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Background: I found this on CL on Wednesday, called about it. We talked about some details, I beat him down on price as far as I could (which was NOT much) and then told him I would let him know later on... Emailed him at 11 that night to accept the deal. Luckily (I hope) I did because he got several calls Thursday morning wanting the tractor... Met up tonight and we finished the deal. Guy was super nice but I don't think he knew much about GT's. He didn't know how to use the parking brake, didn't know the seat was adjustable and as you will read he didn't know the right year. From the way he talked his son does though. And yes, the other JD in the CL add pic's is his sons h1.

As of now: So now it's in the garage and I'm happy with the purchase and I hope this thing is a work horse for me. I think I got my money's worth out of the rear ag tires and the mower deck. The CL add said it was a 1972 model, according to this: http://www.weekendfreedommachines.com/info/index.php it is a later 1969 model which is backed up by the previous page on that site that states that drum brakes are on '71 - '74 models (this one has disc's).

I can see it being next winter's rebuild. I needs a REALLY good washing. The hydro and everything else underneath is caked with dry dirt. So I believe the hydro system is sealed up. The engine has an oil leak from somewhere near the intake manifold but she fires right up and sounds pretty good. Engine and hydro both feel very strong. The deck is in amazing shape for the age... Someone had welded round bar to the front lip o fit and did a nice job at it. The spindles are in pretty good condition. I haven't inspected the mule drive yet. The tins are in decent shape. I'm surprised at how thin the steel is compared to my 682 though. NO RUST. I can't believe the lack of rust on this thing.

Type: T0584

Serial: 022131 M

Sorry for the longwinded intro, here is what you're looking for:
 

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After I get to dig into it, clean it up, etc. I'll post more pictures but for now, more:
 

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Not a green one..... :( I thought you were a red guy. Those 140's are a heck of nice tractor though. Good score :thumbs:
 

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Not a green one..... :( I thought you were a red guy. Those 140's are a heck of nice tractor though. Good score :thumbs:
Couldn't pass it up! I've never been a JD guy per se but ever since I've discovered GT's I've had a thing for the H3.

I have to say though, the green and red look good together!! I can't wait to get some cleaned up, sunny day pictures of them together!

ps: I'm also an orange guy too :D

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I love the H3's and looks like you have a very nice one.It is easy to tell the early 140's from the later,the early have the old stye transaxle while the later have a Dana 20 rear axle.It also by the looks of the tag on the tin,looks like you may have a newer replacement engine.
 

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rusty, Thanks for the info. How can you tell about the engine?

Here are a few more pic's:
 

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the old stye transaxle while the later have a Dana 20 rear axle.
A Dana 20 is a transfer case that was used in 4x4 trucks back in the day... are you sure that is right?
 

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In your first post the picture of the engine shows a newer style engine spec tag.As for the axle as i recall you can still go to Dana's web site and look them up,there were 2,a standard model 20 and a HD.I'm guessing the 20,is just a little lighter then the Dana thirty which is a little lighter then the 44,60,70,80.I do remember those transfer cases too,but my favorite was the New Process 205 gear drive,behind a NP 435 four speed with a 390 in that old F250 4x4 (had several of of the 73-77 hi-boy Fords back in the day) Well now that i have went completely off topic.... :wave:
 

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In your first post the picture of the engine shows a newer style engine spec tag. :wave:
The first pic is on the right hand side (if sitting in the seat) and the later pic is on the left side... strange.
 

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The first pic is on the right hand side (if sitting in the seat) and the later pic is on the left side... strange.
Congrats! Nice looking JD :thumbs: It sort of looks like it may be a newer engine, maybe a short block then they used the shroud from the original one??
 

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congrats Bobby, nice Johnnie.

and your topic verifies the reason to join GTT: here you'll find no brand grimness :thumbs: :dancingbanana:
 
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Nice H3 you have there! Congrats on getting it!
 
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Definitely a nice looking early machine.

Ok... here are some more clues to the age:

  • 4-legged deere on headlight surround looks to be original
  • Rear diff and disc brakes
  • Green gas tank and black engine (The engine should be green on a 1969 and black beginning in 1970. This change is related to the move from painting "patio" tractor engines white in '69 to black in '70. The pros suggest it was cheaper to use one color {black} in all tractors)
  • The deck looks like an early one repainted at one time with later decals installed on it.
  • That is a much later replacement that has been made to look original with the back base painted black. (Same seat on my 314)

That engine has been either long/short blocked at some point. The metal tag is original to the tractor and the stick-on tag is for the replacement. I am guessing it was short-blocked. The Kohler service manual shows a 10 digit serial starting with "24" was made in 1994. A good running k321 would easily fetch $300 - 400. You did good on this one.

The one downside is that early transaxle parts are hard to find. They are durable but not available.
 

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That is one solid 140. Definitely an early 140. The newer ones, ser no 30001 and above have the same Dana rear end as the early 300 series tractors. Having 3 hydraulic circuits is a nice feature and allows use of a 3 pt hitch while having a hydraulic lift and angle blade on the front for instance.
 

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Looks good :thumbs: The H3 has been on my look for list, but when they come up they have all been way over my $ limit. Looks like you got a solid one. And yes my farm has red, green,orange and blue, each was bought for a purpose and I think it is way more fun that way :rocker2:
 
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Thanks for all of the comments and information guys.

Looks good :thumbs: The H3 has been on my look for list, but when they come up they have all been way over my $ limit. Looks like you got a solid one. And yes my farm has red, green,orange and blue, each was bought for a purpose and I think it is way more fun that way :rocker2:
That is why I couldn't pass this one up... They don't come up for sale AND it was priced right.

and your topic verifies the reason to join GTT: here you'll find no brand grimness :thumbs: :dancingbanana:
That's why I like it so much around here!

Definitely a nice looking early machine.

You did good on this one.

The one downside is that early transaxle parts are hard to find. They are durable but not available.
Thanks for the info and the reassurance on the condition.

For a 44 year old machine I'm surprised at the condition. Of course I can see that it has had some paint work at some point but that doesn't take away from the lack of rust/rust pitting.
 

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Nice tractor! It looks good right now. It is a work horse of a gt. When you get the JD all gone thru and stuff, you will have to do a pull-off competion or something with the Cub!

Something kinda cool I noticed, you have a 4-leg deer on the headlight bezel, and a 2 leg deer on the steering wheel center cap. my uneducated guess is, that should make it made on the later side of '69.....I have a '69 110 with a 4-leg deer center cap.
 
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