Many years ago I bought a JD 112 with hydraulic lift and mower deck. It was setting behind a garage. I stopped and talked to the owner asking if it was for sell. He said yes and $50 and I can have it.
I was happy to get it, because I was needing a transaxle for my 110. Got it home a stated taking all apart. Put the transaxle in the 110. Stored all the parts from the 112 and got rid of the frame.
Now that I am older and wiser (I think). Why did I part out the 112? I should have fixed it and used it.
I am starting to have problems lifting the tiller or snowblower on my 212 or 214, and yes both have helper springs. and yes I still have the 73 110, but I have a FEL on it and that it will stay on it.
So now I have to start looking for a 73 or 74 110 or 112 so that I can put the motor and hydraulic lift in it.
I have bought, rebuild ( restored) and sold around 8 JD's 200 series the last 6 years.
I know the motor is will turn over by hand, I have checked it over the years. I will take it apart and check it over and rebuild it. I will also take the hydraulics apart and check it over and rebuild it, too.
Now for the search goes on in my area.
Just have to get the word out in my area and start looking.
wish me luck