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x749 restoration......some assembly required

I just purchased a well used x749 yesterday. It had a small electrical fire in the engine compartment and fried the wiring, hood assembly, and radiator. It has been "temporarily" wired to prove the tractor runs, drives, and mows. Is there a wiring diagram for this engine and tractor? I would like to give a shot at repairing the harness rather than replace it for $450. I am also looking for a new hood+headlight+grill assembly. If anybody has one for sale or knows about one, I am interested.
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post #2 of 196 Old 07-26-2015, 11:11 AM
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Re: x749 restoration......some assembly required

Wow. If this beast is worth putting back together, do yourself a favor and get a technical manual for starters. It has all the wiring diagrams in it. Second, for the time, hassle, and potential errors, trying to patch a burned up harness is not worth the trouble. Get one from JD along with the headlight wiring harness.

X749's are out of print and somewhat sought after. If you got it cheap enough, it's worth sticking a few bucks into it and fixing it right......You'll still come out ahead. How many hours are on her?

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Re: x749 restoration......some assembly required

I was told it has 1200 hours, but won't know for sure until I get power to the dash.

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Re: x749 restoration......some assembly required

If you dont mind me asking what did you get it for? For roughly a grand you can have a nice running tractor. I would buy a wiring harness from deere and pick up a hood on ebay and re decal it if its not already for a 749.

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Re: x749 restoration......some assembly required

Is this one able to take a FEL?

Do you have the rear 540 pto and 3-point hitch?

That's an awesome machine, I hope you get it rebuilt well.

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If you dont mind me asking what did you get it for? For roughly a grand you can have a nice running tractor. I would buy a wiring harness from deere and pick up a hood on ebay and re decal it if its not already for a 749.
-I don't mind you asking, but before I tell you what I paid......what do you guys think it is worth?
-I have been looking on ebay with no luck. I will have to patient with that search.

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Is this one able to take a FEL?

Do you have the rear 540 pto and 3-point hitch?

That's an awesome machine, I hope you get it rebuilt well.
It can take a FEL with slight sub-frame modifications the way I understand it. I may try my buford loader on it to see if I like it. I don't have, or need, a rear pto. I do have a 3 point that will fit it. It also already has the shafts thru the front axle to drive a snowblower or sweeper. I just need the long shaft to connect the mid-pto to the front pto. So that seems like a nice extra.

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Looks like a nice project. X749's are all across the board in price....... so it is tough to say...

Hopefully the instrument cluster is in working condition and you can find out the hours.

The true test of skill is when you can put something back together and it works... not the dusty half disassembled pile of junk in the corner....

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The cluster "looks" ok. Once I look over the wiring diagram, I should be able to temp a hot and ground wire to see if it works. It would be nice to keep the original hour meter.

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Your my hero taking on that project, I'm sure it will be worth it to make it pretty again!

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Re: x749 restoration......some assembly required

What a cool little project! I would love to find something like that.

If it were me, I would just replace the wiring harness with a new one from JD. I'm assuming you probably got a good deal so that's why I suggest going with a new harness. Save yourself some headache. However there is manuals available and it's not an overly complicated system should you decide to tackle it.

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Re: x749 restoration......some assembly required

It looks like 80% of the harness is ok. It just needs everything around the engine replaced. It will be a couple months before I start the repairs. It will be used as a loader tractor for now. At least I don't have to worry about scratching it. Haha

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There is a X595 harness on ebay for $200. that might be the same part of close enough to work. I have seen a X7 on before and it was under $150.

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There is a X595 harness on ebay for $200. that might be the same part of close enough to work. I have seen a X7 on before and it was under $150.
Thank you very much for looking. I saw that one the other day. It is an AM132603 and this x749 needs an AM136618. I haven't studied them side by side, but there must be several differences due to the $140 price difference from deere. Again, thanks for keeping an eye out. If anyone has first hand knowledge on whether or not the x595 harness would work, I would love to hear it.

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-I don't mind you asking, but before I tell you what I paid......what do you guys think it is worth?
-I have been looking on ebay with no luck. I will have to patient with that search.
It's hard to guess how much, $500 ? So, how much did you pay?
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