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    The money pit

    I started this project back in 2005. My dad, grandpa and I drove about two hours south of St.Louis and bought it from an older gentleman (I can't remember his name) and Tyler Buchheit who now writes articles for Green magazine and has a Facebook page devoted to vintage John Deere plows. I was trying to find a "cheap" restoration project But I was happy with my purchase and couldn't wait to restore it. I first had the goal to restore to expo quality so I immediately started taking it apart. I now regret not trying to get it running first to see where it stood mechanically instead of tearing into it.
    The first pic is as it sat when I looked at it, second pic is my grandpa and Mr. Buchheit, and the 3rd is my dad and grandpa.
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    2016 1025r TLB, H120 loader with 53" bucket, Piranha tooth bar, Ken's hooks, 54" mechanical lift deck/auto connect & mulching kit, 260 backhoe with 12" bucket, Titan pallet forks, County line post hole auger
    1987 318, 50" deck

    Reluctant member of hitting the Rops on the garage door TWICE
    (Gone but not forgotten) 1947 John Deere D, 1984 318, 1985 430
    Stihl MS290 20" bar
    Stihl FS110 Trimmer
    Stihl BR350 Backpack blower

    99 Honda Foreman S

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    Welcome to the club.

    I will easily have three to four times what my 60 is worth restoring it. To me, it wasn't about what it's worth. It's an American icon. A family heirloom. My Grandfather's favorite tractor. Even if I turned it into a mailbox, it's worth more to me than what someone would offer me for it.

    My hat's off to you sir. Grab that bull by the horns. Save some history. Enjoy the ride and the outcome of your project.


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    2720 w/ 200CX FEL
    , Ken's weld-on hooks, Fit Rite Hydraulics Top and Tilt kit, Artillian forks.
    1954 60 - getting full restoration, 1964
    110 round fender in the shop for crustoration
    Ferris IS3200Zzero turn mower

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    The gas tank was pretty darn clean!
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    2016 1025r TLB, H120 loader with 53" bucket, Piranha tooth bar, Ken's hooks, 54" mechanical lift deck/auto connect & mulching kit, 260 backhoe with 12" bucket, Titan pallet forks, County line post hole auger
    1987 318, 50" deck

    Reluctant member of hitting the Rops on the garage door TWICE
    (Gone but not forgotten) 1947 John Deere D, 1984 318, 1985 430
    Stihl MS290 20" bar
    Stihl FS110 Trimmer
    Stihl BR350 Backpack blower

    99 Honda Foreman S

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    2720 w/ 200CX FEL
    , Ken's weld-on hooks, Fit Rite Hydraulics Top and Tilt kit, Artillian forks.
    1954 60 - getting full restoration, 1964
    110 round fender in the shop for crustoration
    Ferris IS3200Zzero turn mower

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    There were a few parts missing so I purchased a starter, generator, the seat assembly, rear rims and tires. I had the head rebuilt with new valves, guides and springs.
    There was a ton of rust scale in the radiator, water pipe and in the jacket of the block.
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    2016 1025r TLB, H120 loader with 53" bucket, Piranha tooth bar, Ken's hooks, 54" mechanical lift deck/auto connect & mulching kit, 260 backhoe with 12" bucket, Titan pallet forks, County line post hole auger
    1987 318, 50" deck

    Reluctant member of hitting the Rops on the garage door TWICE
    (Gone but not forgotten) 1947 John Deere D, 1984 318, 1985 430
    Stihl MS290 20" bar
    Stihl FS110 Trimmer
    Stihl BR350 Backpack blower

    99 Honda Foreman S

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    That was about as far as I got back in 2007. I had some life changing events. My son was born in 06, I got divorced in 08, I changed careers, sold my house and moved back in my with dad until I could get back on my feet.
    After moving it 3 times over the years I finally brought it back to my new house to start working on it again, 9 years later. And luckily I now have the coolest wife in the world who supports my hobbies and goes to tractor shows with me.
    I have some newer pictures on my phone but now I can't remember my new password to log in Damn security breach! I'll post a few more pics when I can.
    2016 1025r TLB, H120 loader with 53" bucket, Piranha tooth bar, Ken's hooks, 54" mechanical lift deck/auto connect & mulching kit, 260 backhoe with 12" bucket, Titan pallet forks, County line post hole auger
    1987 318, 50" deck

    Reluctant member of hitting the Rops on the garage door TWICE
    (Gone but not forgotten) 1947 John Deere D, 1984 318, 1985 430
    Stihl MS290 20" bar
    Stihl FS110 Trimmer
    Stihl BR350 Backpack blower

    99 Honda Foreman S

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    If it's got tits, tires, timber, or terabytes...it will cost you in more ways than one.

    Have fun with your project.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Bringing the tractor from my grandparents house to mine.
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    2016 1025r TLB, H120 loader with 53" bucket, Piranha tooth bar, Ken's hooks, 54" mechanical lift deck/auto connect & mulching kit, 260 backhoe with 12" bucket, Titan pallet forks, County line post hole auger
    1987 318, 50" deck

    Reluctant member of hitting the Rops on the garage door TWICE
    (Gone but not forgotten) 1947 John Deere D, 1984 318, 1985 430
    Stihl MS290 20" bar
    Stihl FS110 Trimmer
    Stihl BR350 Backpack blower

    99 Honda Foreman S

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    A couple pics of bringing it home.
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    2016 1025r TLB, H120 loader with 53" bucket, Piranha tooth bar, Ken's hooks, 54" mechanical lift deck/auto connect & mulching kit, 260 backhoe with 12" bucket, Titan pallet forks, County line post hole auger
    1987 318, 50" deck

    Reluctant member of hitting the Rops on the garage door TWICE
    (Gone but not forgotten) 1947 John Deere D, 1984 318, 1985 430
    Stihl MS290 20" bar
    Stihl FS110 Trimmer
    Stihl BR350 Backpack blower

    99 Honda Foreman S

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    I took the pistons out and measured the bore and the pistons. Everything checked out within tolerances. I have now changed my approach from trying to do a perfect restoration to just putting it back together and enjoying before my kids get to old!
    I had a ton of carbon to clean from the pistion rings, and that stuff is tough to remove! I then honed the cylinders.
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    mjncad, Gizmo2, DRobinson and 7 others like this.
    2016 1025r TLB, H120 loader with 53" bucket, Piranha tooth bar, Ken's hooks, 54" mechanical lift deck/auto connect & mulching kit, 260 backhoe with 12" bucket, Titan pallet forks, County line post hole auger
    1987 318, 50" deck

    Reluctant member of hitting the Rops on the garage door TWICE
    (Gone but not forgotten) 1947 John Deere D, 1984 318, 1985 430
    Stihl MS290 20" bar
    Stihl FS110 Trimmer
    Stihl BR350 Backpack blower

    99 Honda Foreman S

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