We have a pretty screwed up idea of what restored is in the "American Tractor Family".
The Europeans have 3 catagories for tractors:
1) Restored (for show only) Frame up restorations, better than factory.
2) Rally (for parades, shows and rallys) What we usually call restored.
3) Working tractors
I think this is a great way to go about it because every tractor has it's place.
They also rank restoratons on a scale. Which is great when buying a tractor, especially from a distance.
What most Americans call restored could be what is rated anywhere from a #2 to a #10.
I have wasted a lot of time going to look at "restored" tractors.
The thing is they have a nice tractor but it sure isn't restored for the price they are asking. They just don't know how it should be if it is truly restored. I would much rather buy a plain old tractor than one somebody "restored". Just check out what guys on ebay call restored.
I would hate to get like the car guys but at least they use a scale.
We should really use a different term then "restored" because 99% of us, including me, just fix our tractors up and make them look nice and customize them for our own use.
Maybe we should look up the word "restored" in Websters. LOL