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Lawnside Capsule: 1972–83 Ford LGT Garden Tractors

I ran across this ad recently which prompted me to learn a little about these neat garden tractors Ford offered from 1972–1983.

Jacobsen manufactured Ford’s garden tractors, actually starting in 1964 with the T-800 and T-1000. These were quite heavy-duty tractors and are worth restoring today when found. Gilson Brothers made the Ford LT 81 and LT 111 from 1982–83, and took over manufacturing of the whole line as of 1984. These later units were considered to be more of a ‘yard tractor’ than a ‘garden tractor.’

I pass a rural home on my way to work that used to have a little blue Ford garden tractor parked next to a shed, so now I know what it was – it disappeared a few years ago, unfortunately. I wonder if the young lass in the photo above is a Mustang-driving secretary?

From about age 12 until I left for college, I spent many an hour on our old Sears Craftsman SS-12, purchased new in 1968. We talked my Dad into taking us for one last ride around the block a couple years ago (and obviously had fun doing it). What was your mowing machine of choice (or forced servitude) growing up?

Sours: https://www.curbsideclassic.com/lawnside-classic/lawnside-classic-outtake-1972-83-ford-lgt-garden-tractors/

OLD SCHOOL IRON

My background

Overly Equipment, LLC

My background

IF YOU DON'T SEE THE OTHER PAGES LISTED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE, ADJUST YOUR SETTING TO DESKTOP. LOTS OF GOOD INFO ON THERE.

A garden tractor addict, with a passion for FORDS. A utility worker by day, tractor mechanic by night. I hope you like the site. i hope my information helps. Im not perfect and make mistakes, and always have an open 

IF YOU DON'T SEE THE OTHER PAGES LISTED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE, ADJUST YOUR SETTING TO DESKTOP. LOTS OF GOOD INFO ON THERE.

A garden tractor addict, with a passion for FORDS. A utility worker by day, tractor mechanic by night. I hope you like the site. i hope my information helps. Im not perfect and make mistakes, and always have an open ear . This information on this site, is the best to my knowledge, and should not be used for legal purposes or any other matter. It is here to help people with their addiction ,hobby, or get the old mower going again. The pictures used in this site are either mine,are somebody else's or off the internet, if you see a photo that 's yours, please let me know so i can post, where credit is do.  A lot of great machines out there. These photos are used for informational purposes only, and are under and within copyright guidelines. We welcome all photos and stories of your JAC built machine. We can post them and you can remain anonymous, if you would like.

 I am a family man, and work full time, plus run the website, answer emails, calls etc., so  please be patient with me.I am not out here to cause problems. I will try my best to help. I do have a collection of FORDS and Jakes, I may part with a few, not my business, but personally. Give me a shout.

 Sometimes you can't afFORD a 1967 fastback, or a 32 deuce coupe, but a FORD garden tractor is like the muscle car of garden tractors. They re cheaper, easy to store, and the wife doesn't mind so much, unless your me and you have like 20 laying around..lol. Kohler engines are fantastic. Some say there like small block chevys, but i disagree. Briggs are like small block chevys, cheap, easy to find, throw aways, yes can make hp, but a dime a dozen. Kohlers are more like small block Fords, yes a little pricey, but reilable, heavy duty, big hp torque monsters, if your pockets are deep enough! But there is plenty of after market parts that work well and are affordable.The hydro transmissions are damn near unbreakable. The EATON pumps in them take a beating. The peerless 2300 4 speed transmissions are easy to find, if you know where to look. I can get all the seals and bearings for these also. So in a nut shell, everybody watches their favorite Car show on tv, but cant afford their dream car, so ..why not start out on a smaller scale? They maybe bigger than you think. 

Please by all means, get you or your lazy kids butt off the couch, and go build something, i mean that in a nice way, dont get offended, geez. Make something custom, it doesnt have to be a show piece and cost thousands of dollars, with a $5 rattle can and the right temp and humidity, its amazing how paint can lay.

I dont know everything, i never claimed too, i make mistakes( just ask the MRS.) the stuff on here is from my brain, my experiences, friends,experiences, and knowledge. If you have something to share, by all means please do. I have gotten a lot of help from a lot of people since this site began. Its workin out pretty good. Im here to help.

Anyhow, this site is for fun, but a lot of people get offended now a days , and want something for nothing. So...there is a disclaimer below. Once you read it you accept it.

All submitted Photos will follow COPYRIGHT laws in accordance. I will NOT put names of under age minors on the site, Sorry. Initials will be used, names will not.  Sorry folks, its a crazy sue happy world we live in now. When you submit a photo you give the right to the photo to the website, and waive copyright protection. 

Disclaimer: This site is not affiliated with Ford, or Jacobsen Textron or any surviving or related corporate entity. All trademarks, remain the property of their respective owners. All information should be considered the result of un-moderated public forum with no responsibility for accuracy or usability by the users, sponsors, owners, of this site, or corporate entity.

Quick History

Overly Equipment, LLC

My background

Jacobsen , still in business today known as Jacobsen Textron, built tractors for Ford Minneapolis Moline, White, Town&Country, Oliver and for themselves.

