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#1 JohnDeere110 ONLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 01:31 PM

I thought this might be a interesting question.

So what was your first tractor restoration? When did you start and finish it and do you still have it?

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 02:04 PM

1967 Bush Hog HD 12, took about a month and I do still have it.

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 02:13 PM



the first was a 1939 allis chalmers WC that has been in the family for ever(cant find pics). the second is the cub cadet 1200 that my son got when he was 9 for Christmas, he is 15 in the restored pic(18 now). the bolens HT20D was the 3rd, the wheel horse lawn ranger was 4th. we also have a 50's allis chalmers CA that is restored that is #5(no pics handy) and yes we still have all of them and they all along with several others go to all of the local shows.

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 04:04 PM

Haven't went that route as yet!

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 04:57 PM

I dabbled but my first nut and bolt restoration was a 67 B10. Took a year and a half. Trans and engine was opened and all new seals, gaskets and rings. I sold it to fund more projects

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 04:57 PM

My first was a 11 hp Montgomery Wards. Left one in the picture.

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 05:53 PM

First one was a Kohler powered Roper, w/fel, brinley 3 point hitch and a few tools. Restored and painted it. No pics. Could not find correct pulley for hydraulic pump, sold it. 

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 06:42 PM

I don't get into the restoration.  Just fix them up, and maybe paint them up and put them to work.  Except for the Ram which is the 6 yo granddaughters.  Ride-4.JPG

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 06:50 PM

After 40 plus years, I can't remember. I might even still have it!

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 08:02 PM

I never restored one. When I get them, I get them as mechanically sound as I can, and clean them up and use them. Rarely paint any thing. If I put one in a parade, I clean it, then wipe a little oil on the tin work to shine it up for the day.
And I still have them all.

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 08:38 PM

The first I restored was a Sears, I rebuilt it for my brother in law and sister for Christmas since their mower was junk and would never run. I stripped it down to the bare frame, cleaned everything then painted it all. I also rebuilt the engine and the old thing ran like new again (started 1st pull every time). I gave them the old sears with chains, cast wheel weights, snow blade, 3-pt, plow and cultivator (had around $1000 in everything when finished). But the sad part is the tie rod came off (common on the old sears) and I gave them another one that was upgraded with swivel ball joints and it was the perfect fix. Except they never put it on and instead went out and bought a brand new Husqvarna and the old sears has now been sitting for about 2 years :( :wallbanging:.

I now wish I would of kept the old sears, at least it would be used.


The second really wasn't a restore, I guess it just depends on how you look at it.
I was given a old Simplicity 7016H, it was my great uncles who had passed away and it had been sitting for probably 5 years. I got and quickly repainted it as the old thing was rusting away. The tiller was terribly rusted, so was the fenders and mower deck. cleaned all the paint off and used some of that rust stop stuff. I then got it all primed and repainted. Now I need to rebuild the engine since it broke a ring.

The simplicity is a keeper!

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Posted July 14, 2016 - 09:12 PM

I'm sort of new at the "tractor" hobby and the first one that I restored was my 1945 John Deere Lindeman crawler.

I have owned this crawler for a long time and used it around the property for years.

In 2002 I quit using it as a workhorse and cleaned it all up and gave it a nice coat of paint.

Since then, I've only used it for taking to tractor shows.





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Posted July 14, 2016 - 09:43 PM

1960 Wheel Horse 400, took over a year, complete disassembly, every nut, bolt, seal, bearing.... etc.SAM_0278.JPG SAM_0332.JPG SAM_1047XXHD.JPG SAM_1244XXHD.JPG

Still have it, too much time and money invested to ever get rid of it :smilewink:

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Posted July 15, 2016 - 07:01 AM

My first was the first JD "garden tractor" I ever owned, a 1969-140 H1:  GARDEN TRACTORS 090a (Small).jpg  Wanted it to use & for shows:  GARDEN TRACTORS 037a.jpg    GARDEN TRACTORS 001.jpg


Had refurbished a couple farm tractors before that, but not the little guys:  032.jpg  chillicothe 2004 165 - Copy.jpg


No longer own any of them!

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Posted July 15, 2016 - 07:25 AM

This is the first one I have attempted, 1973-74 Sears STS16. Bought tractor early 2012, PO had already stripped and painted frame, all I had to do was finish and put back together......rrriigghhtttt :thumbs:


July of 2016 and still not finished. I am a little farther than the pics I have, but still not done, but am acquiring soon some much needed parts to finish it.






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