I got a call from a relative who lives about four hours from me. He said he's got an old Ford garden tractor I can have if I come get it. He's well into his 80's and his memory isn't all that great sometimes but when I tried to get a few details from him about it the few things he said he knew for sure is that the hood is white, its got a rear rototiller and a 60" deck, it uses 12" 5 lug rear wheels, and its got a 12hp Kohler with a manual transmission and shifter. He also said it takes a larger car size battery, and that the motor drives the transmission via a driveshaft, not a belt. It was bought used in 1980 from a Ford tractor dealer and at that point he had to hunt down a good used deck for it because the original deck was too far gone. He said the Kohler motor's air cleaner cover sticks out past the hood on the side, so that tells me the crank runs front to back.
He says the seat pan has two pads, one on the back, one on the bottom, (not a molded one piece type seat). The seat is made from heavy steel. He says the fenders are separate, and that its not a one piece fender pan as on most later GT's.
He said that the hood opens, but only the front part of the hood opens??? The battery is under the hood as is the fuel fill.
He also said that the FORD script is red with a blue outline, on a white hood. He bought a pair of these, apparently there's also a well worn one there too. He's selling the place and moving to someplace easier to keep up, so he wants me to come get all the tractors and all his cars and trucks that he's got stored in the barn.
I've owned 70's model LGT's (LGT165 and LGT 125), but this sounds different. I've had both closed and open hood models but none had white hoods or a full size battery under the hood. Any ideas as to what it may be judging by the description? I know he used to mow 20 or more acres, so the 60" deck is a given for anything he ever owned but the white hood and angular fenders don't go with the shaft drive and 60" deck part.
I'm not that familiar with the older Ford models, but what he's describing more sounds like an old Gilson than an old Ford or Jake.
Where there older Gilson built Fords?