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#1 Tennblue59 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 07:16 PM

Took my Bobcat skidsteer over to help a friend with a few projects. While the work was free as far as I was concerned (he is a good friend), he knew I was interested in older LG tractors and gave me this Ford as payment for helping him. Also brought home 3 engines as well!

This is my first Ford, most of the "herd" are green, so I don't know my Ford models. Can somebody look at the pictures and help me out please?

He was not the original owner - he thought it was from the 60's, but not sure. Original engine (which I have) is a kohler 16hp side shaft. Its a hydrostatic, with 2 speed ranges. Looks like deck is hydraulic lift, but has manual lift as well? Two guages on top of column - ammeter and a hour meter.

Only numbers I could find are on the engine sump - welded part onto the frame "205270 I IF D1". Not sure about the first 0, could be an eight.....

Decals are missing from the hood, but the metal is in good shape with just a little surface rust.

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 07:42 PM

Great score, don't know much about them other than that I like them. Hope you do well with it.

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 07:51 PM

Looks to be a '72-'76 LGT 165, but I've been wrong before.

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 07:58 PM

Im not keen on ford models, just wanted to congratulate you on a good GT!

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 08:17 PM

Looks to be a '72-'76 LGT 165, but I've been wrong before.

I think you are right Kenny. :thumbs:

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 08:21 PM

Is there a "scheme" to ford's numbering of models?

Based on Kenny P's answer (thank you by the way!)

LGT - light garden tractor (I'm guessing here...)

16 - horse power

5 - ???? hydrostatic?

Or am I putting too much into it?

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 08:26 PM

I am going out on a limb here, but based on what I see, with the motor being bolted in, tube frame and the rest of the similarities I'd say it is a 'spittin image' of my 1975 165...whaddya think?


mine didn't have the original seat so that part is up in the air but the rest is remarkably similar

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 08:41 PM

yes that is a ford 165.The seat is a original ford seat.take care of the grill you can get them any more.

Edited by josh deaven, February 28, 2012 - 08:42 PM.


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Posted February 28, 2012 - 08:57 PM

If it has a quadrant for manual decklift and a 1-1/2 gallon fuel tank(165 had a 2 or 3 gal. Tank) , it should be a 125 , as the 145 and 165's all had hydraulic deck lift. Also if the choke is a pull out action its newer than 73.

They are easy peasy to up grade the Hydraulics on the 125s and were an option. I also see it has the sleeve hitch as well , and the grill looks pretty good too. These are great tractors and had a ton of impliments that could have been had for extra$$$ . Check your steering box, as this model had a very long pitman ARM on it, and it put stress on the box innards if they were not greased proper.
Also the 165 had an ajustble seat , were the others had wing nuts and different holes in the seat tool box.
One way to tell if it was a 125 frame is the lift shaft for the deck will have a spot with 2 bolt holes for the handle and a slot for the quadrant lock.

Edited by skyrydr2, February 28, 2012 - 09:09 PM.


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Posted February 28, 2012 - 09:22 PM

Keith, I see now the oil pan is 'welded' in didn't realize that you could make the pics bigger! I do see the fuel cell is smaller, When did they go to this seat? My 74 has the 'one piece' design...although this one would be easier to 'cover', I am not sure I see the 'manual lift' and what about the hitch on the rear? is that manual lift too? Are those the original front tires?

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 09:27 PM

That is a 165 ford it has the big a gas tank.That was only on the 165.Plus it has a deep oil pan.Nutcase the seat you have on your tractor was probly replaced.

Edited by josh deaven, February 28, 2012 - 09:29 PM.


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Posted February 28, 2012 - 09:27 PM

Jim, look at your frame on the 165 that engine should be welded in just like the other one, seems it has been modified ! The oilpans also mounts the front axle, so with out this, someone had to make up an axle mount.
Also noticed that the welded in versions hold a bit more oil than the mounted rigs. Not that it matters much, other that a dipstick swap might give issues?

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 09:28 PM

I don't know anything at all about the Ford's, but I wanted to say congrats on a great score! You've gotta love it when they come in kit form like that!

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 09:34 PM

LOL, that seat , 2 piece cushion one is the correct seat for them. I need to find one for my 125.. Front tires could be original, they could be had with smooth ribbed jobs, or turf ones.

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 09:38 PM

Oops, missed the hitch, that is a factory option and it is both manual and hydraulic, as it connects to the deck lift shaft.




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