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You'll have way better luck selling those SS16's to people that are looking for them. CL knuckleheads are just looking for a cheap mower. When I'm looking to sell "vintage" equipment, I go on Facebook "Lawn and Garden Tractor SWAP & Shop". These are more "collectors" and right now those 16's are selling pretty quick. It will also give you an idea of the current market value. Somebody up in your part of the Country is looking for the 16's, with chains, and blower units right now. The good thing about your 16's is that they have Onan engines and not Tecumseh. Tecumseh SSI ignitions are disaster waiting to happen as far as finding parts. Onan parts, although pricey, are still readily available

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I know, right? But after 40-some years everything in there is pretty much fine. It's a dusty dry dirt, never sees rain or snow, never really been a problem. He keeps things up off the dirt itself or in the loft.

Fred
You lost me at stuffing pigs and hospitals, lol, but I like the phrase, going to use it if you don't mind
Found a couple of these on Craigslist for $1745 and $650 working, $150 in bad shape
They're still on Craigslist, too, you know?

Non-Squid:
Great idea about an auction, there is some kind of online auction just south of us, I expect I would have to get a trailer and load everything up and haul it there. Not sure this is worth the drive from downstate for those other auction houses, but maybe they make a circuit around the state. Will give the local guy a call to get an idea on what he'd do with this.

nywoodworks and Bob (Fred) Driver:
Am just hoping these things might have some more years of usefulness, didn't think too much about them being collectable, but hey, we all have hobbies, right? Fred, pay no mind to Elizabeth, lol. Very interesting about the Onan engines vs Tecumseh, that's a plus. Excellent point about the snowblowing, as we are at that point in the year here.
Looks like the world has moved on from Craigslist into Facebook Marketplace and groups, you both make a good point about that being the way to go. I tried the link, Bob, but need a logon to go much further, and don't have Facebook now. I had an old generic Facebook account from many years ago but can't log in with it anymore, and I hear it's a fair amount of headaches and time to sign up fresh again and get permissions for Marketplace and groups now.


Regardless, it's on me to pull all of this equipment together and get it ready to go, so that's the next step. Will also see if I can get both tractors running. Since they were both used during the last year, perhaps they only need a fresh battery and fuel. Going to have lunch with Dad-in-law today, and will see if he can remember more detail about what the starting problems are for each tractor. Odd that he's had no issues for what, 47 years, with these tractors, but this year is different. Will look into access to Facebook option also.
Most common "starting problem" with the old BF series Onan engines after them've sat for a while is the diaphragms in the vac fuel pump bolted to the front of the Zenith (Marvel Schebler) carburetor. That's getting to be a pricey carb if you're thinking about just buying it new OEM and the Chinese aftermarkets never work as well as the original Zeniths.

Cheapest route to go is with a "pump kit". Link below is to a Onan # 142-0570 pump kit that has everything you need to overhaul the fuel pump, especially the diaphragms. Those diaphragms are delicate. They really don't like E10 fuel, and they end up cracking, or stiffening up to the point where the won't flex to pump the fuel. Replacing the pump parts is pretty simple if you play "Monkey see--Monkey do".

Clear a place on a bench to slowly take it apart. As you take it apart, lay it out in the exact order you remove the parts. Take pictures with your cell phone if you feel you need. Once the parts are laid out, take the parts from the new kit and substitute them with the old parts you removed. Start reassembling with the new parts in the reverse direction of your bench layout. You don't need to remove the carb to rebuild the fuel pump, but this kit comes with the carb base gaskets and they are 50 years old....

142-0570 Onan Pump Kit $20
 
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