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#1 AllisKidD21 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 18, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Well I neglected to post this on Tuesday, but I finally added a tractor to the collection I've been wanted for a while now.. a Ford LGT series!

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1972 LGT 125 to be exact, she's a real beaut!

The fella I bought it from had a newer carb, coil, condenser, and points on it, however they made such a messnof the wiring that there was no power going to the coil anymore:
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Not to mention the condenser was just hanging there by the wire, not grounded or anything. But before I got into that mess, I tinkered with a couple other things.

The steering wheel was removed when I got it and I could see how worn the upper column bushing was, so I pulled it and popped in a cheap ball bearing:

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Also the starter gear was stuck in the engaged position so I had to remove the starter to free it up:

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The right hand spindle was partially siezed, so I had to get it frees up and moving good. Then it needed a tie rod so I put one of my homemade ones on 'er:

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I did end up ripping the old wiring out and started on a temporary job just to get it cranking and running before the total rewire. Ran out of time though unfortunately, so I just pushed 'er into the shed 'til next time:

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Gonna be real fun to get it running and driving!!
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Posted December 18, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Nice project!


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Posted December 18, 2019 - 01:04 PM

Looks like a good project with great bones to work with. The paint even looks great.
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Posted December 18, 2019 - 03:02 PM

Good looking old 125!


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Posted December 18, 2019 - 04:43 PM

Thanks fellas! Yeah she's in pretty good shape overall.

Another thing I forgot to mention was that the original fuel tank had some small rust holes, and a previous owner had put some big ugly patches on it and covered them with a very uneven layer of black goop. Wasn't sure wether it leaked but I figured I could do a better job, so I peeled off what I could, wire wheeled it, and hit if with brake clean.

Used Permatex Fuel Tank Repair, seems like good stuff:

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Gonna let it cure overnight and see if it holds.
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Posted December 18, 2019 - 06:51 PM

Nice tractor....The wiring does look a mess, but I am sure you can figure it out. It's pretty basic back then. The white steering wheel, if original tells me it's a 1972. They only offered the white wheel that year I believe. Also, the fender pan should be blue, but someone likely painted it to match the wheel. 

I have 4 of those years of LGTs, from a 100 to a 165. They are real work horses. 

 

If you have any questions, fire away. 

 

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Posted December 18, 2019 - 06:57 PM

Also, I just looked at your engine pic. Someone has changed the engine. A 125 should have a K301 Kohler (12 hp)....Yours is a K241 (10 hp)......Don't fret though, the 10hp has plenty of umph...I use my 10 hp to run a tiller. 

 

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Posted December 18, 2019 - 08:12 PM

The pictures with the parts, are they in the bed of a Pug or maybe a Jacobson UV-4?

Just curious as I have a UV-4 & don't see them anywhere.

 

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Posted December 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Poncho, you're right it is in fact a 1972. Also I did notice the K241 model number, but it still has the 12hp sticker on the fuel tank bracket. Not sure wether the whole engine has been changed or just maybe the blower shroud. I'll have to check if I can see the number cast into the other side of the block behind the PTO.

Very nice LGT's you have by the way!

The pictures with the parts, are they in the bed of a Pug or maybe a Jacobson UV-4?
Just curious as I have a UV-4 & don't see them anywhere.
 
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Actually it's our Smithco Runaway:

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It's a pretty slick unit. All hydraulic drive with a big ol' Kohler K582 for a mill. We use it for all kinds of stuff around here, haha.
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Posted December 20, 2019 - 09:51 PM

Well sorry for the dark pictures again, but I made some good progress today!

Got the fuel tank and line in place, and installed a spare air cleaner assembly I had:

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The cover needs a touch of blue paint obviously, haha.

Then after giving the carb a quick clean, adjusting/cleaning the points, and fixing a bad ground, she was running!

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Took a lot of doing to get the carb tuned in right, it's one of those semi-fixed jet Walbro carbs instead of an older Carter one. Not really a fan of it so far, but it's tuned in alright now.

Anyways, then I made sure the trans fluid was full and went for a test drive!

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Unfortunately the steering wheel needs some repair before I use it, so I just had some knock-off Vise-Grips clamped on to the centre hub, haha.

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It was pretty fun to hear it run and drive it around for the first time! Next I'm gonna give the engine a much needed oil change and probably tinker with some other odds and ends.

Glad to have 'er running!
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Posted December 21, 2019 - 04:53 AM

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Poncho, you're right it is in fact a 1972. Also I did notice the K241 model number, but it still has the 12hp sticker on the fuel tank bracket. Not sure wether the whole engine has been changed or just maybe the blower shroud. I'll have to check if I can see the number cast into the other side of the block behind the PTO.

Very nice LGT's you have by the way!

Actually it's our Smithco Runaway:

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It's a pretty slick unit. All hydraulic drive with a big ol' Kohler K582 for a mill. We use it for all kinds of stuff around here, haha.

 

Now that's one I've never seen before.  A 3 wheeler more on on the lines of those green machines (can't think of the name).  Many machines like that were built for golf course maintenance.

 

Here is my UV-4 by Jacobson.

 

In the background, is that a Roto-Baler?

 

 


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Posted December 21, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Nice Jake! That looks like a handy machine.

Also you are correct on the Allis Roto-Baler, there are actually two sitting there. Haha.

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Posted December 21, 2019 - 10:30 PM

My father was an AC dealer in the 50's when I was a teenager.  Sold a few Roto-Balers but they weren't very popular here in hilly western PA for obvious reasons.

Yep that Jake is very useful.  It is my all purpose ATV & gets some use almost every day as I'm not getting any younger.

 

I do have a couple of Ford LTGs by the way.

 

Merry Christmas

 

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Posted December 22, 2019 - 12:07 AM

Thanks Skip, same to you!

I finally managed to get a picture of the ol' 125 in the daylight today:

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Changed the engine oil and fixed the loose muffler today, then I did some light harrowing as you can see. Just wanted to see how it handled that before I did anything major. Seems like the hydro is still nice and strong though, so I imagine it'll work just fine. Some day I will give it an oil and filter change as well.




Oh yeah, how do you like my custom steering wheel?

Hahaha.
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Posted December 22, 2019 - 06:23 AM

You can have that steering wheel....lol

 

As for changing that oil and filter. If you have the spin on filter, you are in luck. If you have the inline filter, you are not going to find one. Most guys take them off and wash them out. You could also convert it to a spin on. I did that on one of mine, got the parts at Princess Auto. 

 

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