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