I think the new tag looks GREAT!!!
I look at restorations as an expression of the artist (and the quality of some of the restorations I have seen on here DO aproach the term "art"). 95% of the time it is IMPOSSIBLE to restore an item to "as-new" condition using EOM materials - to make it JUST-LIKE it came from the factory. So how effectively you can use modern tools, supplies and reproductions defines the restorer's skill!
To make a true concours type resto, the better step would be to clean up the original plate as best as possible and leave it like that. And I have great respect and admiration for those types of restorations. But to do that type of job, you have to start with a very good "carcass". And spend a lot of time and money finding OEM parts in good shape...
Most of the time, our "starting points" aren't good enough to do concours restoration, and repros and recreations are the much better choice for most of us to bring an old machine back to life. I think these restorations to "like new, but better using modern parts" are harder to do and make authentic looking.
Powdercoat is a good example. In many places, powdercoat is a MUCH better choice than paint - tougher and lasts longer. Not OEM, but a better choice. Same way some folks replace NLA engines with modern variants that are more powerful and fuel efficient.
Wow, didn't mean to type that much!!! Great job on the plate and the tractor!!!
I completely agree ! I left the rust pitting in the hood, which can be seen through the powdercoat . It almost looks like orangepeeling in paint . To me it retains the " character" of the tractor as found . Mine sat outside, uncovered for ten years so I felt I needed to tell that part of this tractor's life . Man this sure is fun . Glad I decided to buy that first Cub in 2001, a 2206 .