yesterday, i had to go get some welding gas, and grinding supplies. i have to drive by the local scrap yard to get there, and back. so, on my way home, i dropped in to see what goodies i could find. i didnt see anything i needed, then, before i decided to leave, i remembered that there was an area where they put old tractors, instead of scrapping them. well, lo and behold, there was a Bean Cutler, tipped up on its nose with the rear in the air! i scrambled over to it, and started to get a better view....and went instantly to find the yard boss, to see what it would take to save it from eventual demise. the qoute he gave me at first, was a bit shocking..( .50 cents a lb!!!). so i stood and talked with him for a few minutes ( it always helps to build a good repertoir ) and, eventually, he came down quite a bit for me. i still payed more than i wanted to, but i was ok with the final deal. sooo, here it is at home, after i went and got it this morning:
so, i guess, all in all, i am pretty happy about this one...and this is now my oldest one with a serial number of J29677
i am a little confused however, as to the engine and machine corolation. the new machines engine number 1036665 pulls up Feb 1948....but my other Bean Cutler, which is machine number J29738, which is 67 machines later in production, has an engine number 1077368 which pulls up Dec of 1947.... so dating the machines is getting a little confusing! this machine is going to get a restore job, but will be a while, since i already have started on the other machine.