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#1 cpg OFFLINE  

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Posted May 07, 2015 - 07:43 PM

I will admit that my favorite brand is IH but I am definitely not colorblind and love to have variety in my collection. Even though I love to give my diehard John Deere friends a hard time there has always been a Deere I have dreamed about and I finally found it!

 

Just got home my new to me 1969 first year white engine John Deere 110 Patio Red tractor. It has the original mower deck and even has factory hydraulic lift. Needless to say I'm pretty sure its a RARE tractor. It needs a full restoration and will get it but I couldn't let it go figuring I would never see another. John Deere made the Patio's from 1969 to 1971 and my understanding is that 1969 is the only year they painted it entirely white before starting to paint the engine black to keep the tractors looking nice and make production easier. It has the Kohler 181. Can't wait to get started on the resto.

 

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Posted May 07, 2015 - 08:08 PM

I've always been intrigued with the Patios, and the red one is probably the best color scheme IMHO.
Glad you found one.
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Posted May 07, 2015 - 11:23 PM

Great find, make sure you document every part of the tractor as you tear it done for restoration. The 69 is the easiest to fake and the hardest to prove it's real. Get photos of the paint behind the ID tag and also places under the tin work where most folks won;t take the time to repaint.Good Luck and I'll be following along.


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Posted May 08, 2015 - 12:34 AM

That is waaay cool. I know I'm prejudiced, but there's just something about the look of a J.D. regardless of colour.
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Posted May 08, 2015 - 04:10 AM

there is one of those up here by me for sale. guess I should get it

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Posted May 08, 2015 - 06:18 AM

What is that on top of the engine? The hyd. pump?



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Posted May 08, 2015 - 06:35 AM

Yep, there is a small belt that runs up to the hydraulic lift pump and valve that is mounted above the engine. I have never seen one before though I know they were an option. I got it from the grandson of the original owner.


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Posted May 08, 2015 - 06:41 AM

Great find, make sure you document every part of the tractor as you tear it done for restoration. The 69 is the easiest to fake and the hardest to prove it's real. Get photos of the paint behind the ID tag and also places under the tin work where most folks won;t take the time to repaint.Good Luck and I'll be following along.

Thanks for the thought that's a good idea. I usually do pics of my restorations so I will file some special. I know the '69s don't have the special number and are hard to confirm so when I go there I made sure to look around and I can't find any evidence of green paint throughout the peeling layers anywhere on the tractor or the deck. I will make sure its a well documented restoration and will make sure I start a restoration thread when I get going.


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Posted May 08, 2015 - 07:43 AM

Congratulations on the great find. That hydraulic lift setup is something I have never seen up close before. 



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Posted May 08, 2015 - 08:04 AM

Sweet Patio!!! Hard part is going to be finding the seat!! Good luck and keep us posted!

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 08:04 AM

The best kind of JD, not green!



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Posted May 16, 2015 - 01:46 AM

Patio seats At Portland were $650.

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Posted May 16, 2015 - 05:01 PM

I know hapco was making that era seats in yellow are they going to make them for the patio's?

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Posted May 19, 2015 - 12:02 PM

I haven't found reproduction patio seats but it has the original era seat. I found a few articles online where guys just got replacement John Deere covers and fabric dyed them to match the patio color. That is what I will probably end up doing to get it restored unless I happen to find a patio seat down the road.



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Posted May 19, 2015 - 05:42 PM

I like it.  But you know the old saying - - If it ain't red - leave it in the shed.  Wonder how a Bolens G12 would look in Red & off White ?? ?






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