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#1 antiquetractors OFFLINE  

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Posted July 20, 2012 - 02:37 PM

Added a 3rd suburban to the stable. I will probably be used for parts and then what is left will be sold. It isn't in the best condition but is still restorable. It has a clinton b700 motor that turns freely but I won't be using it. In some grand idea someone decided to cut the belt gaurd in half to fit the clinton motor and also cut a section of the hood off. :mecry: It has a mower deck that looks like it's never been used, a great set of fenders and tool box, the original key starter which I can never seem to locate and a very clean gas tank


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Posted July 20, 2012 - 03:15 PM

Well...admittedly, I was thinking it would have been a restore candidate, :( I've since had a look at the others in your stable and having a donor in stock seems rational. Were you able to beat that figure you stated you would have been willing to pay? :confuse: Getting it at a low rate for those issues might smooth this out...Is it well with you?
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Posted July 20, 2012 - 03:21 PM

Well...admittedly, I was thinking it would have been a restore candidate, :( I've since had a look at the others in your stable and having a donor in stock seems rational. Were you able to beat that figure you stated you would have been willing to pay? :confuse: Getting it at a low rate for those issues might smooth this out...Is it well with you?


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I had talked to him and said I would be interested in it for $300, I went up there and after seeing it and pointing out what was wrong I got him down to $260. Still a pretty good deal if you want my opinion. I will make 2 very nice suburbans from this one.

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Posted July 20, 2012 - 03:27 PM

You went prepared and you know the animal well enough to make the call, It beats having to make several deals when it's one stop shopping. Congrats to you :thumbs:


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Posted July 20, 2012 - 06:38 PM

That's a very nice score! The way I see it, you bought that incredible mower deck and got the tractor at a reasonable price too! Keep us posted on the donor parts as they find their new homes! Hopefully some day I will start on my 551 project too!
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Posted July 20, 2012 - 07:42 PM

Why is the belt guard always the first thing to get hacked up, or thrown away on these Horses? :mad2: Nice score though! :thumbs:

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Posted July 20, 2012 - 10:44 PM

I have actually decided to restore this tractor and use the 401 as a donor and then sell the remaining tractor which will be mostly complete. I think the 551 is harder to find and I hate butchering it up, plus I have a really nice h60 electric start that will fit nicely under the hood lol
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Posted July 20, 2012 - 10:46 PM

Nice pictures! I sent you another PM btw. Looking forward to see what you do with this.
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Posted July 20, 2012 - 11:00 PM

Nice pictures! I sent you another PM btw. Looking forward to see what you do with this.


I plan on putting the h60 on it the week and seeing what she does with cutting the grass. I am going finish my 58' ride a matic first before I start in on another project. pm replied

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Posted July 20, 2012 - 11:01 PM

It's always the belt gaurds and center key switch that is missing on these tractors.

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Posted July 20, 2012 - 11:18 PM

I have actually decided to restore this tractor and use the 401 as a donor and then sell the remaining tractor which will be mostly complete. I think the 551 is harder to find and I hate butchering it up, plus I have a really nice h60 electric start that will fit nicely under the hood lol

Thats great news! Glad to hear she'll be getting the royal treatment! :laughingteeth:

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Posted July 21, 2012 - 05:13 AM

Sweet tractor you have there. Thank you for posting all the pics.
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Posted July 21, 2012 - 05:22 AM

Glad to hear it will be restored! Good luck with it!
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Posted July 21, 2012 - 11:44 AM

Got the hoods switched over. I think it will make a nice restoration. The hood was the worst part on this little guy. Everything else is OK. It must have lived near a sand pit because there was literally 2" of sand around the engine mount lol. Hopefully the gear box isn't full...

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Posted July 21, 2012 - 12:04 PM

That looks great! Best of luck with the rest of the restoration!
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