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    1983 JD 318 Cleanup ... Southwest Wisconsin

    I was not planning on starting a thread on this tractor yet but a post in “What did you do to your tractor today" will get lengthy.

    Tractor is a 1983 318 s/n M00318X226695. Engine is a B43G-GA018/40608, s/n L823643348


    I bought the tractor from member Rick up in southwestern Michigan. Tractor is rough looking but after running some Seafoam through the fuel tank it purrs like a kitten. Smoke or oil usage does not seem to be an issue but I have very little run time on the tractor. It is being setup to be my snow clearing machine for this winter since my 826 walk-behind work has not been started. Tractor will have model 49, also from Rick, installed until model 49 I am restoring is completed.

    Phase 1 is to complete service work to make tractor usable for winter service. This is fixing broken or non-functional parts of the tractor. I am keeping a spreadsheet on all the work being completed and cost. I need to edit that list so will publish here when Phase 1 is complete.

    Here are some photos ....
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    Currently in my garages/sheds: 1967 JD112 RF ... 1972 JD 112 SF ... 1973 140 H3 ... 1977 JD 300 ... 1979 JD 216
    1979 JD 314 ... 1979 JD 317K ... 1986 JD 318 ... 2004 JD X485 ... 2011 JD TX Gator ... 2012 JD X720 ... 19XX Zennoh 7001B
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    Deerely Departed : 1965 JD 110 ... 1967 JD 110 ... 1978 JD 316K ... 1987 JD 175 ... 1987 JD 185 ... 1987 JD 332 w/ 44 loader
    1990 JD 318 ... 2007 JD X300 ... 2015 Z930M ZTR ... 19XX MF 7 ... 1970 Harley FLH ... 1979 Harley Superglide

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    Following...I just picked up a 1983 318 with Cozy Cab and 47 blower in August and need to do the same process.

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    HI Scott. This tractor looked rough but started and ran well except for surge in engine. SeaFoam took care of the surge. Appearance was bad because of rust, dirt, and oil/grease. Sheet metal was all there but not dented. Electrically everything worked except tail lights. Tail lights did not work because of disconnected ground wire shown in first set of photos. I have most of parts needed to finish first phase which is get engine fully serviced and everything working. Still waiting for some breather parts then and I can finish up the engine. In the meantime I am cleaning up the frame starting at front of tractor and working my way rearward.

    So far I have

    • changed out broken fuel shut off valve,
    • replaced air filter and foam pre-filter. Originals were quite dirty.
    • changed engine oil and filter.
    • changed fuel filter
    • installed a new fuel cap/gauge
    • installed a steering wheel spinner
    • installed a flip-over seat base I had on hand. I have new seat on order.
    • Electrically I need to change connector for seat switch to wire up the flip-over base switch. I have parts to do this.
    • Breather parts should be in Friday.
    • I need to replace some of the fuel hoses that are cracked and could fail so will be replaced now.
    • There is a leak under right front hydraulic couplers I have new o-rings. If that does not fix leak will replace couplers.
    • Need to change transmission/hydraulic oil and filter but right rear axle seal is leaking so oil and filter change will be completed when that is repaired.
    • I have front wheels off the tractor for repaint. Right is finished. Left to do yet
    • Cleaning up and repainting front part of frame including front axle and steering components.
    • Oversize car battery installed by PO does not fit battery tray. oversize battery really spins it over but gotta go. Need correct battery which I have not picked up yet. Will be a WalMart battery. I've always had good luck with these batteries.
    Last edited by gabby_in_wis; 12-31-2019 at 08:24 PM.
    Currently in my garages/sheds: 1967 JD112 RF ... 1972 JD 112 SF ... 1973 140 H3 ... 1977 JD 300 ... 1979 JD 216
    1979 JD 314 ... 1979 JD 317K ... 1986 JD 318 ... 2004 JD X485 ... 2011 JD TX Gator ... 2012 JD X720 ... 19XX Zennoh 7001B
    2003 HD Heritage Softail

    Deerely Departed : 1965 JD 110 ... 1967 JD 110 ... 1978 JD 316K ... 1987 JD 175 ... 1987 JD 185 ... 1987 JD 332 w/ 44 loader
    1990 JD 318 ... 2007 JD X300 ... 2015 Z930M ZTR ... 19XX MF 7 ... 1970 Harley FLH ... 1979 Harley Superglide

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    Following along. It’ll be interesting to see a tally of your repairs
    Running:
    ‘73 140 H1, ‘75 214, ‘79 JD 317 Onan P218G, JD F935, 19xx Wheel Horse D250 550 Arc FEL ARPS Box blade

    Not Running:
    ‘69 JD 140 H3, ‘75 JD 300, ‘79 JD 317 Kohler KT17QS II, ‘83 JD 420, late ‘80’s JD 316, ‘90 JD 316,

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    2x 300 series 3PH, Johnson Workhorse 12, Gannon Earthcavator 32”, 2x JD 54” 4way blade, 2x JD 33 Tiller + 8" Extension, JD 38” Brass tag mower deck, JD 48” mower deck, JD #30 Hydro Tiller, Disks, Plow, ARPS Angling Backblade

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    Right now with axle seal I am a few cents over $880 for tractor and parts. Still need battery, probably some paint, and maybe some decals. Decals are expensive so I am trying to tape over decals to save them. Hope to keep cost under $1000 for tractor and parts.

