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what's the difference between a 154 and a 185

Postby dennnis79 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:28 am

I've been working on what I though was a 154, but after doing some searching here, I'm not positive it is a 154.

To start off with the ID plate has been sanded so I cant tell what it used to be. It also has a zenith carb and from the paint marking, it could be original. And lastly, the air cleaner, or lack of the top half, looks like it's different from some of the 154 pictures I've been able to locate.


I can post some pics if it would help.


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Postby Peter Person » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:38 am

Dennis,
Pictures are worth a thousand words.
Please do post whatever pictures you may have.
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Postby dennnis79 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:39 am

And if it helps, I found a casting date of 10-28-P on the engine. I think that makes the casting a 1971, but my math could be off a bit.
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Postby Lance Leitzel » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:40 am

There are two different air cleaners on a 154 depending on the age of it.
Does it look like either one of these?

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Postby dennnis79 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:45 am

Yup. It looks like the top one, only the upper half is missing and has been replace by a coffee can with a few nail holes poked in it. :shock:
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Postby Rick Prentice » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:49 am

Dennis. with the "P' code on the engine, I'd say it's a '69 154
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Postby Rick Prentice » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:53 am

maybe an early 70 with the 10th month. Does it have the narrow back tires and just 1 brake pedal?
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Postby dennnis79 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:58 am

it's got a single brake pedal and the fat 13.6-16 tires.
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Postby Lance Leitzel » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:00 am

Dennis - That's pretty funny. I currently have one have one of each of the air cleaner assemblies, I've been trying to figure out which one I want to use on my 154. Mine's later 1974, so I should use the other style, except the darn air filters are $20's more. :roll:
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Postby Jim Becker » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:00 am

Can you still read the stamped number in the ID plate or is all of it wiped out? 185 numbers started at 37,001.
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Postby Trent M » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:19 am

I'll say 31. I know, I know ... hardy har har. :lol: :roll: :roll:
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Postby dennnis79 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:02 am

Jim - I thought it had been wiped out pretty well, but I went back out and used the super macro on the camera and was able to see some numbers stamped near the bottom of the plate. The ones I could make out are 015563.

Lance - $20 more than what :shock: ! Either way, I'm gonna need to fix the coffee can thing, so I'm looing for a replacement. I'm not really concerned if it is correct or not.

Trent - :lol: :lol: :lol: - That's the humor that my pop would bring. Thanks!

I'll have some pictures available as soon as the server gets it's act together and allows FTP again.

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Postby Lance Leitzel » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:19 am

Hi Dennis, I think the old one is around $35 with newer style is something like $55. Personally, they both seem a bit spendy to me.
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Postby Jim Becker » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:26 am

dennnis79 wrote:Jim - I thought it had been wiped out pretty well, but I went back out and used the super macro on the camera and was able to see some numbers stamped near the bottom of the plate. The ones I could make out are 015563.


That makes sense as a serial number. The 154 serial numbers for 1970 were 15502 - 20331. 15563 would be one of the very earliest 1970 tractors. A casting date from 10/69 would be about right.
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Postby Trent M » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:29 am

Wow, that is an early 154. Does anyone know of an earlier one?

BTW, Jim's 5000th post just above. :applause: As informative as all the others.
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