WARNING, VERY LONG READ!
I ran into a gentleman the other day that I’ve known for 30+ years. He likes tractors and has a few in his barn. I bump into him every so often, could be 2-3 weeks or 2-3 months in between times. Now I was in his tractor barn about 5 years ago and couldn’t remember if he has any garden tractors, so I asked him. He answered “Yes, 2 110s & a 112”. I asked if they were round fenders and he said yes.
I told him that I bought a 1966 110 back in February that I was working on. He began to tell me about this front mounted PTO he has for the RFs and asked if I had ever seen one. I replied “only in pictures “. He tells me to stop over and check it out sometime.
Well about a week later I stop over and we go out to the tractor barn and I have to pull my napkin out of my pocket to keep wiping the drool off of my chin. 🤤
Anyway, before we wandered around he shows me the PTO sitting in a corner. He tells me that he got it from his father in law 14 yrs ago, who had it on a 112 and ran his hay elevator and silage auger with it. That’s where it has sat for the last 14 yrs., in the corner. He looks at me and says “I’m probably never gonna put it on so if you want it, you can have it”!!! 😳 HAVE IT??? Sure enough, he tells me that I can have it!
Well we start wandering around looking at tractors and I find the RFs stuck in between other tractors. The first one that I run across is a 65’. While looking at it I notice the sleeve hitch bracket bolted to the rear hitch plate and I say “this one had a sleeve hitch on it”. He replied “a what?”. I told him that it was the predecessor to the 3 point hitch, it enabled the use of a plow, disk, etc..
Now cut him some slack, he’s not into GTs, he likes big tractors. He just happens to have 3 RFs. I told him that mine didn’t have a sleeve hitch but I would like to find one for it someday, and get a plow.
So we wander around some more and come across a RF snow blower and mower deck. Sticking out from under a draft plate I spot the sleeve hitch. I said “there’s the hitch” and he said “where?” and I said “right there, that horse shoe looking thing”. His response was “I wondered what that was”.
Again, give him some slack…
He says “ I’m not gonna get a plow for it so if you want it, you can have it”!!!!!!!! 🤯 I told him that was very generous but I couldn’t take it without giving him something.
We continued to look around and as we came across his JD model L I remembered that I have a set of cast iron wheel weights for the models M, L and LA. So, I offered them as a trade and he agreed.
I went back a couple days later and gave him the weights and removed the necessary parts for the sleeve hitch.
I am very blessed to have this gentleman as a friend.
Apparently the previous owner replaced the small parts, one still has the Deere decal.
The big pulley is badly rusted. His father in law stored it sitting vertical on this pulley on the dirt floor of a barn.
I’m not sure if there’s a fix for it. Also the big pulley guard has been missing for decades.