So I was looking for a John Deere Garden Tractor and originally passed over this one. After coming up short for some others I decided to give this one a chance. The previous owner had owned it for a while (as opposed to nearly everyone else being flippers) and kept up the maintenance including hydro oil. It had new Gator blades, new front tires, and new belts. Down side is that the tractor needed a good cleaning and some parts. I am not replacing the hood yet, but probably will next year after I find a Piranha deck (if anyone knows of one...).
This tractor starts within a second even cold, is super smooth, plenty of power forward and reverse, no smoke, and the deck is quiet. Because of the body damage I got a very good deal on it. Here it is immediately after unloading:
First thing I ordered was a seat (I think off of a X something - came with new seat switch and hardware):
Now, it was missing the sideplates, rear bumperettes, headlight lenses, and the fuel tank was discolored and smelled. So I placed an order with GreenFarmParts and started the tear down this weekend. First up was fender deck removal and a thorough foaming and pressure washing:
At this point I moved the fender deck inside, ditched the remaining fenders (they were badly scratched), and broke out the buffer. After cleaning the mats I reinstalled them with new push clips:
Now it was starting to look good! I am not going for mint as it is a working tractor - just very well kept. I installing the side plates and headlight lenses that were missing:
The fuel tank should be here Wednesday. I ordered a bumper off of eBay (gentleman powder coats them in JD satin black, 3/8 steel) to protect the plastics in case of an accident - it will be here today. I need to order another strainer and I am going to replace the forward pedal while I am at it. The Home Maintenance Kit came and I am going to perform a full tune up just for piece of mind. The oil pressure switched has the slightest of leaks so that is getting replaced too. I found the top hood, bottom hood, and grill for 550.00 so may ask the wife for an early birthday present at the end of summer.
I will update more pics later this week!