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#1 Trav1s ONLINE  

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Posted August 24, 2011 - 05:03 PM

I picked up this 1971 John Deere 120 lawn and garden tractor on Tuesday. :D

*Here are a few pics of the machine which is in unrestored condition. *It is not quite as nice as my 110 but is solid, complete and has a newer $1000 Kohler k301 motor installed. *The guy I am getting it from bought it to restore as part of his collection but found a JD 430 and is unloading the 120 to fund the 430 restore. *These tractors were only made in 1970 and 1971. *This is one from late 1971. *I have an almost new Model 49 snowblower (used market value over $500!!!) that someone gave me that is direct fit on the 120. *:rockon:


This pics are from the seller:
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The deck needs some work but it is repairable.
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The newer Kohler replacement engine:
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Edited by Trav1s, August 24, 2011 - 05:05 PM.
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Posted August 24, 2011 - 05:26 PM

Good looking survivor there, thanks for sharing the pics & :thumbs: on the blower!
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Posted August 24, 2011 - 05:39 PM

Welcome. Nice to find a tractor to go with the implements you already had. Mower deck doesn't look too bad, just a little TLC needed. Good luck with it.
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Posted August 24, 2011 - 07:21 PM

That is in very nice original condition!
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Posted August 24, 2011 - 09:14 PM

Condition is very nice considering the age, the price was right and it was only 4 hours from home which made it even better. I picked it up on my way home from Ohio. Now to get it out of the back of the truck and get it ready for work. Plan on an oil change, change points, condenser, plug and adjust the carb before I get to excited with it. The deck might get a temporary patch for now but hope to restore it over the winter.
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Posted August 25, 2011 - 04:00 AM

That is a nice solid looking 12o. With the rebuilt engine it should give you years of service.
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Posted August 25, 2011 - 04:35 AM

Trav1s,welcome to the forum,glad to have you with us.

Nice looking 120.
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Posted August 25, 2011 - 06:01 AM

Not a bad looking 120 - looks clean and straight. 120s aren't as popular as the 140, so there aren't a whole lot of them out there. That one would be an easy restore if you wanted to do so, or it would be a good one to put to work.

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 07:41 AM

Very nice, loved the pics. Gave me some good ideas about mine. Thanks
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Posted August 25, 2011 - 09:14 PM

Finally got the 120 unloaded this afternoon. I planned on changing the oil before doing anything with it but the oil was clean and clear so I left it alone. Added some gas to the tank along with a splash of Seafoam before attacking the yard. After about 4 feet of mowing I decided that the deck needed leveled. After the lawn was done I changed the points and condenser and pulled it in the garage. More pics to follow!
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Posted August 27, 2011 - 06:25 PM

Gave it some more lovins today. Regapped the points, adjusted the carb, installed new air cleaner and fuel line. It definitely runs much smoother. After all that I powerwashed who knows how much dirt off of it and let it dry in the sun. After rearranging the garage the car, truck, 110 and 120 all fit. Good times were had by all.
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Posted August 27, 2011 - 06:32 PM

Good looking John there, and sounds like in great shape. That deck is pristine compared to many, and not that hard to repair.
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Posted August 27, 2011 - 06:52 PM

Nice tractor you have there. A neighbor of mine has what I believe to be one of those in a barn of his that I would love to get. If somebody does not get it soon it will be crushed as the barn will not withstand too many more windstorms or heavy snowfalls. Also I am quite curious about the unit behind your 120. What is it? It looks very interesting!!
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Posted August 27, 2011 - 07:08 PM

Very nice original John Deere 120. Deck looks a little rough but definitely fixable. Sounds like you are having a blast with it already and glad to hear you made room in the garage for it.
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Posted August 28, 2011 - 07:41 AM

Nice tractor you have there. A neighbor of mine has what I believe to be one of those in a barn of his that I would love to get. If somebody does not get it soon it will be crushed as the barn will not withstand too many more windstorms or heavy snowfalls. Also I am quite curious about the unit behind your 120. What is it? It looks very interesting!!


Sounds like you need to introduce your neighbor to the sound of money - cold hard cash (and not US currency :bigrofl:)

As for the strange machine... I have no idea what it is. Those are the pics from the previous owner. It is odd looking....
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