First let me say that I've been lurking here for some time now, a recent project finally made me sign up.
This will be my first post here.
About a week ago a buddy of mine decided to clean house, he's moving south and dumping anything too hard to move long distance.
Lucky for me that means his nearly completely disassembled John Deere 112 is now mine.
The state of its condition now is 5 milk crates, two beer boxes and a trans, pair of tires, dash tower and frame that rolls like a hand truck. The motor is a Kohler 10hp. The tractor ran fine when it was torn down, it just looked bad. He was still cutting his grass with it, at least until a spring broke underneath. At that point he decided to give it new life, he ordered the new springs, new deck spindles, new belts, four new tires, and a gallon of green and gallon of yellow paint. He also hunted down a new hood online plus a complete decal package. The transaxle was also ordered as a remanufactured unit, it too looks brand new. There's a stack of receipts for this thing.
Everything should be here, time will tell.
My goal is to make it moveable ASAP, it needs to get on four wheels with all the underneath work done first. The motor ran, but hasn't run in 10 years, or more. He tore this appart about 20 years ago.
The serial number if that helps is 154777M, with a 2316 transaxle, and a K241 engine. He told me its a 1969 model.
I also saw a few of these with a front end loader on them, to me having a loader would make it worth having, I don't cut grass, and it likely won't ever have a deck under it again. I'd also like to see some sort of rear hitch for garden work.
I also have bits and pieces of other machines here, other models, which I think he planned to use those parts to do various upgrades with. He's got a new front axle with sealed bearings, its marked 212, its painted, has two new rims and tires with it, and its all wrapped up. All I'll need to buy is a battery and gas the way it looks.
First off, will the 212 axle fit the 112?
Second, what loader am I looking for or will anything fit?
He told me there's one for sale somewhere here but its from a 140, will that work?
Once i get all the bits together I'll snap a few pics. The thing is pretty dusty now, the wheels, fender pan, hood, and engine side cover are painted and look new, the frame and engine are not yet painted and the deck is in primer spots over faded yellow paint right now.
The engine is matte black, should it be black or green?