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post #1 of 15 Old 10-08-2007, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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New Toy - 1973 John Deere 110

The other day I picked up an old John Deere 110 from a local farmer for free! I'm planning on fixing it up and using it as a lawn mower/utility tractor when we start building our new house. It had been sitting in the weeds behind his barn and when I asked him about it he said they had used it for mowing/moving trailers around and that they had bought it from the original owner about 10 years ago. The engine (10 HP Kohler) is on its second rebuild and is leaking oil pretty badly, but all the transaxle (cast iron Peerless-bombproof!) is fine. It has 4 forward gears and first is a granny low.

After we yanked it out of the weeds with a chain we used a come-a-long and some brute force to roll it up the ramps we brought. All of the tires were low on air and according to the specs I found online it weighs 750lbs! It just fit in my truck with the 48" cutting deck. I got it home, put some oil in it, charged the battery, gave it some gas and a shot of starting fluid and it fired right up! At about 9:00 at night I was flying up and down my road in 4th gear with the throttle pegged laughing like a 10 year old who just took his dad's tractor for a ride! I just ordered a shop manual for it and I'll start tearing it down on the weekends soon. I still don't know what to do about the engine, but those Hatz diesels are kinda nice...

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Sweet! That Kohler 10 hp is just about bulletproof. Being a late model it is one of the best mowers that John Deere ever made. It even has the electric lift option. The trans-axle is just about indestructible also. I spent much of my youth on a 112 just like that 110 of yours mowing 3.5 acres of grass every week.

My son is 7 now and I have been thinking about getting him a 110 or 112 so he can do some garden tractor pulling. I hope you have a hood for that thing because good ones are very hard to come by these days. Also those rear tires look like they are original.
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Thats Mr. Oil Leak.....

 
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hahaha heck of a deal!!

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nice man! great find!
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Neat.

We have an old Gravely 8122G with a 12HP Kohler on her, pretty big deck I think around 52 inches. Probably around 20-25 years old. A ton of hours cutting, not to mention pulling a the trac vac around, and other random trailers loaded with stuff.

She still runs real good.
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Cool

I have a 1963 John Deere 110. I had a guy offer me $5000 for it so I decided to keep it after I did a lil research on the old ones.
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nice deal..

I had a 111 with the 11hp Briggs was OK but not a kohler

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Is it even worth it???



 
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Those are nice tractors. Unless you really need a power upgrade... the 10 hp Kohler is a good engine.

The hoods are part of what makes them classic... you should really try to find one!!

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How do you plan on adapting that vertical engine to the horizontal Deere chassis?
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