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    125 Automatic complete overhaul/rebuild

    I bought a 125 Automatic for a couple hundred bucks and knew it would need alittle work, but after I started ripping into it, realized that it needs to be completely rebuilt. The tractor has 160 hours on it. It starts and sounds good. The problem is that the previous owner had it sitting outside and everything is rusted. I don't think the previous owner has ever did any maintenance to the tractor. The most difficult time I've had is getting the console off. The bolts were completely rusted and it was such a tight space to get any wrenches or sockets in there. I ended up having to use a grinder to cut two of them off. I had to drill and tap them out. The tires are dry rotted. The front spindles/steering don't move, completely seized. The deck needs work. So I started buying parts, luckily there's a John Deere dealership down the road where I can get parts. So far I've done the following:

    Click here for the album. JD 125 Automatic build - Album on Imgur

    Replaced muffler.
    Replaced front spindles and put bearings in front tires.
    Got free replacement tires and had them mounted
    Striped deck and painted it.
    Replaced deck spindles, springs, tension springs and pulleys.
    Replaced transmissions pulleys and belt.
    Dropped tranny and replaced fluid with 5w-50
    Replaced steering bushing, sector and gear

    So far I've spent $300 in parts. I'm close to done, just have to finish putting it all together. Will post an update soon.
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    Welcome to the forums from New Brunswick, Big project but looks like it will be a nice machine once completed.
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    Well, I've finished the tractor, but after I got everything back together I noticed that the engine smoked a little. So I removed the heads and changed the head gaskets, and that fixed it! Tractor now runs great. Overall this project was fun and I learned alot, would I do it again, probably not, just spent alot of time on it.Click image for larger version. 

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    Nice job! You got guts man!

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    Looks like a brand new tractor. Good job. It was a crying shame that tractor looking like that with only 160 hours on it.

    Got any more pictures?
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    2014 X540 with HDAP tires, 54" deck, brush guard, arm rests and cargo bag.
    JD 48" plow with angle from seat kit & heavy duty skid shoes.
    4 suitcase weights and chains.
    JD tow behind spreader.
    JD 42" lawn sweeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H-D dealer dude View Post
    Looks like a brand new tractor. Good job. It was a crying shame that tractor looking like that with only 160 hours on it.

    Got any more pictures?
    Yes, check out this album: JD 125 Automatic build - Album on Imgur

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    Quote Originally Posted by chochy View Post
    Yes, check out this album: JD 125 Automatic build - Album on Imgur

    You went off on that thing.
    2014 X540 with HDAP tires, 54" deck, brush guard, arm rests and cargo bag.
    JD 48" plow with angle from seat kit & heavy duty skid shoes.
    4 suitcase weights and chains.
    JD tow behind spreader.
    JD 42" lawn sweeper.
    JD 10P cart.
    JD JS61 RWD walk behind mower.
    Stihl KM110 power head with pole saw, shaft extension, power scythe, curved shaft edger, 2 straight shaft cutters (string & blade).
    Stihl MS180-CBE 16" saw.
    Stihl SH86C hand held blower vac.

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