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  1. johndeereelfman

    johndeereelfman Member Staff Member

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    That the 1966 Model 110 was almost released with paint color changes? The Dreyfuss organization suggested to Deere the following changes in the finish, if they wish to distinguish the 1966 model from prior year models:

    *Paint the grill, cowl, and implement attaching ears yellow.

    *Use black letters in the John Deere decal.

    *Chrome plate the lift and variator levers and the air intake screen on the starter/generator belt guard.

    *Place a medalion on the grill.

    Since no known paint changes have been released, at least to my knowledge, there were other changes that occurred:

    1. A clutch over-ride device has been added to the clutch linkage. This makes braking faster at low engine speed, and variator adjustment easier.

    2.A tapered, adjustable bearing for the pivot is used to reduce lost motion in the steering linkage. As wear occurs on the pivot, the play can be taken out by adjusting the cone bearing.

    3. The geometry of the implement lift linkage has been improved so less effort is required to lift the implement.

    4. Hydraulic lift has now been added as a factory option. The hydraulic lift option will provide finger tip control, and the system will lift any attachment which utilized the standard manual lift lever. It will not handle the loader. The hydraulic system is double acting and operates at a pressure of 700 psi and has a capacity of 1.6 gpm @ 3600 rpm engine speed. The hydraulic lift option was recommended for tractors that will have a lot of use with the 42 Blade, 36 Snowthrower, or rear mounted tillage tools.

    5. "Variable Speed" has been added to the dash decal.

    6. Hydraulic lift version 110's will be designated as a Model 110H.

    As for attachments that year, not much was introduced, however, here is what I found:

    *Air Pruning Equipment was introduced and made available for the use with the 110 Tractor equipped with the Model 20 Air Compressor. There were 3 models to choose from at the time, 2 for orchard or tree trimming use, and 1 hand pruning shear. These units were manufactured by:

    Miller Robinson Company Los Angeles, California

    *Two Electric Generators were also introduced that year, for standby and portable power. Both units mounted to the front of the 110's implement mounting ears, and ran off of the tractors engine drive pulley by a belt. The units included alternators of 1000 and 2000 watt capacity. These units were manufactured by:

    Pioneer Gen-E-Motor Corp. Electric Generator Division Chicago, Illinois
     
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  2. Kster526

    Kster526 Well-Known Member

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    Great info, is this something you read about or recite from memory. You my friend are a wealth of information and continually amaze me with the information you provide all of us with. Thank you for your effort

    I think the  L&G Mag had one of these with those changes in a awhile ago. I may be wrong but I remember one of Pops issues before I was getting it had a RF with the chrome handles and yellow grill and it was listed as a prototype . 
     
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  3. johndeereelfman

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    Actually Kyle, one of our fellow members here, pullin400 (Mark) has painted one of his '66 110's like the description above. I haven't see it other than in pictures that he sent me, but from what I can tell, he did a beautiful job on it. You may have seen his tractor in the Lawn and Garden Magazine, as he attended the 50th Anniversary Show a couple years ago, and they featured a picture of his tractor in the article. I'm still tossing the idea around as to whether or not I do one like it. I'd rather let Mark have all of the fun of creating his one of kind tractor, then to do one myself. It'd be like competing.
     
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  4. johndeereelfman

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    Here's a picture of Mark's '66 110 that he painted Kyle:

    Mark Vail 110.jpg

    Due to the cut and paste, it won't re-size to a bigger picture, so you won't be able to see much detail, however you can get a general idea as to what the idea looks like.
     
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  5. SelectOSpeed

    SelectOSpeed Well-Known Member

    What was the "Dreyfuss Organization" ?
     
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    SelectOSpeed Well-Known Member

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  7. johndeereelfman

    johndeereelfman Member Staff Member

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    I would have answered you John, but I wasn't sure myself. Sorry buddy, but Thanks for coming through on the History! 
     
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  8. Brian1967

    Brian1967 New Member

    I would love to know how to adjust the cone bearing, because I have quite a bit of play in my steering. Time to break out the service book.

    Interesting fact about the variator and clutch linkage.
     
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  9. Brian1967

    Brian1967 New Member

    Interesting color scheme.
     
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  10. Kster526

    Kster526 Well-Known Member

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    If that info is true about what Mother Deere was thinking then its spot on.
    I like individuality with a restoration too.
    If my Elfian friend said it was a good resto then I'd have to agree having never seen it but knowing his taste and how particular he is about green things.
    I would say the tractor thought very highly of since they actually put pics of it in an article in LGT mag