Before anybody says anything - I am getting pics! :) I'm headed back up there today.
I've got a 19XX Ford LGT 145 Tractor a friend has given to me. It's been sitting in a field for 20 years. It's got a bit of a backstory.
My friend Frank helped move his parents from Windham, PA to Florida to retire. Frank noted that their property (17.3 acres) was in bad shape when he moved them out. Looks like his parents just stopped taking care of stuff! House needs to be demolished due to severe water damage, garbage just strewn about the property, and apparently they were hoarders.
So, long story short, it appears the tractor's RF tire came off the rim and Frank's dad just parked it. Outside. About 20 years ago.
It's mostly intact, though the seat is destroyed. It's also sunk in the ground about 4-6 inches. It only has the plow attachment, Frank's dad bought it that way - so no mower deck. It's got some nice aggressive tires on the back and turf savers on the front. It was covered in garbage, ants, dirt, mold, moss, and grime.
At work the other day Frank is talking to me about how depressed he is because of the mess his parents left behind. He said their is a lot of junk up there and just needs to get rid of it. So he tells me I can have the old tractor and a weedeater he found. I come up to look at it and think it isn't that bad. I think I can get it to run again. If so, we can keep it there to haul stuff out (oh, it does have a trailer - with 2 flat tires). After that, I'll bring it home to restore.
After several hours in the field I got the following done:
- Changed the oil
- Put oil down in the cylinder
- Put my motorcycle battery in temporarily
- Found out my go kart key turns the ignition
- Cleared out the ant farm on top of the old battery and wiring
- Cranked it over! (no spark though)
I do have some problems:
- Seat is toast so I bypassed the seat safety for now
- Ignition & PTO switch are pretty badly corroded
- It's sunk in the ground about 4-6 inches (luckily the plow is on it and kept it from sinking further)
- Right front tire is off the rim
- No spark
After googling around I have come to the belief that the PTO switch may be causing my issues. Turns out coil power comes through there. When I go up today, I'll get some more pictures as well as bring up my voltmeter to test things out.