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Posted June 24, 2012 - 08:36 PM

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I'm finally getting around to taking and posting pics of my 68 140.I bought it about 3 months ago.It was part of a package deal i found for my dad.This was the parts tractor.The p.o used this h1 until he got a 68 h3.Instead of selling it he thought he would use this one as parts.It needs a starter,head lights, tail lights,a coil,and the seat is not the best either.I brought it to my house last weekend so i could start working on it.I'll keep you posted on updates.
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 08:39 PM

Not too bad looking 68, are you going to restore it?
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 08:51 PM

Thats what i'm thinking about.The fender pan is missing paint and is rusting.I'm definately going to sand blast and paint that.I'll probably end up tearing into it and doing a restoration.
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 08:52 PM

Looks pretty good to me. Things I noticed at a quick glance:
- Engine is green (original tin?)
- Not a side tag so it is a later production machine
- Headlight surround looks pretty good to me
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 09:16 PM

- I just remembered tag is below steering wheel on dash tower
- The headlight bezel is in nice shape just no bulbs in it.
- The engine is green.The kohler tag on the side has over spray on it so it was repainted.Why? i don't know.

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 09:21 PM

Does the engine say it's a K301 or K321?

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 09:25 PM

I was told it was a 12 horse so i'm guesing k301.I'll check tomorrow.
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Posted June 25, 2012 - 04:47 AM

Congrats on the 140! You can get really nice LED tail lights for those at a trailer supply outlet. They aren't expensive and fit perfectly. I put a set of them on my 314 and they are quite bright and use way less power.
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Posted June 25, 2012 - 05:54 AM

Nice 140. Good luck getting it like you want!
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Posted June 25, 2012 - 06:19 AM

Here are some thoughts for you about the engine color - The later Kohler long blocks (complete engine with tins installed) were painted black. If it has green tins then I would expect them to be original to the tractor unless someone painted the black tins green. The green engine is the correct color for your tractor but black is correct for later tractors (both green and custom color/patios). Since it is a '68 a K301 (same engine used in the 120 FWIW) is also correct for it.

I believe a larger Kohler will bolt in if that matters. There is a member on WFM that put a 16HP K341 in his 140 with minimal modification.

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For the 1968 model year, Deere took on all comers with the all new model 140. Marketed to commercial users, truck farmers, nurserymen, and estate owners, it had the power and features to take on many tasks formerly relegated to larger equipment. Advertising of the day stated that the 140 could be purchased for roughly the same amount as "5-weeks wages of one good handyman". Based on an all-new design, the 1968 140 incorporated several new design features as standard never before used on a Deere Garden tractor:

  • Twelve horsepower, air cooled, Kohler model K301AS cast iron engine with Bendix style starter
  • Sundstrand hydrostatic transmission, unlimited forward speed to 6 > mph
  • Hydraulic attachment lift, with three spools optional (H3)
  • Quick -Tach style mounting of attachments
  • Electromagnetic PTO clutch for front and center mounted attachments.
  • 1 > gallon fuel tank with gauge
  • High back deeply cushioned seat adjustable for height and reach
  • Live rear power take off, used to operate the #33 tiller.
Introduced as a 12-horse model featuring the Kohler K310AS powerplant with a Bendix style starter, the 140 benefited from a hydrostatic transmission, allowing a seamless transition from forward to reverse travel, as well as static braking. A single large lever on the right side of the pedestal controlled this. The transmission was directly coupled to the engine via a steel driveshaft. A cone style clutch was provided to disconnect the engine from the transmission to aid in cold weather starting. For the 68 model year, this clutch was actuated by a single pedal on the left side of the tractor, which also applied the brakes. No provision was made to force the hydro lever back into the neutral position.
The hydrostatic transmission also afforded a new feature formerly only found on large farm tractors; hydraulic lift. The charge pump on the transmission fed a single spool valve on all models. The H3 models used the power beyond output of the single valve to supply pressurized oil to a separate two spool valve. The three levers on the left side of the pedestal were closely spaced to allow them to be "palmed". Pioneer style couplers were utilized on the front of the tractor to control attachments and an optional rear set of outlets powered a Category "0" three point hitch or other rear attachments. Deere advertised the ability to use multiple integral attachments at the same time, something the other manufacturers could not accommodate. The option of a front blade in conjunction with a rear mounted tiller was a popular choice.


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Posted June 25, 2012 - 08:31 AM

Congratulations on your new 140!
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Posted June 25, 2012 - 06:30 PM

Congrats on the 140 I love mine and haven't even done anything but work on it.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 07:41 PM

Does the engine say it's a K301 or K321?

I checked the engine tin tonight and it is a k301.
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Posted June 25, 2012 - 07:47 PM

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Well here are some more pictures i took earlier tonight.I decided to start tearing it apart to restore.I pulled the fender pan and it needs the rubber bushings.Battery tray has no colar left on it so i pulled that off and thought i'm this far might as well restore it.
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Posted June 25, 2012 - 07:56 PM

I forgot to mention that you need to take care of the 3 Good Year tires, they are original to that year/model tractor. I would try to find another front to match. Very nice tractor to restore. Check with our site sponsors and maybe then ebay for the front hydraulic outlets and also the guard that was only used on the 68.
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