburban
     Bowser..........01 Murray Widebody LT
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 11th 2022, 5:43 pm

Maybe toss up a video of the noise if you can?


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     Dirty Rat........77 Sears Suburban
     Bowser..........01 Murray Widebody LT
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 11th 2022, 8:54 pm

Definitely helped @MightyRaze , it sounds the most like Lil Red how you can hear what sounds like valvetrain noise perhaps? Alot of a tapping like sound. I'll definitely do a little poking around and take a short video tomorrow but it runs strong and seems to have good compression.

fbisurveilancevan wrote:
Don't know about the oppy but mechanical noises simply mean something is not right in my opinion.
Not necessarily but maybe, some engines are just noisy like a rash of 90's GM engines that suffered from piston slap, not hurting anything but noticeable (which is what I'm hoping for).

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- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 11th 2022, 9:58 pm

These Oppys in all the videos I've seen have a loud tapping/clicking noise to em, almost like a motor with a leaky exhaust manifold. I think it's probably cause they're such big flatheads, but IDK. Never had the ability to mess with one unfortunately. Someday....

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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 12th 2022, 1:10 pm

I've done a little poking around and here's some results:

Cylinder # 2 has a dry compression reading of 100psi and a wet reading of 105psi.1980 Roper 16T  202211251980 Roper 16T  20221126


Cylinder # 1 has a dry reading of 70psi and a wet reading of 73psi so I think it's safe to say that the piston rings and bores are fine but that's a large difference between cylinders! 1980 Roper 16T  202211271980 Roper 16T  20221128


Keep in mind the engine cold starts easily and runs strong so I'm hoping it just needs valve clearance adjustment on cylinder # 2 and that it's not a sunken valve seat or worn wrist pin. I've determined cylinder numbers based on the official B&S parts manual in case you were wondering.

I used my stethoscope and it's definitely a little noisier on the pto side nearest cylinder # 2 as compared to cylinder # 1 side and closer to the top of the cylinder as compared to nearer the crankshaft.


Here's a short video and it sounds fairly accurate as compared to in person although the clatter does sound more pronounced in the video.



I've ran it a fair bit and the noise didn't really bother me until I started overthinking it (but isn't that always the way!) and as I said it runs strong, I should check valve clearances soon but for now I may add a splash of Lucas Oil Stabilizer to see if it quiets down a touch or not.


Let me know what y'all think!


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- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 12th 2022, 1:25 pm

Best guess is that something is wrong with valve lash perhaps, you're experienced enough to know what a really bad noise sounds like and from what you say it sounds like one side is just loose.

If you have a leakdown tester that's always a good thing to check too.
Anyway adjusting valves wouldn't hurt a thing

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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 12th 2022, 1:55 pm

fbisurveilancevan wrote:
Best guess is that something is wrong with valve lash perhaps, you're experienced enough to know what a really bad noise sounds like and from what you say it sounds like one side is just loose.

If you have a leakdown tester that's always a good thing to check too.
Anyway adjusting valves wouldn't hurt a thing

Could be loose or perhaps tight, Briggs flatheads tend to get tight on the exhaust valve over time or either intake or exhaust if a valve seat sinks. Checking the lash will tell me something even if I don't like what I find! Lol. Unfortunately checking the lash is much more involved than with a OHV and much more so to adjust it, I'm not sure it's even possible without removing the head and valve(s), maybe though if I can remove the valve keeper and push the valve up far enough to get a file in there? I do have the proper valve spring compressor for it...

A leakdown test is a excellent idea, that would give me a reason to finish and test the leakdown tester I (mostly) built a couple years ago and forgot about! Lol.

Thanks for the input!


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- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 15th 2022, 4:10 pm

I got a Sears suburban 16 that looks just like yours, same engine.
You would not believe how reliable my old rig is. My hood, dash and chassis looks just like yours.
I've got both a 1 7/8 and 2 inch ball hitch tow bar on the rear. I had to add a spring on the rear of the seat bracket to keep the seat from bottoming out on a bump.
Steering is great. Had a tie rod fall down once at high speed.
Mine has R+3 forward speeds and low speed selection also.
Mine had water in the transaxle when it was first given to me and had grape vines all over the machine.
Removed the top from the carb while still on the engine, cleaned internal on carb, jumped to the old battery, primed and she started.

Drained the gear box and added 80/90 and installed a plastic homemade umbrella on the shifter to stop water from getting in the gear box.

All this was 8 years ago and had to air up one tire since. Cannot believe how the old Briggs engine just keeps going like the energizer bunny. Weakest part on this rig is the front part of the hood that holds the headlights is fiberglass.

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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 15th 2022, 9:51 pm

Just FYI,

Heard people running 80/90 and not heard any issues, but they call for 5qt of straight 30w nondetergent.


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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 16th 2022, 10:02 pm

Good tips guys and thanks, I haven't checked the diff fluid yet but have been meaning to.

Quick Tip: make sure your unit doesn't have any bronze gears or parts that are NOT compatible with modern automotive diff fluid(s) bearing the GL5 certification as they are corrosive to them! My Bolens' call for GL4 certified only for that reason.

The biggest difference that I know of between your Suburban and my Roper @Okie743 are the nose cones, the Sears are fiberglass while my Roper has a aluminum one which in all honestly still has the same weak looking hood hinges. Fine for everyday use but if I was offroading it I'd prefer fiberglass so I could easily repair and reinforce it.

I am definitely looking forward to working this tractor as it was intended to be!


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- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 16th 2022, 10:09 pm

I just realized your compression reading.  All my oppys tend to be about 65 psi.  That's a low milage unit.  LOL


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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 20th 2022, 5:21 pm

Well I'm sure glad I'm not relying on this beast for snowthrowing duty because it refuses to start in the cold! Lol. The other day, just around the freezing mark it was a bear to get started and it only ran on one cylinder for a couple of minutes until the other decided to catch but today... no chance and it was only about 23f out. I'm sure it has something to do with the difference in cylinder compressions but also maybe the fuel pump is struggling to get fuel up to the carb? I think I'll need to consider adding a one way fuel valve near the tank to see if that helps at all. It's nice it came with new spark plugs but I never liked running NGKs in equipment, especially in Briggs and Strattons so a switch to Champion plugs is most definitely in order!


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- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  Icon_minitimeNovember 20th 2022, 6:21 pm

Quick update!

I gave it a shot of fresh fuel in the tank, laced the spray to it while starting and I got it to catch after a couple of tries. It still wasn't terribly happy at first but it went and that's good enough to ease my mind a little (for now), I also ordered a pair of Champion J19LM plugs for it (a few bucks cheaper than the RJs) and will pop them in as soon as they arrive which should be tomorrow!


My All Terrain Tractors:
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- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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