Yes, school, along with his cross country running practices and events, have really cut down on his desire to work on the tractor. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he is putting his schooling first, and he is doing well with his running. I'm just disappointed, as he was doing such a good job, and now the tractor just sits here, unfinished. I'm sure once his cross country events are done, he will eventually have the desire to work on the tractor again. I'll finish it for him if need be, but I have my hands full with remodeling a new kitchen for my wife, and then a re-siding project for my next door neighbor. Then there is the fact that winter is just around the corner, so painting time will be pretty much limited, as my garage isn't heated. I'm sorry for the long progress delay guys. We will get back on it again, just not sure when. I told my wife, next year I'm not doing any as projects for anybody. I'm taking next year to do tractor projects and restorations of my own. I just received (2) 60 lawn tractors and would like to get them running. My youngest son (JDgrasshopper) wants his Wheel Horse RJ restored, plus my daughter (jdelfette) wants her 70 lawn tractor restored. Maybe if I work on all of these tractors, Caleb will then find the desire to finish his 70. Keep your fingers crossed! I can't wait to get the kids tractors finished, so that I can start working on getting my round fender collection restored. Time will tell. Thanks for the interest, and I hope you and your son have as much fun as Caleb and I are/were having.
I understand the frustrations trying to keep a kid interested in something that takes time. My oldest is out of the house now, but the only thing he maintained an interest in long-term was model trains. Anyone who is into them knows they are just as expensive and time-consuming as tractors. On the other hand, my youngest, Eggman96, has a tendency to stick to things for a long time, so I have high hopes that GT's will be something we do together for quite some time. It helps that he is homeschooled, and Mom is really flexible about hours and granting credit for hands-on work. I wish you the best with all your children, you sound like quite the dedicated dad.
By the way, I feel your pain on JDElfette wanting a non-standard color. I have a sneaking suspicion I will be painting Chris's tractor some off color, but if that's what it takes to keep them interested, I can live with it.