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OK Folks,
Here's my situation... I have a grandson that is a tractor nut and he wants me to restore a vintage lawn tractor for him. He's my grandson, you know I will do ANYTHING for him, but I am stuck on which one to restore. Here is what I have to chose from: 1965 JD 110, 1966 JD 110, 1967 JD 112 and a 1967 JD 112H. I have others but these 4 are in really good shape and appear that they will require very little to restore. Mind you, that when I say "restore", it's a ground up, full restoration project. I want him to have a really nice round fender JD, something he will keep long after I am gone. So, with that in mind, I am asking everyone out there to give me your .02 cents worth and thoughts as to which one I should do for him. He is only 3, but don't let that fool you.... your thoughts?
 

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I would pick one that would have the highest change of being completed if replacement parts are needed or might be hard to locate.
 

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believe it or not, but they are all in extremely good condition.... all the metal parts are there, not dented up or rusted through. Actually, they all have minimum surface rust on them. ALL the hoods are cracked as are most older JD's but, it's fiberglass, which goes without saying....
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The two 110s have the K181 which is easier to source parts if needed. Having owned all those that you listed I like the 110s better than the 112 with the Tecumseh engine and Walbro carbs. But the most unique in my mind is the 112H as long as the pump still works and isn’t leaking.


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I agree with small job. I’d probably go for the 65 110 so that he can keep it going long into the future.
 

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I think that I am in agreement with you guys... the 110's are easier to get parts for (the kohler). think that my mind is made up, 110 it is, plus I can save the 112H for a rainy day... like today. thanks for the input from everyone!
 

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I'd go with the '65 110. :thumbup1gif:
 

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65 110 gets my vote as well.

A 140 H3 though not listed would allow him to operate it sooner and are always sought after.
 

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I know nothing about the 110's and 112's, but I do have 3 vintage grandsons, so whatever you restore make sure he helps.:greentractorride:

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The oldest 110. My Dad bought a first year model. He had friend that was in sales at the JD Industrial dealer. They were given four to sell when JD decided to enter the lawn tractor market. 1964?

The dealer owner took one, the salesman took one, that left two to sell. My Dad bought one and an all metal two wheel dump cart. I never knew what he paid, he never talked money matters with us kids.

I have no idea what ever happened to it. He had it when I moved out, but later it was gone. :dunno:
 

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I'd also go with the '65 110. Long-term, it should have the greater collector value. RF GT's seem to be the Holy Grail for collectors, the more original and older, the better. My first Deere was a 66 RF; at the time (27 years ago), I was totally ignorant of the collectability of lawn machines and Deere in particular. So, in my colossal ignorance, I sold mine once I bought a new machine. Now, I'd love to have another, would gladly trade both the 200 series machines I have for one RF 110.
 

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Back in 1966, I was 13 years old and my family on a trip west from Michigan, stopped at Mr. Hanson farm. Mr. Hanson was the president of Deere & Co. In his front yard was a brand new 1966 110 RF. He fired it up, told me to hop on and I was in heaven! That's all I could think about was the possibility of owning one. However they were way out of our price range. We ended up with a 6hp Sears Custom. Well 53 years later I was able to purchase a 1966 RF with light kit and a rota tiller. All original, it was purchased locally at the local hardware store/John Deere dealership in 1966. The friend I bought it from, as I was loading it on the trailer stated "They are only original once!" So, I know they look spectacular fully restored, and I sure have given it some thought, but I think I'll stick to my guns and keep it original. Time will tell if it is the right decision.
 

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I did projects with son and grandson and here are some pointers I learned

1. Keep your hands in your pockets and let him/her do all the work . . . they learn more by doing and less by watching

2. Get a bunch of boxes, one for each sub-assembly and make sure that the parts that are removed are placed in the correct box

3. Have him take dozens of pictures as it is taken apart and reassembled . . . fantastic reference

4. Make sure you have a good manual and make them read it and then explain in their own words what they are going to do

5. If you have the time and space do a tractor while they are restoring theirs . . . do not get too far ahead of their project as that will discourage them

6. Have a parts washing bucket and get them their own gloves and face shield

7. Save 15 minutes at the end of each session to discuss what they did and to congratulate them on those tasks that they did well . . . be positive and identify things they did well

8. Make sure they have fun and that they see that you enjoy working with them

9. Get a commitment as to when the next work session will be

Remember that you will be making memories for them and yourself . . . make sure they are good memories
 

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Those are great stories guys and I appreciate you sharing them with me. I have given it much thought since my last post and I am going with the 65 110. I have 3 grandson's and 1 granddaughter. I have 2 that are total GT nuts and the other 2 are not as addicted as their cousins are. the 2 nuts are getting the 110 and the 112H... the other grandson is getting the 2nd 110 and the granddaughter, welllllll…… SHE has decided that SHE wants one of the 111's that I have in storage, but wants it pink. What's a Papa to do? I never thought that I would see the day that I would paint any tractor anything other than it's true color, but this IS my only granddaughter, so, guess what she is getting. She said to me, "you know papa, tractors ain't for just boys and besides, girls look better on them than boys".... Who am I to argue with that! 3 Round fenders in JD green and yellow and one that's going to be a serious girl tractor. Pic's will follow soon..... it's going to be fun.
 

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Those are great stories guys and I appreciate you sharing them with me. I have given it much thought since my last post and I am going with the 65 110. I have 3 grandson's and 1 granddaughter. I have 2 that are total GT nuts and the other 2 are not as addicted as their cousins are. the 2 nuts are getting the 110 and the 112H... the other grandson is getting the 2nd 110 and the granddaughter, welllllll…… SHE has decided that SHE wants one of the 111's that I have in storage, but wants it pink. What's a Papa to do? I never thought that I would see the day that I would paint any tractor anything other than it's true color, but this IS my only granddaughter, so, guess what she is getting. She said to me, "you know papa, tractors ain't for just boys and besides, girls look better on them than boys".... Who am I to argue with that! 3 Round fenders in JD green and yellow and one that's going to be a serious girl tractor. Pic's will follow soon..... it's going to be fun.
that's a great story right there:bigthumb::munch:can't wait for more posts along with the pics of the grand kids standing beside their tractors:good2:
 
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