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#1 wcpresley OFFLINE  

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Posted August 20, 2011 - 10:06 PM

Hi Everyone
I am new to this forum and new to lawn tractors. I have lots of john deere big tractors 70-4520 but i love my newest purchase im told 1975 214 all original low hours the guys great grandpa had it sitting in barn for last thirteen years under tarp. They pulled it out hauled it down to local jd dealer spent 500$ parts labor. runs like champ even has all the paint on the deck and where feet ride. I ended up giving him 450 seamed right problems are drive belts shot no big deal the varidrive needs adjustment but runs quiet mybe new primary and secondary belts might fix . Engine mounts seam shot engine moves to much i think. i mowed for one hour pretty tall stuff did not even bog down and no smoke. the steering seams very loose LOTS OF PLAY and turns sharper to left. The only other thing seams to mow realy good but not perfectly even i quess deck needs some adjustment not to worried probly has to come off to get drive belts on? I am great mechanic but i know nothing about these am very excited to learn with all your help. Plan to take down to frame and rebuild repait tractor this winter any suggeation is what i am hoping for
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Posted August 20, 2011 - 10:26 PM

WC, Welcome to GT talk, glad you found us. The 214 is a great tractor, and you will find everything pretty straight forward on the resto. Post some pictures when you get a chance, and ask any questions you have and someone will get you an answer. Again Welcome !!!

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Posted August 20, 2011 - 10:47 PM

Welcome to GTtalk.

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Posted August 20, 2011 - 11:10 PM

Welcome to GTtalk , really good group of people here , glad to have you , Al

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Posted August 20, 2011 - 11:12 PM

Welcome aboard! The steering tighter to the left is normal on a lot of tractors, it's so you can trim around obstacles. You generally mow counterclockwise to blow the clippings away from trees, flower beds, etc.

Here's links to the service manual in the manual section--> 200 series service manual - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

200 series service Small - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums


And the parts catalog--->200 Series Parts Catalog - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums


And don't forget, when you start your restoration.... :camera::wewantpics:

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Posted August 21, 2011 - 04:15 AM

Welcome, good luck on your 214. Hope it gives you lots of service.

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Posted August 21, 2011 - 04:33 AM

wc,welcome to the forum,glad to have you with us.

Hope your 214 work out ok.

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Posted August 21, 2011 - 07:03 AM

Welcome to GTTalk and to the JD forum. You should find all the info you need to service your tractor in the manuals listed by Gibby above. It sounds like a nice machine in very good condition. We like pictures here so if you get a chance post some.

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Posted August 21, 2011 - 03:20 PM

Glad to have you here, looks like you are already on your way to getting the info to get started.

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Posted August 21, 2011 - 05:48 PM

Welcome to GTtalk post lots of pictures

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Posted August 22, 2011 - 10:00 PM

Thanks to everyone had to replace drive belts it broke second time out works great now! Bidding on a 37A snow blower for it hope I don't need anything special. Going to restore over winter put my 20 years of body paint experience to work. I any reason not to run synthetic oil in engine? Need to tighten steering really lose. The will post some pic soon
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Posted August 23, 2011 - 06:00 AM

Here are a couple of operator's manuals (based on serial number) for your "new" 214.

John Deere 200 Series Operator's Manual OM-M81219 - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

John Deere 200 Series Operators Manual OM-M83194 - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 09:55 PM

Welcome to GTtalk! Hope you get the answers you're looking for, and enjoy restoring the 214! Post pictures!

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Posted August 24, 2011 - 07:03 PM

:wave: wcpresley Welcome to GTTalk! Sorry that it took so long to get to saying hello! We're glad to have you here! It sounds like your getting a lot of help so far, and I'm sure that there is more where that came from. We hope that you enjoy the forum and thanks for signing up!

Edited by MH81, August 24, 2011 - 09:46 PM.
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Posted August 25, 2011 - 07:00 AM

You guys have been very helpful and friendly. I just won i think to be 37-A snowblower someone painted it black so needs complete paint job but got it for 150$ on ebay. But hey says everything works on it will pick up this week. Now looking for tiller Thanks everyone !!




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