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PostSubject: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeFri Mar 03, 2017 5:54 pm

While out of town on business, I stopped by a junk yard that advertised having almost every model of JD lawn and garden tractors ever made. With the exception of a couple rare models that I never found, he was pretty accurate.





(This is just one of five areas full of Deere and other makes of lawn and garden tractors)

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After HOURS.... Yes, hours of combing the piles of green treasure, I came acrossed several possible project tractors. With the others waaaay out of my price range (even after some wheeling and dealing), I headed home with a JD LT133. Not exactly my first choice when I arrived at this glorious facility, but its one that agreed with my budget and having the geared transaxle was a plus.


(Day One)
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I'll try to keep everybody updated as the project progresses!!
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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeFri Mar 03, 2017 8:36 pm

Very cool find. I see your post count is low, Welcome to ATLTF! Keep us informed of your progress. There are some smart people around here to poke questions at.

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PostSubject: Day Two   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeFri Mar 03, 2017 8:51 pm

(DAY TWO)

  After some extensive tinkering, I got the motor to run under its own fuel delivery. I replaced the torn up seat with an extra I had laying around and added 2" receivers front and rear from a parts tractor. Also, the rears were swapped for Carlisle HD Field Trax's ( 22x12-8 ) and the fronts were changed to Carlisle X-Trac's ( 15x6.00-6 ). Even though the X-Trac's are designed for snowblower applications they really look good with the oversized Field Trax's.

 After a test run though the woods, I am more than satisfied with the tires and how they perform. The front tires really bite in good in just about any terrain I tackled with it.




(After the test run)

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(Carlisle HD Field Trax)
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(Carlisle X-Trac & Front Receiver)
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Next on my list of things to do:

1) Motor Pulley Swap
2) Foot throttle
3) Figure out a hood
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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeFri Mar 03, 2017 9:01 pm

Hey I have one of those! ...I'm not a fan of it honestly. Too complicated and it has a Foote rear end instead of a peerless. I'm selling it as soon as I get it running....

On a happier note, welcome to the forum lol
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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeFri Mar 03, 2017 9:11 pm

@CraftsmanQuad19 wrote:
Hey I have one of those! ...I'm not a fan of it honestly. Too complicated and it has a Foote rear end instead of a peerless. I'm selling it as soon as I get it running....

On a happier note, welcome to the forum lol

Thanks for the warm welcome.. LOL

I've actually been a member for a couple years, just never posted anything I was building till now.. As for the LT133, I'm really thinking of swapping the Spicer for a peerless, just not really sure which one is best. I am open to all suggestions.
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PostSubject: Hood Acquisition    John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeFri Mar 03, 2017 9:42 pm

I was cruising through ebay about a week ago hood searching for the LT133 and was presented with several options. One, I could purchase a reproduction OEM hood for around $350 with free shipping for both top and bottom pieces. Two, buy a used complete hood for about $250 plus shipping ($50). Three, buy a cheaper used hood from another brand and make it work, So I decided to go with option three. Now with the idea in my head I set off to find a hood. After what seemed like hours of going through sooooo many different styles and combing through sooooo many pictures, I made my decision.



(Cub Cadet 1325 Hood Assembly)
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Made an offer on this hood and got a killer deal. A few days later it arrived in a huge box and seemed to be in decent shape. I couldn't resist and just had to mock it up to see how it was going to look.




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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeFri Mar 03, 2017 9:55 pm

A John Cadet doesn't look too bad!

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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeFri Mar 03, 2017 10:05 pm

@mightyraze wrote:
A John Cadet doesn't look too bad!

Thank you. I thought it looked pretty good myself. Hopefully i'll get it mounted sometime this week.
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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeSat Mar 04, 2017 7:12 am

Looks really good with the Cub hood! I see you've got the clutch/brake pedal on the right-hand side. Makes it tricky when you want to add a foot throttle.
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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeSat Mar 04, 2017 1:40 pm

@MatthewD wrote:
Looks really good with the Cub hood! I see you've got the clutch/brake pedal on the right-hand side. Makes it tricky when you want to add a foot throttle.

Thanks. I really took a chance on that Cub hood fitting or even looking good on the Deere, but it definitely worked out. As for the foot throttle, i'd like add a clutch pedal on the right side and leave the existing one there as a foot brake. Maybe trim up the pedal slightly to add the foot throttle on the same side as the brake. Any advice or ideas are welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeSat Mar 04, 2017 5:12 pm

Good idea. I'm planning on doing the same thing on my Westwood project Wink
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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeSat Mar 04, 2017 11:24 pm

Just throwing an idea out there, maybe re-bending that pedal to be a little higher and closer to the dash tower, and mount a gas pedal from the outside-in at a slightly different level? All kinds of ideas would work I think.

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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeSun Mar 05, 2017 12:00 pm

@mightyraze wrote:
Just throwing an idea out there, maybe re-bending that pedal to be a little higher and closer to the dash tower, and mount a gas pedal from the outside-in at a slightly different level?  All kinds of ideas would work I think.


That's a good idea. However, I'm 6'-6" tall and it might make it harder for me to transition from the throttle to the brake. If I can figure out how to make a clutch pedal on the opposite we'll be in business. If not, i'll have to put the throttle on the left side and keep the brake/clutch combination on the right side (which I'm not a huge fan of). There has been times where I tried to stop and was stomping on a clutch pedal that wasn't there. LOL. Definitely is an odd set up. Not exactly sure why Deere did it like that on these models.  
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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeSun Mar 05, 2017 9:41 pm

I have a Craftsman LT4000 all-wheel steer that has the clutch/brake on the right and a deck lift pedal on the left. I can't tell you how many times I hit the lift instead of the brake. affraid

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PostSubject: Re: John Deere LT133 Build   John Deere LT133 Build Icon_minitimeWed Nov 08, 2017 2:51 pm

Any updates on this? I'm looking to gather ideas for my JD LT160 build. I like the way that hood looks on there.
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