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Posted April 19, 2012 - 04:53 PM

Tires are here! Arrived about 3 this afternoon and I hope to mount them this weekend.

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Posted April 21, 2012 - 06:27 AM

Getting ready to sand and prime then mount the tires.
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Posted April 21, 2012 - 07:12 AM

Trav1s, I usually paint the inside of the wheel, mount the tire (once the paint is dry), then cut brown paper bags to fit between the wheel and tire face. Usually leave a 1" overlap to tape together. Once the paint outside is dry, air them up and you are ready to go.
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Posted April 21, 2012 - 11:19 AM

That is what I was thinking Kenny. Got them sanded this morning and working on priming the inners as you suggested. I also sanded the grill and working on priming it too.

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Hood supports removed for cleaning and paint.
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BTW - I got a very nice JD 10 cart for $75 this morning! Posted Image Gotta get the 120 to go with it.

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 12:51 PM

Good looking tractor. The guy I got that round fender from has a 120. I didnt realize they were a 2 year only model. If my wife wont shoot me for it I better go down there and give him the 100 dollars for it. He also has a 140 h3 thats just the tractor. He wants 200bucks for that. My mistake when I picked up the round fender is I had the big trailer but my wife in the passengers seat. I had big plans of seeing howmany tractors I could get onto that trailer. LOL That one looks like a nice one though great find.

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 04:38 PM

If the 140 and 120 run I would risk an angry wife for that kind of ROI (return on investment) when it comes to JD tractors. As much as I love the RFs the hydro was the icing on the cake for me. If I had to choose one and only one it would be a hydro. I tell my wife the '66 will leave when the 120 is finished then I will restore the '67 that my grandfather purchased new.

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 07:13 PM

The 140 I can hear run the 120 turns over and has compression so I am sure it will run. This guy isnt a deere guy. These are projects the 75 year old has that will never get finished. He has about 400 garden tractors there that mostly are his restoration projects. LOL I stop to pick up a pair of tires he has and end up looking at all 5 john deeres out of the 400. Three of the 5 will be here. I am going back tuesday. He also has a couple of wheel horses that I am probably going to pick up. My wife thinks wheel horses are pretty so it will ease over the 2 new deeres. LOL With my luck he will sell them before I get there.

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 08:29 PM

sknap83,

For $300.00, you're getting both the 140 and 120. You can sell the 140 easily for $500-$600, and the 120 for around $400.00. Can't go wrong with them numbers! You have to make the deal, and if the wife says no, show her the numbers I just listed, and see if that will change her mind!

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Posted April 25, 2012 - 09:20 AM

Another update -

A friend picked up Valspar yellow paint for the wheels. I hope to paint the inner surfaces this weekend and mount the tires so I can paint the outer surfaces.

Got the deck out and looked it over with a second pair of critial eyes who welds. His observation is what I was afraid of - it rusted very thin many areas. So thin that there is not enough solid metal to weld the new patches to. I am going the strip the good parts (spindles, wheels, springs, etc) from the shell and scrap the rest. I have a lead on two decks to replace it. One is in St Louis but might take some time to get it. It was sold in the 80's as a replacement deck for a 140 and has little use. I have another one that is closer that I will likely pick up too. It is off of a Kohler 316.

Once I have the 120 up and going the '66 110 will be looking for a new home.

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Posted April 26, 2012 - 11:12 AM

The guy is about 1.5 hours south of me and I was in the area yesturday. I stopped and he sold them to me for 250.00s. They are bought and paid for. I have to go back with my trailer and get them next week when I am down there. I also picked up a wheel horse. I am not sure what model it is but all the sheet metal has been sandblasted and primered. Its a basket case but my wife liked that tractor. He sold me that one for 100 dollars. I left there spending 350 total and by the time I go back I maybeable to talk him out of the c-111 that he has with the 8 speed rear end. The motor is bad in that one but my wifes tractor needs an axle and the rest of the tractor is in almost showroom condition. Therefor her motor will go into that frame. I couldnt quite talk him out of it. Well I could but he threw a 400 dollar price tag on it. Im thinkin if he thinks about it and I can get it for 200 dollars which I dont think is to bad. Any way great work on the 120. When I start on my 112 I will keep a log like you have done. I have a 317 to get out of my yard and then a 300 thats coming in tomorrow thats going to fund part of the resto on the 112. I dont even want to touch it till I have a little extra money to throw at it. I know the other tractors I bought would have went a long way on the resto on this one but I couldnt pass these up.

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Posted April 28, 2012 - 10:40 AM

Got a bit more update info. Ran over to the local JD dealer across the river in Iowa and picked up a couple cans of buff primer, a can of blitz black, and a can of muffler black. I hope to paint the inner wheel surfaces today so I can mount the new tires. I was planning on painting the grill blitz black but am not sure if that is right.

Does anyone know the proper black for the grill and mule drive unit?

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Posted April 28, 2012 - 04:49 PM

Less chatter and more pictures LOL

Several coats of muffler black prettied this up a bit.
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Grill finished in Blitz black and don't really care if it is correct because I like the way it looks. :thumbs:
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Buff primer and yellow finding their new home.
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Paint on the inner surfaces.
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Posted April 28, 2012 - 05:26 PM

Moving right along there! Looks like you'll be putting things together before long! Good job!

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Posted April 28, 2012 - 07:15 PM

I am ready to mount up the new tires and see some more progress. I pulled the gas tank tonight and plan to get it ready for paint. I like the look of the Blitz black but the tank looks to be glossy. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

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Posted April 29, 2012 - 02:21 PM

I forgot what a pain it is to mount lawn mower tires. After stuff dries I will re-sand and tape off the tires followed by more primer and eventually paint. Slowly making progress.



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