I'll enter one of mine this month. I acquired this 1966 112H back in 2004 from a guy who builds all of my motors. He was a John Deere collector also at the time, but I never knew he had this tractor. I told him one day that I have all but one tractor, and then the collection would be complete. After I told him the 1966 112H was the only tractor needed yet, he told me he had something he wanted me to see. There and behold was this tractor. It was in really decent original shape, but the motor was removed as well as the hydraulic lift pump and cylinder. All of the tires were original and correct, and the tractor was complete.
We talked awhile and finally came up with a price. At first I thought I was nuts for paying him price, but after seeing what all came with the package, and realizing that this will complete the 11 piece round fender set, I quickly realized that I made out on a very good deal. Not only did the tractor come with it's original HH100 Tecumseh motor, but a second HH100 Tecumseh motor was added, as well as a box of miscellaneous new parts for restoring the tractor. Most parts aren't even available anymore.
This man and I became really good friends through the years, and now that my Father has married his sister, I guess in a way he has now become my step-uncle. Anyway, he doesn't collect John Deere garden tractors anymore, but he is always looking out for good deals for me and my collection. Thanks Ron, I owe you a lot!
John Deere started their version of garden tractors in 1963 with a Model 110. Since they were new to the garden tractor industry, they limited their 1963 production to just 1,000 units. The 1963 Model 110 was introduced with a K161 Kohler 7hp motor. Later in 1964, John Deere changed the Kohler motor to a K181 8hp motor. In 1966, John Deere introduced their newest Model, the 112. The 112 came with a Tecumseh HH100 10hp motor. Again, since the introduction was new to the industry, John Deere limited their 1966 112 production to just 1,000. The 112 was offered with standard manual lift, or the buyer could upgrade to the optional hydraulic lift. Nobody seems to know just how many of the 1,000 units made in 1966 were sold with manual lift or with hydraulic lift, but finding a 1966 112H is harder to find or locate than that of a 1963 110. Now and then I'll find a manual lift 1966 112 at a show, but I think I've only ever seen one other 1966 112H, and that was located in New York at a two-cylinder show.
This tractor was restored about 8 years ago, along with my 1966 112 manual lift tractor. Since you don't find them much, I wanted to restore both of them at the same time. This tractor is probably my pride and joy out of the whole collection. Since the restoration, the tractor has never had gas run through the rebuilt motor, and the tractor has never been started. It sits in my garage with the rest of the collection, and ever now and then, I'll get it out to take to a show. I have the original 46" mower deck for it, but as soon as I get the 30 rototiller restored, it will get hooked to this tractor.