   Jacobsen Manufacturing, founded by Danish immigrant Knud Jacobsen, in 1921. They released the 4 acre gas powered reel mower, and continued making machines for golf courses and estates.

Jacobsen , still in business today known as Jacobsen Textron, built tractors for Ford Minneapolis Moline, White, Town&Country, Oliver and for themselves.

   Jacobsen Manufacturing, founded by Danish immigrant Knud Jacobsen, in 1921. They released the 4 acre gas powered reel mower, and continued making machines for golf courses and estates. Knud retired in 39 and son Oscar took over.

1945-purchased Worthington Mower Co. in Stroudsburg Pa., known for golf course, park and airfeild gang mowers, until the plant closing in 1959, but kept the name into the early 1960's.

1949- Model G introduced  using FORD TRACTOR parts and components.

JACOBSEN also purchased Johnston Mower of Ottumwa Iowa, to get into the residential market, offering rotary and reel mowers. The debut of the Javelin riding mower was made in the 1950's. 

Then in 1961 the FIRST Jacobsen Chief was introduced known as the 100A. which was a 7hp kohler electric start and the 100B which was rope start.

In 1975-76 Jacobsen merged with Textron. Then adopted Homelite, in the 80's. The blue and white Homelites in the 1970's were not affiliated with JACOBSEN. They were actual Gilson Brother, machines. Which is funny, cause Gilson built them quit, and then picked up Ford in 84. Kind of a trade deal..lol. I really dont know all the corporate details, just who made what.

Jacobsen continued to produce lawn and garden tractors into the 1990's than got out of the market, and kept with commercial and golf course equipment.

The last good heavy Jacobsen built FORD TRACTOR was 1983. Gilson brothers started building them in 1984. Then, as we all know, things got cheaper and the "junk tin" tractors arrived. There was heavy duty Fords built in the 80's. The LGT series was still going, but at a bigger price.

Then somewhere in the 1990's , Toro, yes Wheelhorse, started building FORD and then New Holland garden tractors.

YES, i guess still collectable, because they are Ford, but not like the old tube frame's from the 70's.

 There was a New Holland garden tractor built in the 1970's. Not affiliated with Ford or Jacobsen, but shared the heavy duty well built characteristics.

......and we all know the demise of all these great machines..that Pap or Dad or Uncle Jim had...........MTD. I' LL KEEP MY OLD FORD..THANK YOU!

Overly Equipment, LLC

Overly Equipment, LLC

Overly Equipment, LLC

The above photo is a restomod tractor, it started out as a 1981 Jake 16. I get so many questions about this, machine. It was a total ground up restoration. No they never made a close sided Oliver. This was my spin on it, and it turned out very nice. Sort like when you drop a small block chevy in a 32 FORD street rod, or make "Hurst olds 4

The above photo is a restomod tractor, it started out as a 1981 Jake 16. I get so many questions about this, machine. It was a total ground up restoration. No they never made a close sided Oliver. This was my spin on it, and it turned out very nice. Sort like when you drop a small block chevy in a 32 FORD street rod, or make "Hurst olds 442" out of a Cutlass.  I GUESS haters gonna hate, LOL.

Purchasing

We accept money order or certified check, or business check, NO PERSONAL CHECKS.

We do accept PAYPAL, but there is a 3% fee on all purchases, not my rule.

SHIPPING

I usually use USPS flat rate boxes, and use the online calculator. Heavier stuff will need weighed and shipped accordingly. We have a UPS freight terminal relatively close. So very large items maybe shipped via pallet and truck.

RETURNS 

If a NEWpart is broken or damaged we will replace it, or refund your money upon return.  Used parts are as is no returns.

Please contact us with questions.

PLEASE make sure you let me know the model of your tractor. There is a huge difference between a FORD 120 and a FORD LGT 120." LGT" were from 1972-1983.

I personally have attachments, front and rear PTO, whole machines, grilles etc.

If by all means, you need a part  that isn't listed please call or email me. 

This is a one man show, so please be patient, i try to buy all my prdoucts made right here in the USA. Yes ebay maybe cheaper, but it is all chinese. We are a small out of basement business, what we make really pays for the internet, website stuff like that. I STILL work full time, this is more of a hobby, but a legit business, with insurance and taxes for uncle sam, whole nine yards.

Thanks to all of the people out there checking out the site. Thanks to all the fans, customers and all the great information coming in. Again, please i have no problem giving credit where credit is do, but most wish to remain anonymous....to those thanks again!

"We re  all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice"-- Red Green"

" Thank you and God bless my Friends"--Bob Ross

THANKS TO ALL OUR VETS AND FIRST RESPONDERS, WITH OUT YOU,WE COULDN'T DO WHAT WE DO.

You meet the some of the nicest people on a tractor. If everyone had a tractor the world would be a better place.

Please do not make an offer on a part unless I have stated too. I am not a auction or a flea market. A lot of parts, they are not making anymore, the tractors and parts are not reproduced like mustang parts. They are what they are, if you don't like the price, don't buy it..simple... i don't need to hear about how expensive i am. Go start your own business, pay taxes, internet, etc. and sell yours cheaper, its a free country!  Thank you.

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