If you decide to look for an LGT... dont wait around for one to popup for sale... when they do ppl often ask top $$ for them. I placed a wanted ad on kijiji and have bought 5 Fords in the last year or so... $200-$300 each, including 5 decks and 2 tillers. They were a popular GT so theres alot of them out there, but many ppl dont bother to fix them up and advertise them, you have to find them.
A word of caution tho... once you play with an LGT for awhile they become very addicting, at 850lbs they are one the heavier GTs of the 70s/80s which makes them quite a capable machine, and the attachment system is about the slickest and easiest of the era, even the 50" deck can be dropped, sharpened, and replaced in less than 30 minutes... and that includes a refreshment of choice for the operator.
I buy/sell/trade older GTs now as a hobby, Ive tried many of them, and I like most all of them, Bolens, MTD, Cub Cadets, Sears.... all nice to use... but swapping attachments on any of them is a major pita... Jacobsen got it Right... and the Ford LGTs are the cheapest and easiest to find of all the Jake lineup. Im old and lazy but Im not color blind;)
Hello... My name is Lance... and own a Ford garden tractor.....