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#1 Nascar3244888 OFFLINE  



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Posted April 09, 2013 - 05:54 PM

I am so busy that I just cant seem to find to much time to get on GTTalk, so since I have some free time I thought I would share one of my more recent purchases, but first I need to tell the story of how I came upon this awesome machine.  One day on my way back to the shop with the work truck, I thought I would take a more back way back to the shop.  This really isn’t a back way at all but a road that has been closed due to a bridge being out.  I decided that I would take this route and weasel my way through the middle of town so I could take this road which until recently I had traveled almost every day back to the shop to take a break from all the highway driving I do.  So after getting through town I headed out this road and there use to be a really nice mustang that sits out a couple miles and I always look for it, unfortunately the mustang wasn’t there but something still caught my eye…..A Tractor….I only caught the back side of the tractor as I was driving by, but that was all I needed to see and I knew right away from seeing the nice slope of the back fender that it was a Porter Cable.  I knew that as soon as I got back to the shop that I needed to come back and knock on this person’s door.  So I very quickly dropped off the truck jumped in the car and drove the 5 miles back to the place I had just seen this beautiful machine.  I pulled in the front drive of a mobile home park and walked up to the first home where I finally was able to view the machine in what was left of a picker bush.  All the years I had traveled this road I had never seen this machine there before.  I walked up to the front door and rang the door bell.  No Answer, but luckily I grabbed  a piece of paper and a pen from the truck before I left, so I started to write a note, and in the middle of writing the note a man came to the door and said can I help you?  I said, sorry to bother you sir, but I was driving by earlier and noticed the Porter Cable tractor sitting over to the side of your house.  Oh, He said, come on in.  At this point I was shocked that he invited me in….So I followed the man in to the house where he introduced me to his brother, who happened to live there with him.  I asked the gentlemen if they would be interested in selling the Porter Cable when the one said hold on let me get my shoes on and we can go out and look at it.  So the man that greeted me at the door came out and he told me that he had bought the tractor from his 93 yr old landlord, who had passed away recently.  He said up until about 6 months ago (about the time the bridge closed), he had to take it out of the shed he had it in because he needed the room, and parked it by the tree where the picker bush was.  He said that It ran when put away last year, but hasn’t been used for mowing in years.  I looked at the oil and although it was on the verge of being black it was right on the full mark.  I then opened the chrome gas cap, looked in it and seen that it was clean and spotless.  I pulled it over and it had great compression.  He asked me what kind of offer I could make him for it and I said that I wasn’t sure but could call him later on once I did some research on it, he said ok, so we exchanged phone numbers and went on about our ways.  Later on that day I called him and made him an offer and he said that he also would like to do some research and he would let me know in a little while.  So After about a half hour he called and said that he could not accept the offer of 80 dollars I gave him that he seen them going for 1500-2000 dollars.  I was yet again shocked by this and said I could not give that much, when he started chuckling and said bring 90. dollars and come get it.  After laughing some I said ok and I brought it home that day.  I love this tractor its got to be one of the best looking tractors I have every seen.  Since that day I haven’t been able to get much done to it other than spraying all the nuts and bolts with some PB Blaster and removing a mouse nest from under the engine shroud, but that’s as far as I got so far, slowly but surely its coming along….ok enough of the story now…….HERE ARE SOME PICS….


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#2 KennyP ONLINE  



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Posted April 09, 2013 - 06:05 PM

Wow! A tractor with fender skirts! Cool, man!


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Posted April 09, 2013 - 06:07 PM

Awesome little tractor. I got two of them. Not as nice shape as yours though. And my two have rotary mowers not the real mowers.

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 06:10 PM

If you lived closer I would pry it out of your cold dead hands. Nice score. :thumbs:

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 06:17 PM

That is way too cool. :thumbs:   It has an Art-Deco look that my wife loves.   Good thing she hasn't seen it.  Good luck on the resto.  Rick

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 06:54 PM

Wow great score! I wish I could find deals like that on my way to work but I guess for now ill stick with the highway robbery aka craigslist lol :thumbs:

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 07:25 PM

If ., we're Good and Lucky., maybe in our lifetimes we'll be able to own something that we can consider a true gem, and it looks like you were both. What a classic lookin thang you found on the road less travelled. Congrats  & Welldonedid !!! :thumbs: 

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 07:33 PM

WoW, really cool looking machine.  That thing looks like its going 2 or 3 MPH sitting still !  It is neat.  You going to restore it?

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 07:36 PM

great buy

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 07:48 PM



Ready or not, here I come: your tractor or your life!


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Posted April 09, 2013 - 08:00 PM

 Congrats on new your little rig! So how come when I take a fan shroud off to remove a mouse nest the plug wire is always chewed off. :mad2:  Wish I had your luck! That will be a nice addition to the fleet.

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 08:03 PM

Nice score !! Can't wait to see it all painted and shined up. Would like to find one like that myself. It pays to go off the beaten path once in a while doesn't it ?!!

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 08:11 PM

Wow, he dropped at least $1,400.00!   :smilewink:   I love how he jerked your chain on those prices!   :rolling: Sounds like a guy with a good sense of humor! :thumbs:

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 08:26 PM


Fantastic looking LT, can't get much better of a survivor than that.

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 08:43 PM

Cool looking little guy.Looks like a chopped and slammed late 40s Mercury Coupe.

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