New Purchase things to look for

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New Purchase things to look for

Postby ddub » Mon May 01, 2017 12:12 pm

Hey everyone,

I am planning on going out to look at a couple Super A's this week and was looking for any advice on common problems to look for when purchasing. I know that deal breakers are going to vary from person to person. I'm not necessary looking to get a turn (pull) key tractor so I am open to restoring one that doesn't run, but I don't feel like handling a cracked head or something like that.

What I am wondering is what are some Super A specific things to look for.

Thank in advance for any info!

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Re: New Purchase things to look for

Postby Jim Becker » Mon May 01, 2017 3:40 pm

Mostly, the same things as a Cub. That was pretty well covered in your other thread. Freeze cracks show in different places. The most common place is the left side of the engine block, the area obscured behind the generator and carburetor.

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Re: New Purchase things to look for

Postby ddub » Mon May 01, 2017 5:17 pm

Okay awesome thanks Jim. I didn't realize they would be that similar but I guess it makes sense.

I decided I definitely want hydraulics and the cub in my post on the cub page got sold before I pulled the trigger.. There are a lot more Super A's in my area so I have started broadening my search.

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Re: New Purchase things to look for

Postby Super A » Mon May 01, 2017 8:46 pm

See how much slop there is in the steering, and how much you can wiggle the left rear wheel by facing it, grabbing the top of the tire, and rocking side to side. If you hear/feel it bumping back and forth, it's got a lot of acres/hours. I also like to check the four cap screws on the back of the steering box where the cultivator frames slide in, to make sure they're not stripped out. None of these things are deal breakers, but give you an idea on wear n' tear.

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Re: New Purchase things to look for

Postby SONNY » Mon May 01, 2017 9:39 pm

My super a has been cracked behind the carb, BUT someone did a super job welding it.--antifreeze stays full--oil is clean, and motor runs great, except the governor don't work a bit! (got a new used one to put in!)---One other thing you might check, IS the crankshaft pulley TIGHT???? LOL!!!--- I have a straight a that came loose and the crank is probably worn on the end!---Other than that , if they start/steer/shift good,--- GO FOR IT!! LOL!!! thanks; sonny
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Re: New Purchase things to look for

Postby Lt.Mike » Tue May 02, 2017 6:24 am

Super A wrote:See how much slop there is in the steering, and how much you can wiggle the left rear wheel by facing it, grabbing the top of the tire, and rocking side to side. If you hear/feel it bumping back and forth, it's got a lot of acres/hours. I also like to check the four cap screws on the back of the steering box where the cultivator frames slide in, to make sure they're not stripped out. None of these things are deal breakers, but give you an idea on wear n' tear.

Al

I'll second that on the steering. Don't really know why but the A's I've had and looked at seem to get slop in the steering as the steering sector wears.
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Re: New Purchase things to look for

Postby superman » Tue May 02, 2017 7:13 am

Take a good look at the left final drive... any movement, cracks, welds etc. They are prone to being over stressed. I am in the process of replacing one myself, fortunately I found a donor.


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