Thanks Guys. I knew you wouldn't steer me in the wrong direction. I guess you all are right. Making this idea a full time business just wouldn't work out, as the demand might not be there. I'm reconsidering my idea, but not giving up on my dream. Some day it will happen, but for now, I'll just put it on the back burner and let it simmer some more.
As for the question of me ever doing restorations before for people, yes, I have. To date, I've done a total of nine for other people, and on each one, I was able to either break even or walk away with a little commission. Granted it wasn't a lot of commission, at least not enough to get rich on, but at least some kind of profit.
I know I didn't go into a whole lot of detail about my dream earlier, but my dream wouldn't be just restoring garden tractors. I'd like to have a store front shop in a little town, say here in Lititz, and make it up inside and out like an old time country store or small dealership. Hang the old John Deere sign out above the entrance door, place two or three restored garden tractors in the display windows, and decorate the inside with my old John Deere advertisement, oil cans, pedal tractors, farm toys, accessory displays, etc. Have various round fender John Deere's and attachments sitting around the showroom, and a big wooden parts counter at the back of the showroom where I'd carry hard to find miscellaneous parts, reproduction parts, decal kits, batteries and tires. Try and find one of those old brass cash registers, hang the cow bell above the entrance door so that I know when someone walks in, old wooden plank flooring, and a shelf going around the room at ceiling height, lined with all of the 1950's through 1970's John Deere farm toys. Make it just like an old Mom and Pop repair and retail store. That's my dream!
I would want to make sure I hook up with other people as far as suppliers, such as Hapco, Joe's Outdoor Power, and others, as I would like to carry some of the new reproduction stuff, along with the hard to find stuff, to keep on supply the parts that I would need to finish a restoration, but to also help out others if they are needing parts. I'd try and hook up with say Miller Tire, so that I could keep an inventory of tires on hand, maybe work out a deal with the local speed shop to help me with building motors if need be, and have an account at the local John Deere dealership to keep me supplied with parts that are readily available. I'm already an ebay member, so looking for good parts tractors wouldn't be an issue there, as that is what I do now. I know I couldn't or wouldn't want to do this alone without having some people or help in my back pocket, but it is something that I have planned out, for a very long time.
You all gave me great advice, and a lot to chew on and think about. I guess I'll just take your advice, and finish with my working years, and look forward to making this dream come true after I retire. After all, I only have twenty more years to wait until that day comes! I've waited this long, so I guess I can wait a little more.
Thanks again guys. I appreciate all of you!