Nice looking 112's.
I just picked one up this morning and am here searching for information on them.
Mine is blue in color and the paint looks like it is original. Did these come in blue?
I see the Allis Chalmers logo on the FEL lift arm but it looks nearly identical to the Workhorse Model 10 FEL I have on my Workhorse tractor. I would love to see a pic of how the hydraulic pump mounts to the tractor. I may want to swap the FEL to this tractor at some point or to the 416H I picked up last month.
Anyone have an idea if the spindles on this are the same size as the earlier Landlord series? I have two 101's and a 2010 that I bought the parts to do the "poor man's power steering" upgrade on them and would like to do the same to the HB112.
They never came in blue, and AC never used Johnson loaders for their GT's.
I would use the 416H as a loader tractor. Hydro's are so much nicer to run a loader with...if you're lucky, your loader controls are on the left, if not, you will get the hang of having your hands in 3 places at once. The 416 also has a much more robust front axle and steering setup. They use a more common and HD Ross steering box vs the lighter gears of a Simplicity mfg steering. Thrust bearings on the spindles is a must. It's cheap and easy to do, and if nothing else, helps prevent wear.
This is the pump setup on the later style Simplicity (Henry) loaders.
There's a boat load of pics in this post here, showing the OEM subframe and front mount setup.