Most of ya'll know I "finished" this tractor a couple years ago, but I was still lacking a few things...
I bought a good set of original fenders last summer and worked on them off and on all summer long. I finally got them installed back in December. I've also been waiting, saving my money to have my seat reupholstered. Lots of places sell replacement seats, but I wanted my original one recovered. Darrell Darst out in Missouri recovers them with the original canvas, and as far as I know is the only one in the country that does. Several people I talked to highly recommended him, and after getting it back, I know why. He does top notch work, a real craftsman at what he does!
My Lovely Bride gave me a check for Christmas made out to Darrell. I sent him my seat the week after Christmas and got it back last week. Darrell will paint the whole seat or ship it back unpainted. Mine had already been painted, he said he'd be extra careful with it and all I would have to do is repaint the rim. So I spent about 3 hours with an artists brush and got it done. My wife was kind enough to let me use the kitchen table Saturday night to do the touch up.
I took advantage of some nice weather here yesterday and got my seat on and snapped a few other pictures...
Member IHCC Chapter 37 & 42 - North Carolina
Joined: Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:10 am
Location: Mercer County, West Virginia
Zip Code: 24740
Tractors Owned: 1951 Farmall "M" - Restored 1949 Farmall Cub - Original "Blue Ribbon Reconditioned" 1934 Farmall F-12 1929 Farmall Regular 1956 Ford 640 1967 John Deere 112H 1973 John Deere 140H3 1985 John Deere 420
Nice looking tractor. I like to see these "almost old" tractors given new life. I say almost old because I have many hours in the seat of a 51 M. Dad bought one new and I don't think it was as nice as your restoration. It took acouple of years before I was old enough to drive it. An M is a nice tractor and can do a lot of work in a day but is tiring to drive all day. For lighter jobs, mowing, raking etc, I much prefered the H. Again a nice looker and thanks for sharing. Vern
The only problem I see with that seat is that it is too nice to use.
Joined: Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:47 pm
Location: IN, New Harmony
Zip Code: 47631
Tractors Owned: 1955 Cub w/9 different 1 point implements 1948 Cub 1948 McCormick W-6 1949 H 1949 M 1961 560 w/ 412 fast hitch plow 1966 140 1973 666 Allis Chalmers C w/sickle mower Case 400 Economy 14 hp tractor