Last summer I purchased a Ford 100 Lawn Tractor for $500. It came with the original paperwork, operator's manual, along with a snow blade and an additional mower deck. Unfortunately, the engine was locked up due to exposure to the elements. I hired a local mechanic to rebuild the motor and get the tractor going again. Unfortunately, due to health issues, he was forced to abandon the project.
I just finished moving all the parts back to my shop and am attempting to "restart" the project. I have some questions, so hopefully you all can point me in the right direction:
1. Any idea on the year of this tractor? Please see the serial plate photo.
2. Are there any good parts diagrams which could help me in disassembling and reassembling the unit? I was considering picking up this parts manual from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/100-Garden-Tr.../dp/B07J63C2QV
3. I was planning to focus on rebuilding the engine first. Once the engine is complete, then I was planning on focusing on the body. Has anyone documented a similar restoration project with step-by-step photos? I've searched and found a lot of "before & after" photos, but nothing that shows step-by-step with exception to isavetractors.com's Ford 120 restoration on Youtube. Even in those videos, it's pretty obvious that certain steps were glossed over (body work, total reassembly, etc.).
4. I noticed that the steering is very loose. Is there a rebuild kit or guide for this issue?
Many thanks in advance for your help and advice. I imagine I will be referring to this site frequently in the months ahead.