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ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« on: April 21, 2015, 07:15:26 AM »
What is it?
I found out what this tractor is.
It is an original MTD 990. Somewhere between 1972 and 1974.
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Re: Trying to ID this tactor
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2015, 06:24:11 PM »
That was my first guess as  it being a sears. I went to a tractor forum today and link some pics over. With in an hour I had several replies.  And was shocked to find the answer.

Come to find out this tractor was made by MTD in the very early 70's. So we now know the maker. Just have to find the model.  I am told that they did not use tags but stamped on serial data.  And they told me where to look. So will do that one day this week.

I also found that this tractor has been re-baged over 20 times. So there are many "models" out there. All the same but different paint schemes. JC Penney, Orion, Unico, Alis Chambers, Montgomery Ward, just to name a few.

That engine is a cast iron 10 hp Briggs and Stratton. I already ran the numbers on it. Biggest 10 hp I ever seen lol.

Going to be a fun restore. Most of the parts are there and they still make stuff for this one :)
The exhaust is a mess for sure. 

Here is a pic of a restored Unico.
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Re: Trying to ID this tactor
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2015, 05:23:33 AM »
Got the front wheels off last night. Tires are shot. I already have 2 new ones. But need inner tubes. I dont this the rims will old air at this point.
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Re: Trying to ID this tactor
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2015, 07:50:32 AM »
Got the tractor in the shop. Started disassemble process.
I now know this is a MTD 900 series tractor. Just not sure of the make.
The id tag is just a piece of foil and the printing is gone.
If I can get the steer wheel off then remove the dash may be able to put under the microscope to read it.
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Re: Trying to ID this tactor
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2015, 09:27:48 AM »
more pics
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Re: Trying to ID this tactor
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2015, 09:59:46 AM »
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Re: ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2015, 08:52:42 AM »
I now have it stripped down to the chassis
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Re: ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2015, 08:56:08 AM »
Found a few pics of an original MTD.
Mine will look like this soon
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Re: ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2015, 04:28:59 PM »
Got to chassis sand blasted and primed
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Re: ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2015, 04:31:12 PM »
In one of the above pics I found a crack in the front of the frame where the attachments connect. Ground down and welded up
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Re: ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2015, 04:32:32 PM »
Chassis painted . I went with Ford/New Holland paint
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Re: ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2015, 05:13:23 PM »
Now to start with all the small parts on the table then to the large pile of metal sitting in the corner.
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Re: ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2015, 02:32:59 PM »
Welded up the hole in frame
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Re: ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2015, 06:14:23 PM »
And it is getting closer
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Re: ID and Restore an original MTD 990
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2015, 06:15:15 PM »
next set
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