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    Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

    My name is Jason Gadsby, I am a retired Soldier/Disabled Veteran living in Texas. I am not an owner as of yet, but am hoping to be one soon after hearing the thoughts from all you experts out there. My Father in Law is selling his 97ish GT235 ride on. He is selling it fairly cheap because it needs some work. It does run, albeit a little rough as he has left it out doors for quite some time. The plastics will all need replacing, as well as the seat. There isnt really any rust to be spoken of, but I would be painting it again just to have a fresh tractor. I am experienced mechanically, having been a mechanic in the Army for 13 years. I can also paint, weld, etc etc. So my question to you all is, is it worth saving? The cost is around $250, and then the parts needed to fix her up like new. I am on a small lot now, but my wife and I are about to buy a 2 acre lot near Lake Whitney and will need a tractor. I am glad to be here, and even assuming you all tell me I am dumb and just buy a new one, it will still be green and yellow Thank you all and please dont pull any punches!
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    Thanks for being a Soldier.

    Before jumping into the "body work", you may want to check on prices of the plastic and/or fiberglass pieces that you need. Most of them are expensive. Most of the mechanical parts aren't bad and some can be obtained from other sources.
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    I have been doing some research, seems I can rebuild most of the tractor for under a grand. Tires are good, no drive train issues that I know, but a carb overhaul may be in it's future. I will run a compression test to see about the lower end. The kids love the thing too. Seems a waste to sell it because it wasn't taken care of... and one thing I have is time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Gadsby View Post
    Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

    My name is Jason Gadsby, I am a retired Soldier/Disabled Veteran living in Texas. I am not an owner as of yet, but am hoping to be one soon after hearing the thoughts from all you experts out there. My Father in Law is selling his 97ish GT235 ride on. He is selling it fairly cheap because it needs some work. It does run, albeit a little rough as he has left it out doors for quite some time. The plastics will all need replacing, as well as the seat. There isnt really any rust to be spoken of, but I would be painting it again just to have a fresh tractor. I am experienced mechanically, having been a mechanic in the Army for 13 years. I can also paint, weld, etc etc. So my question to you all is, is it worth saving? The cost is around $250, and then the parts needed to fix her up like new. I am on a small lot now, but my wife and I are about to buy a 2 acre lot near Lake Whitney and will need a tractor. I am glad to be here, and even assuming you all tell me I am dumb and just buy a new one, it will still be green and yellow Thank you all and please dont pull any punches!
    If the deck is solid and the trans works good, I wouldn't hesitate buying it. I bought my 01 back in 2013 for $1800 and it's served me well. Decided to repower it last fall as it was starting to use oil pretty bad-no idea how many hours were on it, no hour meter. Spent $900 on a new crate engine from small engine warehouse and it's like a new tractor all over again.

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    Welcome, Jason. This year my 85 years old FIL went to a rest home. He had a stroke, 15 years ago, in 2008 he purchased a CR125 and since that time, he damaged every edge he could reach.
    Now I'm the new owner of the CR125 and I will never restore this riding lawn mower - he always enjoyed the mower and so it's his heritage to me
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    Thank you all for the kind words. It was an honor to have served and do it again if called back.

    I understand not wanting to restore to maintain a legacy or memories. I have a lot of antiques in my house that we maintain to preserve their heritage and memories passed along with them.

    This tractor however does not fall into that category. It fell into disrepair because a new one was wanted and no care was taken. It's sad actually. A tool if properly taken care of will remain a useful tool for a long time. A neglected tool however.... sad days.

    I pulled the trigger and told the wife that the mission was a go. So, more to follow upon delivery everyone! Thank you all!
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    IMO, definitely worth the restore time and money.
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