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I got this tractor over a year ago, I knew I had no time for it but I wanted a round fender and the opportunity presented itself. Its been sitting in a barn under a tarp since I brought it home. The original owners manual came with it, there is a hand written maintenance log in it. The previous owner definitely had some troubles with the machine that make me concerned. The head gasket was replaced, then a few months later the head was replaced, and from the notes they never seemed to get it running again. That was in 1996. There was also a note about replacing broken gears in the transmission, sounds exciting.

Well, maybe I got more of a project than I wanted.

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First thing I noticed was the bare wires around the battery tray. I guess the key switch is bad, the yellow goes to the starter and the red with the spring clip supplies 12v to the coil. Judging by how deformed that yellow wire is, its been this way for some time. The wiring is just plain shot on this one. It does appear to have a newer voltage regulator, but it also seems to not be hooked up correctly. A problem for another day. The whole mess made me suspicious so I rigged up the hot wire and checked, yep there is good spark.

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Next was to check the fuel system. While the outside of the carb was very cruddy, the inside wasn't too bad. The fuel tank was empty and really pretty clean. However the sediment bowl was plugged full of corrosion and even had a hole in it, so it will be getting replaced.


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From here, I wanted to see if it would at least pop off if I tried to start it. I verified the engine was free, checked the oil where there was not a drop showing on the dip stick so I filled it up. I put a battery in and gave the starter a bump. The engine cranks over, clearly building some compression, but the starter generator is barely rolling the crank. I pulled the starter generator apart and the brushes seemed decent, like they may have been replaced previously. One had a really bad wear pattern, there was a lip on one edge, but the wires on both were very brittle. Clearly it had been overheated. Which brings us to yesterday. I ordered a new set of brushes and bearing from isavetractors and put them in the old starter generator. It passed a bench test, hopefully I can find some time in the near future to put the starter back in and see if the engine will pop off.

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Wow, what a cool project1 You never know what you are getting into with these old girls. I like the way you documented 'new brushes' on the starter! I picked up a RF110 last year and have not done anything other that putting good rubber on it. It was a barn find, seller knew nothing of it's history.
 
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Thanks, I never know how much time I'll have to spend on it but it'll eventually come around. I really want to get to a point I can mow with it. Not on a regular basis, but just have the option and then maybe see where that takes it.

This was being sold by the son of the original owner, he knew his dad really like the machine and kept it around for a while until he got tired of it being in the way I guess. He didn't know much about it, everything I have is old notes.
 
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You’ll fall in love with that tractor and then have a whole herd of them. At least another one, anyways. That happens to the best of us.
 
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There’s no fashion rules when piddling around with tractors! Haha


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I have a 1966 110 with the hydraulic lift. I too had to replace the headgasket. I wouldn't be intimidated by anything that has popped up so far. Looks like you know what you're doing and off to a great start. These are fairly easy and pretty fun to work on. I bought a service manual and it has really helped in my process of getting her up and running. In my opinion yours is a good candidate to be a survivor. I was on the band wagon to restore mine and get ag tires, but ended up just keeping it as is and using tubes. Either way it's yours and do what you like and have fun, as mentioned you'll have a whole herd real soon. Thanks for posting.
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