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This will be my story of needed something to do!

My first modification was the 67-112 I bought off Ebay.

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The engine was an HH100 Tecumseh, but not correct as the crankshaft was not the right size for jd. So I decided to make some modifications to my liking. First came the narrow wheels & tires, I found a pair of narrow 12" & used lug tires on them for the rear. For the front, wheelbarrow wheels & hay tedder tires. The headlights were 12V sealed beams I'd had for work lights on a previous pickup. Muffler was from a Cub Farmall, front weights were some pieces of 1" x 3" stock I'd gotten on the rear of the 65-110 I had.

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Next came a swinging drawbar & 3-pt hitch:

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This tractor was later sold to a friend who made a mini-B out of it:

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Next, came the L/60 Custom!

It started out by me going to an area hospital for some tests, picked up a "Thrifty Nickle" paper to go through while waiting & found an ad under "farm" for a jd 60 lawn tractor, "best offer over $85". Since I'd been put under for the test, I wasn't allowed to drive the rest of the day, but the wife offered to take me. I called the number, guy gave me directions to the house across the road!/??? We got there & found this:

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I made the deal & paid the guy $90 for it & told him I'd be back the next morning after it, since I didn't have a trailer with me. He told me if I needed help loading, he had a "hefty daughter" that would help load it! I made sure I had everything I needed, including my portable winch. Backed up as close as I dared to the 60, winched it on & got the Heck outa' there before that "hefty daughter" showed up!!! Took this picture as I was leaving:

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I tied it down a half mile down the road!

The little 60 had a blown replacement engine & by the time I got to it, there were no "direct replacements" available. So it was time for some ingenuity!

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My first thought was a 4010/420, then the idea of a min model 62/unstyled L. Found a used 8HP Briggs locally for $50,

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Set of narrow 12" rims on the internet, wheelbarrow wheels for the front. Rear hubs were worn 110/112 hubs I had, took them to the local machine shop & had them bored out & key ways cut.

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Hood is a piece of sheet aluminum I had on hand: View attachment 750

Muffler is a standard small engine "cigar" muffler with a piece of exhaust pipe over it.

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Rear fenders are trailer fenders:

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Completed tractor:

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I once overheard a couple older men talking about it at a show, one said "I worked for John Deere x# of years, didn't know they made one like that"!
 
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Very nice conversions, Lowell!  I know the dangerous story of needing something to do.  Things start getting strange fast around this operation when I need something to do and have enough wrenches, oxygen and acetylene, and duct tape!

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Yes, having a heated garage would help me greatly! When I'm bored and looking for something to work on, my wife takes advantage of me and gives me projects to do in the house, because she knows it's too cold outside to do anything! 

I'd like to try a custom or modified tractor some time. I have a couple of parts tractors around here that I could start with, but determining what model to represent is a tough decision. 
 

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Advance to 2009, I had another project in mind for parades! I found this 317 "rolling chassis" at an auction, $40:

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Then picked up an 18HP Kohler "Command" from a salvaged Miller welder:

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$200, after that, I quit keeping track of costs!

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Next was to make sure the hydro worked OK;

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Since I needed more frame to extend mine, I ran an ad in CL for another frame. Found one that came fro the same auction & used it for the main frame, cut 28-1/2" off the back of the first one & welded it to the full frame.

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Local machine shop made the longer drive shaft, hydraulic line were extended with custom hoses. Fenders for the front wheels, turn with the wheels:

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ATV bumper off Ebay, cut to width & attached with front attachment pins:

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Custom exhaust from the local muffler shop:

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Double seat with aftermarket jd two-cylinder cushions:

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Gray color was just to be different & I liked the color!

Running boards are made from used pickup boards, I shaped them & had them welded at local muffler shop:

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Manual tilt bed was made from White Oak from our farm:

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Stainless steel fire extinguishers for the working saddle tanks:

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jd mud flaps off ebay:

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Used it to pull a line of jd carts in parades:

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I've since sold the 317 & all those carts & pedal tractors, just too much work hauling them to shows & parades!
 
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Nice job on the custom Lowell. I like the under slung exhaust, especially with the muffler. I see so many guys going with straight pipe now days, but yet they wear hearing protection. If the exhaust is hard on the ears, then why run the straight pipe? Don't make much sense to me. 

I like the saddle tanks. Really gives off an added touch. Are the front wheel fenders trailer fenders, or did you custom fabricate them? Just an all around nice look. Good job! 
 

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Thanks!

Yes, the fenders are trailer fenders.  Picked the extinguishers up at a flea market for $5 /each, plus an extra to make the strapping to fasten them on.
 
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Do you regret selling off the collection yet? I can't imagine it was easy to sell off a collection that took quite a while to collect, in just a couple of weeks. The parade train was almost like your trademark. 
 

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Do you regret selling off the collection yet? I can't imagine it was easy to sell off a collection that took quite a while to collect, in just a couple of weeks. The parade train was almost like your trademark. 
Not really, when i get ready to sell something, I'm ready fro something else!
 
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Latest of my modifieds was the 70 I (Industrial). It started as an idea I had for what a John Deere Industrial lawn tractor might look like. I ran an ad on CL for a non-running 60, 70 or 100 lawn tractor, within an hour, I had four calls. Ended up with the 1 & 1/2 tractors pictured:

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Later, I sold the complete one for what I paid for both!

The 1/2 tractor was what I wanted for the project:

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I took it down to the bare frame:

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It took some frame trimming to fit the 12-1/2 HP Briggs from an old MTD "Yardman" mower to fit & I welded the engine mounting plate from the MTD into the 70 frame:

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The front "grille plate" had to have a hole cut (with hole saw) to fit the spark plug:

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Outer grille made from expanded metal:

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Paint is jd "Old Construction Yellow" Front tires are "saw tooth" style, rears are as close as I could find to "R4's" in an 8" tire.

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Footrests came from the MTD:

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Front bumper fits the "attachment bracket", wheel weights are "barbell" weights:

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The toolbox was made from a pattern I found for the original (optional) box for the 60's/70's:

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Found a jd front blade I could adapt to fit:

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Had to modify the lift linkage to clear the 12-1/2 HP engine:

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Used a low-back black seat to match the tractor, makes a very handy tractor for towing:

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This is a cool creation.  I appreciate the foot rests as it has always felt the 60/70/100 needed them when used on a regular basis... probably because I am short.

It also renews my desire to do a patio RF 110.
 
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