I bought this tractor brand new, I ordered it in Oct of 1977 with 3pt hitch which I am restoring as you are reading this.This was a 2 yr major to complete from nose to tail.Everything is either reconditioned to new,or it has brand new, all paint is powder coat or epoxy.Phil Barr - Clinton, Michigan
Very nice work on that 316. I have a 300 I have been working on that I can only hope will look half as good as your tractor. It has been split in half for a year now as I work on replacing parts.
The 316s were the only tractor with 2 separate production runs. The early 316s were only produced for 1 year and then the 317 took their place. Your 316 was actually a production of its own that used the previous 316 designation.
The 316s were the only tractor with 2 separate production runs. The early 316s were only produced for 1 year and then the 317 took their place. Your 316 was actually a production of its own that used the previous 316 designation."
I see that the later production 316's were made from 1984-1992. The one I restored was a 1991 and had the P-218 Onan engine in it, and it was an Open frame Tractor the same as my 1983 John Deere 318 is. Prior to that being from 1984-1986 or so did they still have the Kohler single cylinder 16 Horse power engine in them as a closed Frame Tractor ? or did they have the b-43-G engine in them with the Open frame design before Deere started using the P-218 Onan engine's ? Regards, Kurt
Kurt, the 316 kohler was only made In 1978, it replaced the original 300 to make room for a base model the 312. it was replaced by the 317, and then the 318, with the open frame. That was the deluxe hydrostatic. For the base hydro they went 312 becomes 314, then the 314 was replaced by the 316 onan also open frame. The base models were all h1 with single brakes. Yes the 316 onan had a b series engine originally. I think it was a b43e?
Nice job Phil. I would expect nothing less than perfection from you after seeing how you build your vintage racing snowmobiles. I bought a 1987 JD316 last week that I have already started tearing down for a functional/mechanical inspection and rebuild as needed to use at our new cottage up in Lewiston. It has 877 hrs on it and both cylinders are at 120psi which is good. Will spend the winter going through everything on it before heading north in the spring. Checked the compression on my 1990 318 that I bought new and with 1200 hours its at 117/124. I guess changing the oil every 35 hrs has paid off. Clay Stroup
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