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#1 Mark 149 J. OFFLINE  

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Posted January 17, 2016 - 08:34 PM

  I'm a recent new member to GTTalk and I've been finding great information to help me make a decision on buying my first gt.  My first buy was on Dec. 2015.  I purchased ($80) a 73' AMF lawn tractor with a 32" deck for my 9 year old son.  It was his Christmas present and he was very excited when I opened the shop door.  I had to travel over 500 miles round trip but it was worth it to see him smile and jump for joy.  During that same trip I also found a AC710 ($150) gt for myself.  It was only 5 more miles away form where I bought my sons and it was complete.  It didn't come with any attachments but it did come with a 6 speed transmission and a 10 hp Kohler that was Cast Iron.  

  Over the next couple of weeks we were able to get the AMF running good and started taking care of some of the surface rust.  During that same time the AC carb. was rebuilt, the amp gauge replaced, starter relay replaced, and surface rust was neutralized.  That 10 hp Kohler runs very strong and smooth as silk.  It was my first time working on this type of Kohler and I can see why they are so popular.

  I really like the AC but I also was in need of a FEL for my 2 acre property.  I thought about building one but I knew it was going to take me some time.  I started looking for a used FEL but they are few and far between and expensive.  I found a sweet Bolens 1885 with powersteering and a Johnson FEL for $1300 but I couldn't convince my wife that is was a good buy.  It had transmission problems but I knew I could fix it.  Fast forward to today.....

  Early this week I found a Cub Cadet 149 for sale with a Danco 2000 FEL and Danco weight box on craigslist.  The biggest problem is the owner was asking $2000 and it was located 270 miles away.  I called him up and told him I was interested but he wasn't willing to sell it for less. Later that week I saw that the guy had lower his price to $1200.  I quickly called and he remembered me.  We talked and I said I was still very interested in buying it.  He said he would hold it for me until I go there on Sat..  I was able to convince my wife that this was the one that I NEEDED!  She said ok so I started planning the trip.

  I woke up Sat. to some snow on the ground and it raining.  My son and I got into my Dodge 2500 and started our trip.  My biggest concern was Snoqualmie pass on Interstate 90.  At 3000 ft. it has been know to be shut down due to avalanches or bad road conditions due to snow.  As we started heading up the pass the roads had more snow and visibility was greatly reduced.  I put the truck in to 4 high and we slowly went up the pass.  After an hour of driving through snow we cleared the summit and started on the way back down.  After a couple of miles it started raining and the roads started to clear.  

   We finally made it to the town of Monroe Washington (30 miles east of Seattle) at about 1:00pm.  All I can say is it was love at first site!  Sure it had some problems but all of them were fixable.  I quickly paid the man (he had gotten 7 texts about it while I looked at it) and loaded it into my truck.  The return trip went well because the roads where clear and I had my Cub Cadet in the back of my truck.

On Classic Tractor Fever they always ask how bad do you have it!  My answer is REALLY BAD!

 

Here are some picture of my purchases within the last 30 days.

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Posted January 17, 2016 - 08:46 PM

Wow, nice tractors and story. Welcome to the site.

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Posted January 17, 2016 - 08:47 PM

Thanks!


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Posted January 17, 2016 - 08:48 PM

That loader was a bargain. Everyone wants $1200 for a pile of loader parts... Not 100% complete, operational, and mounted to a running operating tractor.
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Posted January 17, 2016 - 08:51 PM

Welcome to GTtalk Mark you have bought some fine machines, your son looks very pleased with his new ride. Lots of great people that are more than happy to help you with whatever you need. We have an extensive manual section for lots of tractors have fun. Hankg.
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Posted January 17, 2016 - 09:10 PM

Squeaky Wheel

 

I figured that it was a good buy at $1200 but it still took me 2 days to convince the wife!  I told her that my back thanks her! 


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Posted January 17, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Welcome to GTTalk. I see you have those nice new ramps to load many more in future. It is hard to quit, still trying myself, but still fun breaking the promise. My Wife like others could never say Yes to anyone I've gotten. SO, had to build one for her in Female purple colors and one in pink for G-daughter. All is better now. :D


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Posted January 17, 2016 - 11:13 PM

Welcome to the club.


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Posted January 17, 2016 - 11:50 PM

Welcome Aboard!


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 05:31 AM

:wave: Welcome to the frum! You made some great scores there, Mark, but I think the best one was that AMF! You made that young guy very happy with that one!


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 06:24 AM

Welcome to GTTalk , you'll find that that little loader will be so handy , your wife will even find things to use it for , mine does


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 07:07 AM

Welcome Mark and great story! Nice machines you have brought home and the smile on your son's face is priceless. For me the 149 really catches my eye with the FEL and the front hub/spindle conversion with that big weight box! You got an extremely good buy....
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Posted January 18, 2016 - 08:37 AM

All 3 are nice looking tractors. That cub is sweet and the 710 looks like it's been well cared for. You are off to a great start in this hobby. Thanks for joining us here! 


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 09:02 AM

Welcome to GTT :wave:

 

Nice machines!


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 09:46 AM

Welcome to GTT. Nice herd of tractors. The AC should be easy to find attachments for. Check out www.simpletractors for alot of info on the AC. We are here to help each other. When you have questions, just ask. Including pics usually makes the question clearer. Tell the wife to pick out which one is hers(happy wife = happy wife). Good Luck, Rick







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