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PostSubject: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 02 Mar 2009, 8:27 pm

Here are a few pics of what started out as a 502 with a pull start 6 h.p. Tecumseh. These pics are after I installed a Kohler with electric start and before it was torn down for a complete restoration. Don't let the pictures fool you, it was a real mess when I brought it home. Someone decided to paint it with a brush. The tractor is all redone right now except for a seat. Terry Dennis from Illinois made all the decals for it and I would recommend him to anybody. The pictures of the complete makeover will be coming soon. I promised Duke he would be the first one to see them.

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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 02 Mar 2009, 8:46 pm

so do wh's have a plate to identify what they were and if so did u replace the plate to make it a diff model or u just make a suto one
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 02 Mar 2009, 9:07 pm

Looks pretty sharp. Was their anything wrong with the teccy or did you just feel like upgrading?
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 02 Mar 2009, 9:31 pm

That tractor is a 1962. In 1962 they made 3 different models, a 502 which had a pull start 5.5 h.p. Lauson engine, a 552 which had a 5.5 h.p. Lauson with electric start, and a 702 which had a 7 h.p.Kohler with electric start. All chassis and sheet metal were identical on the three. The serial number was located on the gear shift pattern decal which I had reproduced with the same numbers. On the belt guard decal I had it changed from 502 to 702. Nothing was wrong with the Teccy it was just a upgrade and I didn't like the pull start. I hope I answered all your questions. These numbers are gettin real confusing.
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 02 Mar 2009, 9:38 pm

numbers are always confusing lol! but thanks for the info i learned something new today
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 02 Mar 2009, 9:43 pm

Yea im not a big fan of the pull start either. They are ok when the recoil works good, and the engine starts on the first or second pull. After that it gets real old FAST lol!
Electric is good right up till the battery dies lol!
Id say the best is having both, but hey beggars cant be choosers lol!
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 02 Mar 2009, 9:55 pm

My Suburban 550 has the best of both. An electric start with a pull start backup.
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 02 Mar 2009, 9:58 pm

Thats what id like to have on the ole murray, but cant really justify putting any money besides gas and oil into it right now. Ill just put up with the crappy recoil for now i guess until i happen across a better one. Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Tue 03 Mar 2009, 12:36 am

Nathan Werneburg wrote:
so do wh's have a plate to identify what they were and if so did u replace the plate to make it a diff model or u just make a suto one

Nathan Ray's tractor will have new decals and will have a decal on right side that looks like this. In the 60's WH models went by numbers, 702 7 denotes hp 0 denotes pull start 2 denotes 1962 now on this tractor its real confusing it should be a 752 the center number 5 means electric start but for some reason WH kept it 702 instead of 752. It gets confusing! Evil or Very Mad

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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Tue 03 Mar 2009, 12:50 am

and now i know if i ever come upon a wh for sale i have somewhat of a clue on the older ones now thanks guys
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 09 Mar 2009, 8:27 pm

Well guys I hope ole Duke sees these pictures on his e-mail first before he sees them here. I promised him he would be the first to see them. The tractor is refinished with basecoat/ clearcoat and looks better than the pictures show. Still needs the square pan seat and a battery yet.




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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Mon 09 Mar 2009, 8:44 pm

WOW nice job. they certainly look like solid machines.
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Tue 10 Mar 2009, 7:24 pm

Just outta curiousity, is that in the house???
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Tue 10 Mar 2009, 8:38 pm

Good eye Johnny, yes it's in a house but not the one I live in. I was fortunate when I bought the house I live in, the one next door came with the deal. I do all the assembly work there and store the two trailer queens in there. A nice warm place to work and storage for them on the cold winter days.
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Tue 10 Mar 2009, 9:56 pm

Hmm kinda reminds me of buzz and his tractor house lol!
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Tue 10 Mar 2009, 10:59 pm

Great looking tractor, as always. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My 702 before the Restoration   Wed 11 Mar 2009, 8:10 am

Thanks guys, appreciate the compliments. Should be ready for the Wheel Horse Show in June.
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