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#1 Rickski OFFLINE  

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 08:24 PM

I know you guys like pictures, so those will come this weekend. The tractor is still sitting on the trailer. It's in pretty rough shape but has the potential I'm sure many of you will see under the layers of years outdoors. What I have now is that the Ford tag has s/n 53093 then the numbers 6771. The motor tag shows it as a K301, s/n D020827, spec 47238B. The "D" on the motor s/n might be something else. It was the only letter I had a tough time making out. It's suppose to run good, but hasn't been started in a couple years. The guy kept commenting on how strong the motor was. Turns freely by hand with compression. The hydro trans and rear end is suppose to be good. Guess I'll find out. The cast deck broke a few years ago. From what I can see, not lots of wear on the steering or the front spindles. Had to take off a front wheel and replace with one off a wheel barrel till I get a new tire. The machine comes off the trailer and goes under cover this weekend.

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 08:28 PM

I'll look forward to seeing what you got!

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 08:29 PM

I'll look forward to seeing what you got!


So will I.

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 08:46 PM

Always interested in seeing Fords.......

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 08:48 PM

Always interested in seeing Fords.......


:ditto:
Or any GT that's been "rescued". :D

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 09:00 PM

It will be nice to see pictures. Looking forward to the ford.

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 10:18 PM

I got her off the trailer and started the process of going through it. Troubleshot a faulty neutral switch, and got the starter working. Has a nice strong spark. Got into the carb and found that it was missing the float needle. I couldn't believe it, but whoever was into the carb last sealed the bowl with black goop. I have a feeling the neutral switch problem killing the spark was being troubleshot as a carb problem. Then I ended up with it. When I find a float needle, I think she will start. She is a little rough, but a cleaning and a coat of paint will do wonders.

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 10:33 PM

That should turn out to be a good tractor for you. Just a little paint and it will be a gem.

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Posted December 04, 2010 - 11:24 PM

It looks like someone thought they were handy with a can of black spray paint....:laughingteeth:

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Posted December 05, 2010 - 08:31 AM

That looks pretty good. Can't wait to see the "during" and "after" pics!

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Posted December 18, 2010 - 05:07 PM

I've made progress. Repaired the carb, and unstuck the intake valve. Runs really well. Just a touch of smoke on start and a tad more after she has been at idle for a while and give it the gas. I pulled the head to unstick the valve and the cylinder walls looked really good. Hydro works and she drives. After I do a bathroom remodel, I'll strip her down to the frame and start the restoration. Need to keep my eyes open for some new wheels, and a mower deck. Next winter the 120 gets the plow and the LGT125 gets the snowblower.

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Posted December 24, 2010 - 11:26 AM

Sounds like a great project. Can't wait to see the results.

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Posted December 24, 2010 - 02:51 PM

Picked up a gallon of Ford Blue at Tractor Supply today. I think that she will turn out well. I do have a mower deck that will fit. Ended up with a Jacobsen Chief with the cast aluminum deck. The deck will work on both the Ford and the Jacobsen. Mechanically, the Jacobsen is in great shape. Was owned by a Mechanic who turned Landscaper. He took very good care of his equipment. He parked it under cover a few years ago, and he must of done all the right things putting it away, because with a battery and a little gas, she started like she was only put away for a week.

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Posted December 25, 2010 - 03:49 AM

RICKSKI, D in front of eng ser no. means 1968. Letter designations went from A to E
, 65 to 69.

Great find of a great machine. Can't wait to see finished product, keep us posted.

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Posted December 25, 2010 - 08:23 AM

Doesn't look bad at all.I do like that style.




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