Want a J.D. 430 GT some time soon. Looking real hard for one in good shape. The wife says I need to get rid of at least 2 before she will let me buy another. ( me thinks she is afraid of losing her garage space )
My wife's late father built this thing many years ago. Some of her favorite memories are of riding "put-put" with her father. When her father became ill 7 years ago, he parked it behind the house under a tree. In the next two years, his condition worsened, and he passed on. All this time, no one was really thinking about the tractor. My mother-in-law sold 99% of his tools, to help cover bills and such, but I begged her not to sell "put-put", as it really was all my wife had left of her father.
Last year after getting the ok from my mother-in-law, and 6 years after sitting outside, I went to take a look at the beast. I have never had any experience with tractors, and really had to research this one, as no one even knew the make of it due to the many homemade parts.
Well, secretly I started. I squirted some Marvel oil down the cylinders, and tried to turn over the motor manually....No go. I had to budge it little by little every week. I cleaned the carb and radiator, changed plugs and wires, and.....................VICTORY!!!!
I drove the badboy home 4 miles, parked it in the garage, then surprised my wife when she got home!!! It was AWESOME! She took it for a ride around the yard and everything!
After I use it a bit this summer, I will media blast it, paint it, and decal it up.
freetown fred wrote:Outstanding--she sounds sweet--I swear by Marvel Mystery Oil--I've freed up old panheads,knuckleheads,etc & at least one old Allis WD 45---with all that add on stuff you've got to name her the BEAST
Very Nice. That is all GOOD stuff!
She will always be "put-put" to my wife, but I will secretly call her.....THE BEAST.
I still need a few odds and ends before I put her to work this summer. Mainly left and right brake pedals....lol
One old guys thought---you can't beat an old Allis--that C is just the right size for damn near anything--be careful w that narrow front end w/ all those extra attachments---slow & easy wins all the races & a good dose of common sense,which I suspect you have,hell you got her up & runnin
Picked up another one. This one was my cousins father-inlaws who passed away a few years ago. It has been sitting in a shed for about 8 years now. It ran when parked, but we had to push it on the trailer. Looks to be all there, but the weather has done a number on it. Lots of heavy surface rust.
So put this one on my list of 'to be restored.' It shouldn't take much to make it run, but will take alot of work to make it work good and look pretty
1950's John Deere 40C, 5 Roller with an ATECO loader
I have a lube question. I just bought a brush cutter for my kubota. It's a mongrel. I bought it used and cheap and it didnt have a manual. Does anyone know what is typically run in the gear box. I think what is in it is too thin. I would have guessed that it would have been 90w. Thanks, Steve