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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 01:31 PM

As promised, I have pics of my first JD. This has completed the rainbow of tractors that I have. My only question so far is where can I find some attachments for this? I pulled the carb and cleaned as it had old fuel still in it. Had to change the plug to get it running. It now purrs right along, though it does smoke some. I will have to get new belts and a spring for the clutch before I can put it to work. Had to rob the ignition switch from the parts Sears, but it works well. Seat switch has been compromised, not sure if I can get it wired back up. Had to pull the right front and break it down for a new valve stem. That was an adventure in itself. Anyway, this is my first JD and the only to get a better machine is up from here. So without further adieu, here are the pics I promised:
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Yeah, it's a model 68 with a 30" deck, 1983 vintage. 8 HP Briggs w/electric start. So far, I know the charging system works. Can't drive it until I get the spring for the clutch, and probably both new belts while I am there.
Ain't it great?

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 01:39 PM

cool find thanx for the pics
I recently saw a 68 with a 36" deck in my local parts department

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 01:41 PM

Oh man, the Dark Side! How did you let "The Force" slip away? :poke: :smilewink:
Heck, it's a nice little rider, and the cut those single blade riders give is unmatched by multiple blade decks.

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 01:48 PM

Kenny, Lord Vader welcomes you.:poke::poke:

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 01:58 PM

Think one of those tillers like Bolens1053 put on his would work on this? What snow blower/ blade will I need?

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 03:26 PM

Well Kenny, I little green won't hurt especially if you're blue! Neat little rider.

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 03:35 PM

I bet it's pretty nimble.
You should have ome fun on it.

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 03:41 PM

Just strap a 12" moldboard to the back of it and you'll be all set.

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 03:50 PM

I wonder if it will take the 54" blade and front hitch!

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 05:03 PM

Glad you got a Deere Kenny. Congrats. Looks good.

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 06:09 PM

Hey everyone needs a DEAR lol

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Posted August 07, 2011 - 07:10 PM

Kenny
A DEERE????
Has the drought down their started to take its toll?????:D

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 05:09 AM

Thanks, guys. I couldn't pass on a $40 JD. Model # is M00068E236463. Is the 236463 the serial #? Been trying to find the clutch spring so I can drive it around. Any JD guys that can help me figure how to look up the correct parts for this? Also need both belts. Blade could use a sharpening. Other than that, she is ready for yard duty. Course, a good cleaning would help. I put a little MMO in the oil and gas, along with some Seafoam. Been sitting for a while, figured it wouldn't hurt.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 05:44 AM

Hey Kenny,congrats on the Deere.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 05:56 AM

i had a john deere rx75 with a bagger for awhile. single 30 blade,

same deal, picked it up cheap

mine had a bagger, that tractor waslike a vacuum,

take rocks , smash sticks, leave nothing behind,

my wife liked the lawn after, but i sold it for a nice profit, so on to the truck it went,

jk




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