So yesterday I went and picked up my latest addition to the collection. It's a 1966 110 with a Model 10 Johnson Loader. They were bought new together back in 1966, however, for the past 20+ years, they were stored outside behind a house under a tarp. The house was recently ordered to be torn down and all of the belongings and contents were to be scrapped or thrown away. The tractor was saved by a neighbor who was going to restore the piece, but instead decided to sell it. So now I'm the new owner.
The tractor is rough and really rusted, almost to the point that I'd be concerned of the frame being able to support the weight of the loader if you lift any weight overhead with the bucket full. All four tires are shot, although they did hold air long enough for us to get the tractor loaded. The back rims are rusted through and will need to be replaced, the motor turns over by hand but due to a rusted exhaust valve, will only turn until it hits the cam lobe. The manual lift lever is rusted, but I believe it will free up with a few days of soaking in penetrating oil, and I believe the transmission shift lever is broken as I can't find any gear while trying to shift. The good things about the tractor is, the motor can be made to run again, the narrow front rims are still good, the transmission shifter can be fixed easily enough, the gas tank looks like new inside, and the variable speed seems to be alright. I feel as though this tractor can be restored back to new again, although it more than likely won't be used with this loader.
The loader is complete, right down to the free spinning pump and original drive belt. The lift cylinders seem to be good, although I'll more than likely replace all seals and packing on them before putting the loader back in action. The control levers are good and operational, and the resivour looks clean from what I can tell. The dump cylinder however, is rusted and pitted beyond repair, so I'm sure I'll have to have a new cylinder machined in order to make it work. Most of the hoses look decent, although there are some cracks showing so they will end up getting replaced with new ones. Still trying to decide if the bucket is original or not. Kenny (Littledeere) sent me some literature on these loaders, and from all of the ones shown on the pamphlets, none of the buckets look like the one on this tractor. If anybody out there can confirm if this is correct or not, I'd appreciate the help.
Should be quite the challenge when I get into it this summer. Wish me luck!