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Posted July 02, 2012 - 08:59 PM

I just recently acquired a 112. I was wondering before I start tearing it down for repaint, could someone give me a rundown on the ignition system. It has a auto type coil on the side. I haven't taken anything apart but have not spark. I was hoping to get it running before I start dismantling. And also will the 200 series blade fit with the electric lift. One more, what hoods and grilles will fit on the front. I really like the 110 with no lights or maybe a 200 series front. Thanks in advance.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 09:05 PM

If it has the automotive type coil on it the first thing i would do is take some emery cloth or sandpaper and file the points.If they are burnt or coroded you'll lose spark.Then go from there.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 09:07 PM

The hoods are all the same on the 100 series tractors, 110-140. It's up to you if you have a bezel with headlights or not. More then likely it originally had headlights being it's a electric lift. The 200 series front blade along with all the 200 series attachments will work on your 112.

Can you post some pictures? I would check and clean the points, I bet that's why you don't have fire.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 09:25 PM

Texas, its the 112 in the Garden Tractor Forum that I traded a trombone for lol. I haven't really touched it yet. I figured if I have no grille and a broken hood may as well put the front I like the most on it. I didn't know if having the electric lift made a difference on attachments. I plan on putting a 3 pt. I have in my shed on. Is there any way to attach some linkage to the lift for the 3 pt. also? Or do I need to fab something up myself? I appreciate the help. I'm catching myself kinda rushing thru this hitch for my Springfield just so I can get into this Deere lol. I'm ready to change some terrain with it lol. I will post a pic after its bath tomorrow. Thanks again.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 09:40 PM

Sorry, I didn't make the connection. It's your tractor, you can do what you like. Deere didn't make a 3Pt for the 100 Series gear drive tractors, but I have seen a couple fab'ed up and looked nice.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:40 PM

Hmm...would the electric lift work with a sleeve hitch? I'm sure there are some JD purists flipping their tops with the thought of a different front end on this tractor lol.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:47 PM

Sleeve hitch's were made for the 110-112 and yes the electric lift will handle the hitch.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:54 PM

Really appreciate the help and advice.
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Posted July 03, 2012 - 08:32 PM

Well the 112 gotta bath along with my kids who helped. I think they got more water than the tractor. Got the deck off. Planning on rebuilding and painting it also. The clutch and brake pedals are tough to move. They are gonna need some work. Also the Variable Drive only moves about halfway. Any tips or tricks on either of those? I am thinking of just trying to fix the break in the hood instead of replacing it. I still need a grill though. I know all 100 series grilles will fit. Does that include the round fender varieties?

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 08:53 PM

Just answered my own question (i think) about the grills. I need the flex grill from what i see. Is this correct?

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 09:32 PM

You should not move the variator without the tractor running.

As for the grill... a grill from a 110/112/140 of the same time period will work on the tractor. I don't recall when the change took place. I do know my 1971 120 is different than your machine. A grill from a RF will NOT work.

I bought some spray graphite (in alcohol suspension) from Napa and lubed up the variator on my 110 per my dad's suggestion. Works great.
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Posted July 03, 2012 - 10:34 PM

Yeah after looking at the grills it kind of explained it for me lol. I am going to remove the sheet metal (fender pan included) tomorrow. I figure it'll give me a real good look at everything tomorrow. Also removing the wheels and rear hitch plate. I'm assuming the knob on the back is adjustment for the rear lift. Its froze along with the mower deck knob. Got some work ahead of me. This thing sat under a tree for an unknown amount of time. Any recommended places to get bearings for the deck from? Oh and could someone please post a pic of a hood open so Ican see what all I'm missing from the hinge? Thanks for the advice.

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 11:40 PM

You can get the bearings from any bearing house for a whole lot less the Deere or E-bay. There should be a set of hinges that bolt to the hood.
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Posted July 03, 2012 - 11:49 PM

Well the hood has pins that fit in the sides but nothing else to hold it. I know there has to be some arms to limit and support the travel.

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Posted July 10, 2012 - 08:54 PM

Dropped82.. Thats it.. There are no arms. I have a 74 112 electric lift. Sounds like you have the whole hinge..
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