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Pinned  Massey Elfin' Magic

Oct 16, 2013 07:06 PM | IamSherwood in Restored Tractors & Implements

Most people, if asked what color a Massey Ferguson is, would answer Red. But some of the rarest and most unique are painted Industrial Yellow. These are pure magic to me and here is my story of how I acquired one of the rarest.

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why bother?

Aug 24, 2014 08:49 PM | petrj6 in News

The other day I was asked why bother? why bother to fix that old GT? why bother to fix that old car? Why bother to keep that rusty old thing running? why not just go get a new one? To keep busy? to save money? Why bother?
For me at least it is the connection, the people you meet and the stories you can collect. the machines are great and I love to tinker but it is the history I am after, Machines will be around long after I am gone but the people only last so long, and the stories will be forgotten unless they are told and remembered.
The reason I look and collect, buy sell and trade is to meet the people involved and collect their history. the stories that would have otherwise been lost to time. In this day and age with the internet and smart phones it is just to easy to walk down the street and never see the people you are walking by. try it some day, walk down the street and make eye contact with a stranger, strike up a conversation and see where it gets you. I bet you cannot or get arrested trying.
GT's seem to be in a world of their own, car collectors want everything to be perfect. the rite color and interior package to match the vin, down to the correct lug nuts! Why? GT's are different, the little modifications are what make them great! the adjustments made over the years to make the tractor work the way the current owner wanted it to, even if they seem foolish to you or me they served a purpose one time. The dent in the hood where johny was learning to drive, the modified rear lift to move that thing out behind the house, whatever needed to be done.
The people you meet are amazing, I cannot go anywhere with any of my old machines without being stopped about them. "oh my grandpa had one just like it" And an hour later you have new friend. I go back to the same shows every year to meet the people I met there the year before and trade stories and history, meet new people and get new stories. Some of the best people I know I met at a tractor show.
It is the connection for me, I sold an old tractor to a guy who happens to make syrup like you, you should try this or do that it will help you production or be easier to collect sap, say I even have some old supply's out back I can give you a good deal on. You buy a machine froma guy who's wife happens to sew like yours does and she would love to swap patterns, the men can hang out in the garage and talk tractor.
The machines are great but it is the people and the stories. that is why I bother, that is why I keep looking and collecting. So I ask you------- Why bother?

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Featured Tractor August 2014

Jul 13, 2014 05:06 PM | VintageIronCollector in Featured Tractors

I would like to nominate my 1968 Jacobsen Chief 1000 and my Jacobsen PP 203 10” garden plow. I acquired this tractor last fall and included was a 42” mower deck. It didn’t take me long to get the tractor running but it was difficult to put on the hydra...

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Featured Tractor July 2014

Jun 14, 2014 08:37 PM | zippy1 in Featured Tractors

I would like to nominate my 1979 Cub Cadet dual stick 1650. I picked this up a few years back. Right away I new it was in need of a engine rebuild and some well needed maintenance. Needed to do a trunnion rebuild, changed the hydraulic fluid and filt...

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Featured Tractor June 2014

May 21, 2014 02:22 PM | jdcrawler in Featured Tractors

I haven't entered one of these contest for a very long time and " anything goes " is certainly a category I can qualify for. I'm going to throw my 1937 Shaw Do-all tractor conversion into this one. This tractor started out as a walk behind tractor ma...

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Featured Tractor May 2014!

Apr 03, 2014 03:10 PM | bowtiebutler956 in Featured Tractors

I'm not sure just how customized a tractor should be for this months contest, but I would like to nominate my 1974 Case 444. I picked this tractor up a couple of months ago with the intentions of only getting it back into shape mechanically, and puttin...

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Featured Tractor April 2014!

Mar 12, 2014 10:48 AM | DanP in Featured Tractors

1968 MF 10 I was looking on this site and ran across an AC B10 with a narrow front end and fell in love with it. I decided to build one and soon found a B10. In the process I found and very bad MF10 buried in a junk yard. It is one of those that you sh...

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Restored David Bradley Garden Tractor

Mar 28, 2014 11:51 AM | sdevine in Restored Tractors & Implements

Garden tractor restoration can be accomplished with a little bit of mechanical knowledge, a lot of will power, and a passion to bring things to life. Stephen dives into the world of garden tractors, with the restoration of a 1949 David Bradley. Whether...

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Featured Tractor March 2014!

Feb 16, 2014 03:57 PM | DougT in Featured Tractors

I would like to nominate the oldest known Beeman tractor. Edwin Beeman is credited with marketing the first successful garden tractor in 1916. He had been working on his invention for about 2 years prior to its introduction. Originally this tractor was...

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My Two Favorite Girls Pedal Tractor

Feb 17, 2014 07:35 PM | petrj6 in Custom Projects

First and foremost I am writing this article in honor of my father, without him where would I be???? My two favorite girls, one will be 9 this year and the other is at least 50 years old but will not tell me her age. Me and dad got a simplicity landlor...

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