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#61 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted July 10, 2012 - 08:07 PM

Don't want to Rain on the celebration BUT.....What the heck is the ELF model and why is it so wanted?? Is it foreign sold only? Wouldn't it just be a diff painted model similar to what US had for them? And one could paint up one of those and no one would ever know you did diff? AND, if you paint this one up, who's to say that you didn't Do just that? Is this gonna stay As Is just to be proven?? I like GT's too, but guess not Crazy enough to dive this deep into a purchase/project. Flame Suit is ON!



Hi Grumpy.
Thanks for bring your questions to light. I haven't really posted a lot of
details about this tractor yet, due to time constraints. As someone else said (Kenny
I think) there are other threads here about the Elf model. I plan on posting as much info about
the Elf, as possible, when I can, and as I find out more.

For the time being.
In 1963, which is the first year that MF ventured into the GT market, they went
to Dura Corp in the US, and to Gutbrod in Germany. They had them produce, and distribute GTs.
In the US, the MF7Exec was produced, and about 680 where sold. In Germany, the Gutbrod 1030 was
altered, by putting a cast iron grill on(same as the MF7E) and a differt hood. They painted it yellow
just as the MF7E, but it is a totally different machine as the MF7E. (I uploaded a manual this morning)
Apperently, only 150 where sold. That makes sense to me, considering post war europe. I hope that's enough for now.

As far as being crazy enough to dive in this deep. Well, yeah, I am.
But besides that, I'm a Canadian, and during it's hay days, MF was the world's largest
tractor company. It's part of our history, that I'm proud of.

As far as you raining on the celebration, and questioning whether it'll be a fake, don't worry, it's real, and
the drizzle is much appreciated. The grass is starting to get brown. :smilewink: We all know
what to much time in the heat can do.
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Posted July 11, 2012 - 09:25 AM

All i have to say is WOW! your bringing an only german tractor to north america is really cool. i hope u dont have to ship stuff that far when you need a part or two. haha congradulations
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Posted July 17, 2012 - 01:01 AM

Congratulations Will! What an extraordinary find and a real gem to round out your collection! Way-to-go! Can't wait to see the restoration pictures.

- Mark
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 04:33 PM

Update.

I've been waiting about a week, for Elf's travel agent to get back from holidays, and
give me an update. At this point, Elf has left the crateing department, and is in it's
container. It will soon be leaving Odense, Denmark, headed to the port of Antwerpen,
Belgium.

http://maps.google.c...&mra=ls&t=m&z=6

Here are some pictures, of some of the wondrous sights that Elf might see.

Hamburg_Rathaus.jpg
Rattenfangerhaus-Hanover.jpg
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Once in Antwerpen, the container will be loaded onto the MAERSK PALERMO

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Vessel's Details

Ship Type: Container ship
Year Built: 1998
Length x Breadth: 210 m X 32 m
Gross Tonnage: 31333, DeadWeight: 38250 t
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 15.8 / 15.2 knots
Flag: Netherlands [NL] Posted Image
Call Sign: PDHW
IMO: 9168207, MMSI: 244118000




She is scheduled to set sail on the 26th of July, headed for Toronto. That's a long time for Elf to be
alone in that fancy box. I hope he grabbed a copy of LAGT for the trip. :laughingteeth:

I tried to get GTT painted on the crate, but I was to late in asking. Once it left the crateing
department, it's wasn't accesible, for security reasons.

That's all I've got for now. I will try to get the sailing route if I can, and post it.
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 04:44 PM

Great to hear of Elf's travels! Anxiously await the arrival!
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 04:59 PM

Thanks for taking the time to put that together Will, glad to hear Elf is almost on it's way!
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 05:38 PM

I hope they left some holes in the crate so he can see all those neat sights. Hope he doesn't get seasick!
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 05:39 PM

Like Alan said, thanks for the effort of making that post! I am happy to hear it is getting closer!
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 05:57 PM

I don't think I wanna hear how much this is costing, but it's more than a couple of clams, that's for sure. BUT, chances like this usually never come even once in life, so ya gotta grab the chance when ya can! I know this is one SAFE little Elf in your hands Will, and that is priceless! :thumbs:
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 06:21 PM

I don't think I wanna hear how much this is costing, but it's more than a couple of clams, that's for sure. BUT, chances like this usually never come even once in life, so ya gotta grab the chance when ya can! I know this is one SAFE little Elf in your hands Will, and that is priceless! :thumbs:


Thanks Dan, and the way I'm looking at it, is as you say, a once in a lifetime deal. Not to worry, you'll never hear what
the ticket is on this. I'm hoping, I won't either. I'm planning on holding my hands over my ears, as I rattle off the credit
card number. :bounce: And when the wife, asks what that charge is for, I'll just put my hands over my ears again, and go
Lalalalalalalalalalallal. And hopefully that'll be the end of that. :bounce: But seriously, I planned for this. You might have noticed, I
didn't buy any GTs between Sept and June. It's kinda like eating the potatoes first, and saving the steak for the end.
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 06:37 PM

Here color this to keep yourself occupied till ir shows up.

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 06:39 PM

Done.
Now what?

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 06:49 PM

Post it up for our cirtique.,

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 06:49 PM

I hope you secured Elfs work visa before he left, I would hate to see him deported for being an illegal immigrant. After all he is stowing away on a cargo ship. And what about shots and vaccinations? You can't have him infecting Canada with some in curable illness. And then there's those language lessons, I doubt you speak much Danish. (Cheese Danish doesn't count). Poor little guy will be scared and all alone in a foreign country, with a bunch of cousins he doesn't even know. I just hope the bigger Masseys don't pick on him and call him names.
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 05:01 AM

And what about shots and vaccinations? You can't have him infecting Canada with some in curable illness.


It had to be steam cleaned by a certified steam cleaner, and the crate had to be made of heat treated wood, to
satisfy Canada Customs. Claus, the guy I bought it from, was willing to pressure wash and crate it for me, but that was'nt
good enough.
These services provided by the freight forwarding company, where all quoted ahead of time, so I've already come to
grips with that.




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