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#1 RAJ OFFLINE  

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Posted January 02, 2015 - 11:38 AM

I picked up a WHITE 112 a few weeks ago. I will try to keep this short.

 

I got a phone call about 3 years ago from someone that told me about the tractor and approximately where it was. I lost contact with him shortly after that and I was left to figure out the rest on my own. After quite a bit of research, I had a good idea where the tractor was and who it belonged to.

 

It was sitting at an abandoned farm about 80 miles from where I live. The owner did not have a current address or listed phone number. After a couple unanswered letters and a few phone calls, I finally got ahold of the owner last month. He agreed to sell it to me and I drove out to pick it up a few days later. The owner was around 70 years old and said that his grandpa bought it new from the local implement dealer. It came with Minneapolis-Moline owner's manuals. He told me that around 10 years ago a bearing went bad on the mower deck and no one could help him find parts, so it sat ever since.

 

My dad and I winched it from the frozen ground onto a trailer and hauled it home. There was mold growing on it and just about everything was rusted stiff.  I brought it inside to thaw out and used transmission fluid to loosen the rusty linkages. The electric PTO clutch was stuck so the engine would not turn over until I was able to break it loose. I had to file and set the breaker points to get spark but after that, it fired right away on starting fluid and did not smoke. The gas tank was severely rusted through but I had a spare tank to use. What I found in the carburetor float bowl looked like pea soup.

 

I replaced the tank and fuel line and added some gas, hoping the fuel pump would start working. I had to run it for around a minute on shots of carb cleaner, but the fuel pump did come to life and it began to run on its own. It looks like a zombie, but turned out to be mechanically sound and it runs great. Two tires were dry rotted, the steering wheel is broken and the fenders are badly rusted, but I have parts to use from a donor. My son (2) was here to help me and is now enjoying the sled rides.

 

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Edited by RAJ, January 03, 2015 - 11:36 AM.

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Posted January 02, 2015 - 11:50 AM

Great find on a rare machine!  :thumbs:


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 12:06 PM

Cool score on that one!


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 12:35 PM

Good thing you had good help!    Rick


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Neat story good save.                                                                                                                                                                  Roger


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 01:21 PM

That was a good save on that one.  I'm glad you got it going.  Your son looks pretty happy about it too.


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 01:34 PM

Nice save and the little guy likes it also. Thanks for the pictures


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 01:41 PM

Very good save.

Those Kohlers are just like a Timex...."Takes a licking and keeps on ticking!"


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 01:42 PM

Yea man well done
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Posted January 02, 2015 - 01:52 PM

Yes, my son and I are very happy to bring it home and I am very fortunate to have found it. The old man said that there was also a snow blower with it, but the scrap guy already got ahold of it. The scrap guy was after the tractor too, but he didn't let him take it. I am glad I wrote those letters when I did, otherwise it may have been lost forever.


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 04:32 PM

It's a keeper!!!  Congrats.


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:45 AM

Awesome gt, and thanks for saving it


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 02:44 AM

Sat ten years and you didnt even have stuck rings? Wow, you got lucky there.
Glad to hear your perseverance paid off and the White has a good home. Bet she feels better stretching her legs.
Too bad about the blower, but at least you saved the tractor.
:thumbs: on making it a family day too, thanks for letting us ride along.
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Posted January 03, 2015 - 04:02 PM

Sat ten years and you didnt even have stuck rings? Wow, you got lucky there.
 

I got this 1968 Jacobsen Chief 1000 fall of 2013 and was sitting untouched since 1990. Carb rebuilt and has ran fine no problems! That's right tractor was sitting for half of its life!

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Posted May 31, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Put the White to work last weekend for the first time in probably a couple decades. My usual mower disintegrated the deck drive belt and I had to come up with a backup. This has always been a good runner and I had a 48" steel Ford deck from a 140 I sold. It mowed over two acres yesterday without incident.

I've replaced the tires and the fender pan and sanded the hood to bring back some of the original blue along with replacing the had tank since I got it but otherwise have done nothing to it but clean the carb. Not bad for a 46 year-old tractor found growing moss in the woods.
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