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    I haven't given up on the 87 yet! I figured out that the issue I was having with the clutch and main drive belt was an assembly error on my part. I had the main drive pulley backwards on the crank so when I tightened up the PTO bolt the main drive pully pressed tight against the back of the PO cluthc and the whole assembly locked up solid. That meant that when the crank turned the entire PTO asembly turned and was stopped by the peg on the side of the motor, resulting in the crank stopping turning. I flipped the main drive pulley and all is well. I am getting close to being ready to try starting the rebuilt engine. I need to get a good bettery and the right oil and cross my fingers that the wiring and coil are in good enough condition to run the engine.

    I swapped the front rims and tires from the 87 onto the 77 and did a bit of bulldozing with the 77 today. It worked great, until the battery died and the ignition broke up. I need a good battery and I also need to adjust the carb on the 77. But it ran well enough to push some dirt around.

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    OK- the 87 214 is officially a parts tractor. Tonight I got it back together enough to crank it over and check for spark. The electric PTO works, but the wiring harness for the motor is so degraded that half the time the starter motor won't work. There is no spark at the spark plug (and I checked the condition and gap of the points). I also discovered a somewhat big oil leak on the flywheel side of the engine.

    I think someone with more time and motivation could bring this one back fom the brink, but I have another tractor that works fine and I just don't have time to go any further with this one. I will be parting it out for very reasonable prices. I am keeping the choke cable and control assembly, and posibly the motor if I can determine that the leak is something simple like a bad bearing plate gasket and not a cranked block or broken bearing plate.

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    Well, I didn't scrap it. I sold the blade, mover deck, and side engine covers, but when I was removing the rebuilt engine the rest of the tractor was just too clean to junk. So I am still selling it but I am trying to get the mnotor running and sell it as a running tractor. It is just too nice to scrap. Fingers crossed i can get it running and patch the wiring harness up enough to sell it.

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    The 200 series tractors came from the factory with manual lift.
    The hydraulic and electric lift were dealer installed.
    Caution is always advised because parts can get swapped a lot over 40 years.
    You may not have the original console that came with that tractor.

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    My 1977 214 has the full hydraulic lift and this 1987 214 has the manual lift. For now I will be keeping the hydraulic tractor hydraulic and the manual tractor manual. I just want to get the 1987 back to running condition to sell it. Both tractors have all original parts.

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