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Posted August 08, 2011 - 06:11 AM

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


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


What size ags are you putting on her? If not, May need some weights and chains...

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 06:18 AM

If I go that route, it has 16X6.50X8's on the rear. Finding the 11X4.00-5's tri ribs to go with them may be a challenge. How's about a mid-mount grader for her? Boy, there are lots of possibilities out there. Not sure what to go for first.:bigrofl:

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 06:25 AM

1983 was the last year of the 65 and 68 riding mowers as Deere brought out a newer design in 1984. Believe it or not, you can get a snow blade for those rear engine riders, but no snow blower.

Here is an older operator's manual: 66 & 68 Riding Mowers Operators Manual - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

Brochure from 1980: 66 & 68 Riding Mowers Operators Manual - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

As for finding parts I created a tutorial on using JD Parts to help you locate parts and search your dealer's inventory. It's here: How To Use JD Parts Online Services - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

In my opinion the 68 rider was the best rider Deere made - the newer ones are very complicated and hard to work on.
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Posted August 08, 2011 - 06:33 AM

Thanks. I remember seeing that tutorial, just forgot to look for it (duh moment). What about the serial? Am I correct or is it listed separate? There looks to have been something just below the model #, but can't make it out as yet.

Just downloaded the tutorial, thanks.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 06:41 AM

Sorry, I accidentally linked to the operator's manual twice instead of linking to the brochure. Here is the brochure:

1980 John Deere Lawn Tractors & Rear Engine Riders - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

I did have a service manual for the older rear engine riders that included the 68, but I sold it to a guy on MTF. I wish I would have kept it and downloaded it here. Too late now.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 06:43 AM

Oh, on the serial number - you're correct the serial number is the last 6 digits, in this case 236463. The M00068E is the type code or model number.
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Posted August 08, 2011 - 06:52 AM

I had already downloaded the operators manual Saturday. I'll read the tutorial this evening. From what I have found out so far, the clutch spring like I have is not available, but I may not be on the right parts list. Entering M00068E doesn't seem to find anything, had to use just 68.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 07:05 AM

Yes you have to use the two or three digit model number, i.e. 68, or 318, or 400, etc. It's not surprising that the spring is NLA. One from a 66 will work - and possibly one from a 65. Deere sold literally thousands of the 65, 66 and 68 rear engine riders so you might be able to find one from ebay, wfm, or other sources. There is a guy on wfm who is really into the 68 rear engine riders. Mark Welter is his name, I believe.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 07:11 AM

Thank you, Tmo. You seem to be a wealth on info on JD's. Glad you are with us here. I wonder what all this little LT can really do. With the engine on the rear, you have plenty of traction.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 07:56 AM

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


he need something green since his grass isn't green anymore.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 09:01 AM

he need something green since his grass isn't green anymore.


So he's just gonna park it out front of the house??? LOL

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 11:29 AM

Welcome to the Brotherhood Kenny,:thumbs: lol. Glad you picked up that little Deere, it should make you a great little mower, if you ever have any grass to mow:(.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 04:37 PM

Welcome to the dark side Kenny. LOL Looks to be in pretty good shape. I picked up a later model like this in May. It is a R72 pretty much the same machine. We nicknamed it Forest as in Forest Gump.:bigrofl: Have fun with it and they do a fine job of mowing.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 10:20 PM

You know John Deere is the Lays potato chip of tractors, knowbody can buy just one!
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Posted August 09, 2011 - 06:37 AM

Tmo, used your tutorial and looked up the parts. The spring, M41946, was flagged, but I couldn't figure out why. I will have to contact the dealer to let them know I picked them. Maybe they can tell me something. The belts won't be a problem. Thanks, again.




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