I'm considering purchasing a 1977 Economy 1614 that has personal value to me as it was something that I remember watching growing up as a kid.
Recently, the opportunity to came up to purchase it from the family. I hadn't seen it in many years. When I went to go take a look at it, I was a little taken back to find that it's not a hydraulic lift setup, but rather a manual lift unit. I would love to own this machine, but this alone is the sole reason why it's not already in my garage. My plan would be to use it for light grading work and having hydraulics would be must, plain and simple.
The thought had occured to me to do a conversion, but really don't know what all would be involved. I don't want to get into a project where finding parts would takes years to track down and costs would be through the roof. What would be your advice on this? Is the hydraulic system farily complex meaning that there are quite a few components that make up the system? I'd love to get this tractor, but having the hydraulics is a must and the conversion must be something that is fairly reasonable to do.
Thank you guys so much for any insight, it would be very gladly appreciated.
Edited by Austen, May 03, 2013 - 11:06 PM.