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#1 JohnDeere110 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 03:55 PM

Just curious about... well, what was your first garden tractor and/or restoration project?


Heres mine. Its a 1965 John Deere 110. I just bought it about a week ago.



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Posted April 01, 2015 - 04:01 PM

First one I ever restored was a Bolens 1050 in 2009

Wasnt perfect but sure learned alot about painting/Body Work to apply to the other restorations the following years.







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Posted April 01, 2015 - 04:27 PM

Dont have pictures..but my 1st one was a Kubota B6100 4x4 that was given to me with nothing but the tractor a 4way blade and the block(no head )..I cut the back of the block off and made a plate so I could use a Briggs 16 twin on it..it worked pretty good other than it went through the bearing I half aszed that the cut off end of the old crank shaft rode in..I need to get some pictures of the mods..lol

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 04:29 PM

There was a post a few months ago with before and after photos which was a great topic that kinda went along of this wwith a lot of member comments I don't know how to post the link to it
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Posted April 01, 2015 - 04:38 PM

My first restoration of a "garden tractor" was this 1948 Bolens Ridemaster.



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Posted April 01, 2015 - 04:59 PM

56 David Bradley.

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 06:54 PM

My First was a Bush Hog D4-10

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 07:23 PM

My first complete restoration which also had a engine overhaul and was also my very first Cub Cadet . A 1967 122 which I restored back in the 80's , and I still own and take to plowdays .  

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 09:38 PM

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 09:46 PM

Welcome!  Heck of a good 1st post with pictures, JohnDeere110. You will do well here.


First one purchasedGEDC0609.JPG Did not need to much


First one redone with motor rebuilt. GEDC0235.JPG



112 and 140 H3

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 10:03 PM

My first one is a Snapper 1855a.  Picked it up as a basket case, eng. in pieces, sheet metal scattered all over the barn, tires rotted.  Got it back togather, the only paint was from sandblasting the rims to put new meats on.  Other than that, she's in original working clothes.  Don't know why, I can't get the eng. to run great, wants to run awesome then falls on her face, sputters a few seconds then runs great again.  I've put on an elec. fuel pump, new filter/lines, etc.  Ran carb cleaner through her, many times, no change.  She has I think one of 2 things going on.  Ignition, I put on new plugs, wires and coil, no change.  I believe it is either points/condenser, or the carb.  Carbs, I have never learned to fix, only bugger up every one I ever touch.  If I get time, I will find and drop in a new set of points/condenser.  Problem I now have, I have offered it for sale to a guy that collects/repairs these, probably a whole lot better than I.  I will be very sad to see her go, but I have way too many tractors, GTs and Full size and storage is a BIG problem.  I think the price I am letting her go is way to low, but I'm not in it for the $$, just want to see her go to a good home.  From the cost of the tires, I think I am just about throwing the tractor in for pennies on the dollar.  I have thought about backing out on the deal, but I have never done that in my life, I don't want to do that now, but man, I am going to have a hole in my heart when this one goes.


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Posted April 02, 2015 - 03:27 AM

My first one to undergo a restoration

Ford 140 hydro

I would call it more of a refurbish and repaint

Have 2 more currently undergoing a refurbish

1977 990


1973 Sears SS/16

Sorry no pics of the 990

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Posted April 05, 2015 - 01:41 PM

Here's mine a 1963 Gravely L8. We are the same age. I didn't get a good before picture but the one I put up was in the same condition. It's now a runner and in line for repainting.

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