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I've had this little tractor for about 30 years, my grandparents gave it to me when I was about 8. I could barely start it when I first got it!
My grandfather had done a lot of work in his garden with it over the years. I'm not sure exactly when he bought it, but it wasn't too old when he did. I got a single bottom plow, a set of discs, a cultivator and a homemade trailer with it. I drove it around the yard a lot growing up. It had definitely seen a lot of use, the front wheel bushings were completely worn out.
Over the last few months, I did a rebuild on the tractor. I replaced all of the bearings and bushings on the tractor, rebuilt the original Kohler K160, painted it, and put new tubes and tires all around. The steering is nice and tight now, re-bushing the front wheels made a huge difference. It's not completely factory original, but it's basically how I got it.
At some point it got an electric start kit, but the starter/generator and regulator have disappeared over the years. My dad says it's around his place somewhere... It also had a plate added to the back of the frame to use as a trailer hitch.
I had a lot of fun on the rebuild, and plan on using it to plow the garden and pull the trailer around the yard.
Here is a link to the rebuild thread if anyone is interested:
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