Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:02 am
Now that I have the Super A home and tucked in, I need to decide the order of business. I believe it needs only a good tune up and front seal replacement and to get the gauges replaced, lights functioning, and other minor things. Since the Cub is the only tractor I have restored (not really a restoration, but a fixup/repaint) I need to decide if the Super A is next or if the Super C, Super H or Super M, all of whom have been living with us for quite a few years, should get attention first. All will be working tractors to an extent - dealer paint with catalyst - no base clear, show tractor shines for these guys. I am a stickler for making sure everything works as it should. I want all the lights and gauges functioning, generator charging, lift lifting... I am in no hurry to get any of them done, but aim to work on them as I get a chance. At the risk of making the bigger tractors jealous, I believe I will work on them size wise, the A, C, H, and then the M.
Old tractors, new enthusiasm, a supporting wife, and dirt under my fingernails - Ain't life good?
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:10 am
For the sake of gratification, I'd start with the one easiest to put into good working order and work up saving the longer projects for later. As long as the others are in useable condition it shouldn't matter. If this is the most difficult decision you have to make then life is indeed good!
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:31 am
I agree with BD, get them up and going starting with the easiest/quickest ones. It just wouldn't make sense to me to do the one that will take the longest before the others, unless you really needed that one first. Quite a stable you got there, I'm jealous!!
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:56 am
You guys make good sense. We have 11 tractors now on the farm and there is not one that I could not start in just a matter of minutes. All have good batteries and fuel stabilizer in them. They are all started regularly and driven for different purposes. And in actuality, that is probably the order of difficulty with the M being the most challenging of the efforts. Bigdog you are right - in the whole scheme of things, a few old tractors, how they look and how they run, mean very little at all. I wake up each morning and go to bed each night thankful for the life I have been given. Trent, they are nothing special, nothing rare or valuable, and I have spent nothing or very little in acquiring them. The real expense comes when the restoration commences. But each one has a connection with family or friends that mean a lot to me - like the fact that the Cub was given to me by wife's uncle who bought it in 1954, raised many many acres of tobacco with it, and wanted me to have it so he would know it would always be taken care of.
Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:13 pm
Boy must be nice!!!!I wish I had to many tractors.Tear them all apart at once!!!!
Just kidding.I'd go with the one you would use the most first then down the line.One thing have fun ,I'll will go a lot smoother that way!!!Kevin
Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:12 pm
Festus wrote:All will be working tractors to an extent - dealer paint with catalyst - no base clear, show tractor shines for these guys.
I don't know now....our VP in our IH Collectors Chapter can paint with 2150 from caseIH and hardener and you can't tell the difference between it and any of the high-dollar paint! Yours may end up looking just as good if not better as the trailer queen--all the better!
Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:35 pm
Al, you called that right and less than $50.00 a gal.
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