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#1 OldBlue120 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 20, 2013 - 10:48 PM

Well I have a short story to tell. We have had a Ford 100 and a Ford 120 in the family since 1973 I believe. I have a picture of me riding on my Grampa's lap on it in New York in 1975 when I was 3. Then the tractors came to Maine and have been in my Dads possession ever since, until today. My Dad died back in January and these two tractors have been down in his barn and so I went down to the homestead today and looked over the lot. I brought the Ford 120 home on a trailer with the snow blower which was still attached. I threw in the mower deck but I know it doesn't work. My Dad was a mechanical genius and if he couldn't fix it I doubt I can but I'll look it over and see if I can figure out what it needs.
There is a plow and another snow blower, a pile of parts and junk and the Ford 100 which hasn't been running in awhile and my Dad was taking parts off it. I have no idea when the 120 was last running but I have a picture of me & my Dad and my son on it in 2004 and it ran great then.
So I plan on fixing it up and making it look good and run good and I am sure I'll be on here ALOT asking all kinds of dumb questions. There is 1000 times more sentimental value to this thing than anything.
I'm looking forward to it. I started a blog to document the journey. Here it is:

Look forward to the fun dialogue.

Me on Old Blue, 1977 image.jpg

Grandpa, me and Old Blue, 1975. image.jpg

Patrick, Old Blue and I, 2004. image.jpg

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Posted November 20, 2013 - 10:56 PM

Sounds like a nice sentimental journey. Thanks for sharing it and :welcome: to GTTalk

Ps. Would you mind if I added some of the pics from the blog to your post? It's great that you have those photos to go with your memories.
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Posted November 20, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Sure if you want to post some. I was going to post some pictures of the tractor here soon as I start to get into it. Feel free if you think that would be helpful. I'm looking forward to the project.

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 12:32 AM

Hello and welcome! Thanks for sharing :wave:  :thumbs:

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 01:19 AM

Sorry about your loss & thanks for sharing your story. Looking forward to watching & remember the only dumb questions are the ones never asked.

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 06:11 AM

Welcome! Looking forward to seeing more pics of Old Blue! It's good you plan to get it going again! Here's a couple manuals for you.

Attached File  FordLGT 100 120 125 145 165 195 service manual.pdf   41.91MB   87 downloads

Attached File  Ford1972-Newer100120125145165195PartsList.pdf   4.55MB   270 downloads

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 06:16 AM

Great to hear your family's tractor will be staying with you and hope it's one to pass down to your son some day , Oh yea " Welcome to GTTalk !"

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 07:21 AM

Welcome to the forum!  There's no better reason to fix up a tractor than what you have.  :thumbs:


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Posted November 21, 2013 - 08:49 AM

Welcome to GTT. You will find that your Grandpas' tractor is high quality and more fun. Once you really get into it, I expect you will want to restore the 100 for Patrick by the time he is old enough to drive it. He will be thrilled with father and son tractors. When my son was little, he was very thrilled with his. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 11:37 AM

Thanks for sharing. Shows how fast time goes. I would say that Old Blue's value is.........Priceless!

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 01:09 PM

That tractor look's priceless to me, good luck on your restoration and I look forward to seeing pics of your progress, thank's

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 01:10 PM

Welcome.  Those are some great memories in those photographs.  I'm sure you will cherish old blue and have it back in shape soon.  Just hang around here more and you will get the bug bad.  Glad you joined.

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 02:10 PM

Welcome to GTTalk!  Looking forward to your progress, I'm glad to see the history you share about this machine!

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 05:23 PM

welcome to GT Talk, good luck with the restoration . Hope many more memories to go with the ones you already have. Tom

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Posted November 21, 2013 - 10:04 PM

Today I did some cleaning up of the tractor. A new battery was purchased and I am working on a new battery mounting system. I went over the whole tractor with the air compressor cleaning it up. Then I drained the engine oil out of it and I replaced the spark plug after I found my ratchet. I bought a new air filter and oil of course. I plan on replacing the fuel line and the gas tank. I have a spare gas tank from the Ford 100 which is in much better shape, but the one on it is in ok shape itself. The fuel line is very old however. I shot WD40 in all the nuts and bolts I saw and I think I may be replacing all the belts as well. They look a little worse for wear. A good start to it as I only had about an hour to work on it today. I have my owners manual coming and I found a CD on ebay which has every diagram and manual that exists for the Ford 120. So one step at a time. I wish I could figure out how to post a picture on here. There are updated pictures of Old Blue today on my blog: http://oldblueford120.wordpress.com/

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