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Posted September 16, 2011 - 10:01 PM

Got the Walbro carb rebuild kit from Napa yesterday and rebuilt the carb on the 120 today. Started right up and with a minimal amount of tweaking it runs great. Removed the blades from the 110's model 38 deck, sharpened them and installed them on the 120. Re-leveled the deck and mowed the lawn. Looks pretty good!

I also changed the oil since the float was sticking. After 45 minutes the oil still looks clear.
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Posted October 19, 2011 - 09:40 AM

Another update for you 120 lovers...

I have since torn the carb apart twice and cleaned it only to crap get stuck in the needle valve. The tank is really bad from sitting and the Seafoam I keep in the gas is adding to the fun. I have the fluid and filter for a hydro change - gonna go Type F as so much is unknown about the tractor's history. Also working on a running list of parts for the 120 (and the 110). For the 120 I need:
- Transaxle dipstick and cap (most important)
- model 49 snowblower drive belt and hydraulic cylinder
- PTO activation lamp for the dash (not an issue but dash has an extra hole in it)
- mower drive belt and deck belt (for next spring)


Other than that I still love it.

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 10:49 AM

Sounds like you are having fun getting it into shape.

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 03:06 PM

Very nice! I've always liked the looks of the 120/140 over the 300 series, but so few show up around here for sale. The ones that do, are generally priced kinda high for the condition they are in, the ones that are reasonable are always gone by the time I call.
Keep us updated on your deck rebuild, I'm interested in seeing that as I have one that needs attention too. My 314 had a very rough fender pan, I found one in much better shape and plan on using the old fender pan for deck patches. I'm thinking with all the contours, I can cut out ready shaped patches that will need minimal fitting.

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 03:20 PM

This will be the second deck I have had to ask for help to fix up. I currently have a RF38 that is waiting for prep and paint. This one might get a band-aid fix for now. Time, budget and help will determine the direction I go with the deck.

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Posted October 29, 2011 - 07:46 PM

Spent some quality time in the garage with the 120 and got it read for winter. I removed the mower deck/mule drive, the fender deck, power-washed the back half of the tractor, changed the fluid and filter on the hydrostatic drive, and greased all the zerks I could find on it.

I also installed the model 49 snowblower sitting in the garage.
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Since the 49 was previously installed on a 318 and has a different chute control mount I used a couple of shock absorber isolators to make it work:

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Here is a shot looking down the side.

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From the front:
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I still need to get a belt from Deere and get new hoses for the blower hydraulic lift cylinder. I will also use the chains I had on the RF110 as it has the same size tires as the 120.

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Posted October 29, 2011 - 08:19 PM

That looks real good, Trav1s. Ought to keep the drive cleared this winter.

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Posted October 29, 2011 - 08:24 PM

That looks real good, Trav1s. Ought to keep the drive cleared this winter.


I managed to keep it clean last winter with the 110 sporting a model 42 blade - a couple of times I took care of 8-10" at a time. It was slow going but it did get the job done.

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Posted October 30, 2011 - 01:20 PM

Here are some pics of the tractor with the fender deck removed and power-washing complete:

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Here are some up close and personal pics of the model 41 deck that is worse than I expected. It might be time to hunt a good one down and part this one out...

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After I bit of powerwashing...
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Posted November 01, 2011 - 07:23 PM

great job

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Posted November 01, 2011 - 08:19 PM

Thanks! Still have a bunch more to do.

Today I picked up a few more pieces from Napa to finish the blower install and a few other things. Picked up a pair of red LED marker lights to mount as tails. Tomorrow I will get the hoses made.

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 11:02 AM

Looks awesome so far!

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 11:19 AM

Thanks all!

Got the mocked-up hoses to test-fit after lunch. Added a couple of 90's and swivels to make the installation look cleaner and add to ease of installation. While it will ad a bit to the cost I think it will a wise choice. I will get some pics posted up later today when the hoses are finished. It looks like I am just about right on time as the weatherman says eastern Nebraska is gonna get some winter lovins tonight. Oh goodie...

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 02:35 PM

Here are the hoses made by my local Napa. Other than the hoses reversed in the picture it is up and going!!
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Posted November 12, 2011 - 06:28 PM

All up and going! Got my parts order from JD in Onowa to finish the snow blower install and work on the 110.

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I got the belt and hydro dipstick/cap for the 120. The dipstick/cap combo was painful at $50!!!! The other parts are for the 110.

Here is the 120 all ready for snow (minus the chains)
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