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About this time last year I noticed a lawn tractor in the bed of my neighbors pickup. It’s was green so naturally it peaked my interest. He said it was his fathers and was headed for the dump. Rightfully so, this run of the mill L100 looked like it had been set on fire and rolled down a hill.
I’m sure I’m not alone here when I thought what a great birthday present this would make for my girlfriend.
We always joke about who gets to run my 2520 during yard chores and she always says she needs her own tractor. Perfect opportunity.
No hood, nor battery, or confirmation of the last time it ran or moved I pushed this “free” pile into my shop and started disassembly.
After the usual tune up, battery replacement, carb kit, etc I replaced the headgasket as it’s known for being bad on this model Briggs. Once I heard it run I could move on to the cosmetics. After searching for a used hood only to realize they were almost as much money as a new one, I sprung for a new hood and decals. My local Deere dealer loves me. All that was left was to put on the “new in the box” cover my neighbor found in his shed and top it off with a green bow.
She absolutely loved it. Now she can run around the yard on a somewhat inexpensive tractor with plants and mulch etc. (No that’s not a Deere cart as her middle name is jackknife)
Enjoy the pics!
 

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WELL DONE NICE SAVE, YES THE TRAILER IS NOT................AHEM................GREEN
BUT THEN AGAIN NEITHER IS THE ONE I USE AT HOME FOR CHORES.
NICE STORY THANKS FOR SHARING
 

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As you know I just finished (except for the tailgate) my 80 cart and the first question she asked is “so am I gonna be able to use this one around the yard or is this for display only?” I told her I was gonna bring some road cones home from work and set up a road course she would have to pass first. She’s a great sport lol....
 

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ACTUALLY THATS HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE WITH A TRAILER ON. MY POP DROVE TRACTOR TRAILER FOR YEARS AND MADE SURE WE AS KIDS UNDERSTOOD HOW TO DRIVE AND BACK UP WITH A TRAILER ON .I AM THANKFUL FOR IT EVERY DAY.
 

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Backing up a trailer is a great skill. I learned early in my driving career with a snowmobile trailer. But it wasn’t until I bought my first boat that I really perfected it. Nothing more embarrassing then not being able to back your boat straight down the launch ramp with 20 people watching. There isn’t a piece of equipment that I own that my girlfriend, Jennifer, can’t operate. She enjoys this stuff almost as much as I do!
 

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I would agree to that. My pop taught me to back up a trailer on a garden tractor when I was a kid. One of the skills I take pride in. And it can be entertaining standing at a boat launch watching some people try to back in!
 
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