    I have an H3 valve and levers I think are off a 420 that would be nice on the 318. Don't remember where I got them but should put them on now while I have tractor apart.

    • I would also like to install Ruegg 3PH. There is another $550.
    • Ag tires would be nice. I have a set of 23x10.5-12's over in storage but then I would lose the rimguard filled turfs which are better in snow than the Ag's.
    • I also have a set of V61's on fresh power coat rims over in storage. I think they are metric bearing rims from 332 I just sold.
    • Saving the Ag's and V61's for the 140 project but it is already H3 so could use the components on the 318.
    • I have racks full of options I could add like front quick hitch. I have all the attachments for the quick hitch. Could be fun playing with those.
    • For right now though it will get a model 49 and be my winter machine. If we have a winter.

    Gabby
    Currently in my garages/sheds: 1967 JD112 RF ... 1972 JD 112 SF ... 1973 140 H3 ... 1977 JD 300 ... 1979 JD 216
    1979 JD 314 ... 1979 JD 317K ... 1986 JD 318 ... 2004 JD X485 ... 2011 JD TX Gator ... 2012 JD X720 ... 19XX Zennoh 7001B
    2003 HD Heritage Softail

    Deerely Departed : 1965 JD 110 ... 1967 JD 110 ... 1978 JD 316K ... 1987 JD 175 ... 1987 JD 185 ... 1987 JD 332 w/ 44 loader
    1990 JD 318 ... 2007 JD X300 ... 2015 Z930M ZTR ... 19XX MF 7 ... 1970 Harley FLH ... 1979 Harley Superglide

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    This is what the front wheels looked like when I brought the tractor home.

    I clean these by breaking the bead on both sides so I can stuff newspaper between tire and rim.
    • Rims get sanded with coarse steel wool then with a finer grade.
    • They are then wiped down with paint cleaner.
    • First is a coat of primer ... then 2 coats of John Deere yellow.
    • I only use John Deere spray paint.
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    Currently in my garages/sheds: 1967 JD112 RF ... 1972 JD 112 SF ... 1973 140 H3 ... 1977 JD 300 ... 1979 JD 216
    1979 JD 314 ... 1979 JD 317K ... 1986 JD 318 ... 2004 JD X485 ... 2011 JD TX Gator ... 2012 JD X720 ... 19XX Zennoh 7001B
    2003 HD Heritage Softail

    Deerely Departed : 1965 JD 110 ... 1967 JD 110 ... 1978 JD 316K ... 1987 JD 175 ... 1987 JD 185 ... 1987 JD 332 w/ 44 loader
    1990 JD 318 ... 2007 JD X300 ... 2015 Z930M ZTR ... 19XX MF 7 ... 1970 Harley FLH ... 1979 Harley Superglide

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    Gabby, a trick I use for painting wheels is to use an old t-shirt. Put shirt over tire and slide the wheel through the neck. It’s quick and reusable.
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    Thanks Nate. I'll give that a try. Right now I don't think I have a T-shirt in my rag box.

    I think I will dig out the H3 valve and levers to see if they can be installed without a lot of work. One of these days it's going to snow here and will need the tractor for snow duty ... Gabby
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    Making good progress and with the winter we have had so far in wi you should be done in time to use for winter!

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    When I pick up parts on order at dealer I think I will order axle seal. That and I need to pick up battery. Except for paint and decals I should have everything to finish the job unless I get carried away. When tractor is apart is the time to look at installing H3. Wheels, 3PH, and attachments can be added at anytime.
    Currently in my garages/sheds: 1967 JD112 RF ... 1972 JD 112 SF ... 1973 140 H3 ... 1977 JD 300 ... 1979 JD 216
    1979 JD 314 ... 1979 JD 317K ... 1986 JD 318 ... 2004 JD X485 ... 2011 JD TX Gator ... 2012 JD X720 ... 19XX Zennoh 7001B
    2003 HD Heritage Softail

    Deerely Departed : 1965 JD 110 ... 1967 JD 110 ... 1978 JD 316K ... 1987 JD 175 ... 1987 JD 185 ... 1987 JD 332 w/ 44 loader
    1990 JD 318 ... 2007 JD X300 ... 2015 Z930M ZTR ... 19XX MF 7 ... 1970 Harley FLH ... 1979 Harley Superglide

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