Best wishes on finding this and don't give up hope. Here's my story and I hope it will encourage you to hang on. My Dad bought a MF 1650 new in 1978 with the mower, 3 point, front blade and a Scoop Tote. He loved that tractor so much he bought a MF 1450 used and tried to get me to buy it from him. At the time I couldn't afford to keep it in belts and hated timing the mower so I passed. I wasn't crazy about the way it mowed. What I loved was his 3 point and Scoop Tote, it was so handy. Sadly he had a fire and lost his home so when he was moving to town he had an auction and sold his tractors. I was there and had a wife and two small girls to support and couldn't afford to bid on the 1650. I watched carefully to see who bought it and it was bought by a high school buddy's family. A few years later my folks moved from town back out into the country. Dad went to the widow of the one who purchased the 1650 and asked if she would sell it back to him and she refused. She also loved this tractor. Dad passed away about seven years ago and thoughts of getting the 1650 back seemed impossible as the lady was now around 80 years old and I really couldn't afford such a play toy having retired.
Hang with me, this is when the better stuff comes in. After I retired my wife was complaining about paying for insurance and license on three vehicles when there were only two of us. The obvious one to get rid of was the 4wd as it had the most miles by far and the mpg wasn't great. I said let's sell it and I'll buy a Johnny Bucket for my JD x320 to get out our long driveway in the winter. She said ok. Before I got the bucket bought I noticed a Snapper 1650 on ebay with a snow blower, it was a third of the price of the Johnny Bucket and looked almost identical to Dad's MF except no 3 point. We bought it. I told my wife I wanted to sell a few items I had laying around and restore it to look somewhat like Dad's old tractor. Again, she said ok (yeah, I've been blessed with a great wife). I thoroughly enjoyed restoring it and that made it special to me and I knew Dad would have approved. Now if only it had that 3 point and Scoop Tote. This Spring I was bored and looking through Craigslist and spotted another Snapper 1650 with 3 point at an insanely low price. After a few hours I broke down and told my wife I really wanted to call about this tractor even though I had nothing to use the 3 point for. Of course she said yes. As I called I thought to myself it's got to be gone by now. I called, I talked to the guy for a few moments as I asked if it was still available and he said yes. We talked a while longer and I said I wanted it if he would hold it till the following morning when I could get there. He said he'd hold it. When I got there he said he'd had five calls before me but wanted it to go to someone who loved these tractors as much as he did. Now if I only had a Scoop Tote and better yet if it were only Dad's. I called my younger brother who still lived near the family who bought Dad's 1650. My brother said the widow didn't get out much and he wasn't sure she still had it. I knew where she lived out in the country and if I could just get her to open the door where I could tell her my name she'd recognize that her son and I were close friends in high school. I had thought about contacting my old buddy but knew by reputation that you could no longer depend on him for such things. I was also friends with his younger brother and had seriously thought of contacting him. I went with the plan of loading up my restored tractor in the back of my pickup hoping she'd see that and get curious. I thought she wasn't coming to the door (turns out she wasn't home). That was in September and I gave up....for a while. Then I had to take another crack at it so I called the younger brother. When I mentioned the MF 1650 his words were "Mom traded it off several years ago to a dealer in a town 40 miles away for a Cub Cadet". My heart sank. "Except I think we kept that scoop" I said you did? His response was "well I'm not sure, I'll ask Mom". Now the long wait....I thought. Less than two weeks went by and he said "I found it". We struck a deal ( he gave me the close friend price). When I picked it up we renewed that old friendship and talked for hours. He told me when asked his Mom she was quite sure she sold the scoop with the tractor because the dealer had wanted it. My friend just had couldn't shake that he thought they kept it. He found it in the loft over his garage.
Yes this is a long story but I wanted you to hear the details so you understand that even if you lose hope like I did God can still work things out for you. I long for the day you bring your tractor home.
Edited by gtcsreg, May 19, 2014 - 01:25 AM.