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#1 jtrojek OFFLINE  

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Posted November 20, 2013 - 05:32 PM

This is two blocks from my house. It looked like it had been sitting, so I stopped to ask him if he'd sell it. He said it was running, but that it needs a battery. He wants $500 for it. Is it worth $500? I'd be looking to sell it again. I don't know JDs, so I was wondering what all you could tell me about it. He said that it was just too big for his yard. I see the hood is beat up, and I was wondering why no independent brakes? Is there anything else that you can see is missing or broken? Is this worth picking up to sell, either running or part out?

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Posted November 20, 2013 - 06:06 PM

I say "YES!!!!"   A running 140 H3 is easily worth that.  This is why I would be interested in it...

 

From what I can tell it is a very early 1968 H3 and there are lots of unique things about it that make it collectable to me:

- unique steering wheel

- side tag (serial tag is located under lower edge of hood on right side of the battery)

- H3

- appears to be pretty original and still has 12HP motor

 

The lack of independent brakes is because it is a 1968.  I would be curious of the serial number...


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Posted November 20, 2013 - 06:22 PM

I say "YES!!!!"   A running 140 H3 is easily worth that.  This is why I would be interested in it...

 

From what I can tell it is a very early 1968 H3 and there are lots of unique things about it that make it collectable to me:

- unique steering wheel

- side tag (serial tag is located under lower edge of hood on right side of the battery)

- H3

- appears to be pretty original and still has 12HP motor

 

The lack of independent brakes is because it is a 1968.  I would be curious of the serial number...

I might be able to check for you tomorrow.  I'll swing by to see if I can get the serial number for you, although I can't promise it.  It's not advertised or anything.  I saw it and just knocked on his door.  Still, now that I asked, that may give him the push he needs to sell.  I know I likely have a little time, seeing as how it's not advertised, but I definitely don't want to let it go too long.  He won't be flexible on his price because he said he bought it for $500, and he'd just like to get his money back.



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Posted November 20, 2013 - 06:33 PM

I would grab it for $500 and feel fine with it but non-Deere fans might disagree.  Good luck!



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Posted November 20, 2013 - 07:21 PM

Yes!  That is a good deal.  I would  buy it.



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Posted November 20, 2013 - 10:53 PM

Grab a battery, verify it runs, and pay the man $500. With some elbow grease and a basic tune up, you can make some money there.



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Posted November 21, 2013 - 11:45 AM

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 06:37 PM

Thanks for all your help so far, everyone.  While I do like John Deere stuff, I don't collect John Deere, so I have a lot to learn, which is why I turned to the experts.  I'm into the older, more oddball stuff.  I'm hoping to pick this up to rescue it and resell it.  I just got back from swinging by his place with cash and a battery in hand, but no one was home.  I'll try again later, or tomorrow night.  I'll keep trying until I catch him at home.  Regardless, I did lift the serial number off of it while I was there.  It did indeed have a side tag.  As best as I could tell in the rain and in the dark, here's what it said: T0583, 002950M.  Does that make sense to you guys?  Does it tell me anything I should know?  Thanks for all your help so far; I can use all the help I can get.



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Posted November 21, 2013 - 07:36 PM

Model: 140
Typecode: T0583
Serial Number: 2950
Model Year: 1968
Engine Model and Size: K301 Kohler 12HP
Lift Type: Hydraulic 3 Lever
Paint: Green
Manufactured Location: Horicon, WI

 

WFM decodes the serial tag as the 2,950's tractor built in 1968 with the H3 hydraulic setup.  This is an early machine that a Deere collector would be interested in.  If I was closer I would be interested in it because of the early production serial and associated parts. While the side tag does not give additional "value" it does make it more collectable to some.  I have a side tag '68 110 that is the 263 tractor produced that I will be restoring.  

 

I and a few other Deere junkies will try to answer any questions you may have about Deere tractors.


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Posted November 21, 2013 - 09:14 PM

I just caught up with the current owner.  We fired the tractor up and it seemed to run alright, other than after it had run for a few seconds there was a spark from a wire behind the dash and then the motor cut out.  I'm guessing that some wire or other ground the motor out.  I can't imagine it's a really big deal, but of course, I can't be sure as I have very little experience with electric start stuff and batteries and what not as all of my stuff is either rope start or crank start.  Anyway, to me it was running, so that's great, so I think it's worth picking up.  I'm supposed to go back on Sunday afternoon to pay for it and drive it home, since it's only a few blocks away.  He said it wasn't going anywhere and that he'd see me Sunday.  I guess it needs to be running to move, doesn't it, or does it have a release to be able to push it, what with the hydro rear end and all? 

 

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 09:23 PM

sounds like your hot wire from the switch to the coil might be loose or broke.  Those motors require 12 volts to the coil to run.  with the battery unhooked and out of the way, check for loose wires at the back of the start switch. 

 

4 digit serial number is a early 140...sweet!

 

on my 140, there is a knob that is in the middle of the fender pan, under/ in front of the seat, that turns.  I think u turn clockwise to  release pressure to the hydro so that the tractor can roll when you push it or pull it with another tractor.  but my tractor is a 1974 model...a different hydro than the one u have.......


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Posted November 21, 2013 - 09:25 PM

There is a hydro release but I don't know what where or what it is on an early transaxle.



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Posted November 21, 2013 - 10:37 PM

I've always wanted the 140 h3, just because the 318 replaced it I believe.

And I think the 300 series attachments fit?

Good thing I didn't read that sooner, it's only 58mins from here. Lol ,

Think you got a good deal there.

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 10:51 PM

Hydro release is the knob under the seat, screw clockwise to release tranny.



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Posted November 21, 2013 - 10:58 PM

I've always wanted the 140 h3, just because the 318 replaced it I believe.

And I think the 300 series attachments fit?

Good thing I didn't read that sooner, it's only 58mins from here. Lol ,

Think you got a good deal there.

 

The same attachments fit the 120/140/300 series machines.  The common ones are the 54 Blade and 49 blower but a 43 blade from the square 110/112/200 series will work with some creative thinking.


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