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#1 boyscout862 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:01 AM

This ad appeared on CL last week: FORD Lawn and Garden Tractor - $300 (Bloomfield CT)

FORD LAWN AND GARDEN TRACTOR: 14.5 hp. 1974 model. The only slight rust is on the four hub caps. Stored in garage all its life. Includes Ford dump cart and Ford rear blade with a scarifier. Chains on rear wheels. Paint is good. Great show tractor.

 

I have 64+ tractors sitting in my yard. I promised myself to part with atleast half of them this year. Then a friend gave me his. And then I came across this. I waited a week but then caved in. I called on Friday and went there yesterday. It was not as advertised. The wheel covers are very rusty and the tractor is light to medium rusty. He bought it from the Ford dealer when it was returned at two months old and has had it since. He stopped using it when the hydro lift stopped working several years ago. It has the brinly hitch, a Ford 10 CF trailer in good condition, a fair condition deck, and a 48" grader blade that was modified into a scraper box. It is complete and with manuals. Amazing thing is that the seat looks original and has no cracks.  

 

I couldn't resist and bought it. On the way home, on the interstate, a pickup truck came along side me and tried to talk me into selling it to him. I declined but told him of another one nearby that had a tiller with it.

 

I will post pics shortly. Good Luck, Rick

 

It came with a box of spare belts and a few parts.

 

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The modified grader is interesting and I will do a separate thread on it later. Now the temptation is to put this at the head of the repair queue.


Edited by boyscout862, July 28, 2013 - 08:23 AM.

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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:06 AM

Rick, congrats and I feel your pain. :D

Where's dem pics?
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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:22 AM

Nice find. Not quite show quality but can be with a little spic and span. Seat is near new (hard to find), Nice box blade. Good luck. Get more pics later. Roger.


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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:24 AM

There they are.

Hey, that's a nice package there... Looking forward to the thread on the grader... Trying to figure if its really homemade from the pics... I will take your word on it, but the blue paint, Brinly shanks, toolbar looking piece on the front... Neat anyways.
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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:28 AM

There they are.

Hey, that's a nice package there... Looking forward to the thread on the grader... Trying to figure if its really homemade from the pics... I will take your word on it, but the blue paint, Brinly shanks, toolbar looking piece on the front... Neat anyways.

The sides are wood and the scarifier teeth are actually cultivater teeth. The way that he hinged the teeth is very clever. He also had about 100# of chain on it for weight. He figured that this was too much and broke the hydraulic lift but at 82 he wasn't playing with it any longer.


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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:35 AM

Nice find. Looks like he didn't abuse it.

 

About that addiction thing.

The easiest way to stop feeling like you're addicted, is convince yourself that

your not addicted. The easiest way to do that, is to tell yourself, that people that have

75 tractors are addicted. It's that simple. Just raise the bar a bit higher, whenever you have to.

That's been working for me since tractor #3.


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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:35 AM

That's a fine looking machine! It is an addiction, but I've made it a point, or now it's more of an attempt to be brand specific. I obviously love bush hogs. Now I did buy a Case, and a Cub, but that's about as far as I've branched out, and only because they were EXTREMELY good deals. 

 

I'd love to come over and see what you have and to just chat sometime Rick. That Ford sure looks nice! Good find.


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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:41 AM

Nice find. Looks like he didn't abuse it.
 
About that addiction thing.
The easiest way to stop feeling like you're addicted, is convince yourself that
your not addicted. The easiest way to do that, is to tell yourself, that people that have
75 tractors are addicted. It's that simple. Just raise the bar a bit higher, whenever you have to.
That's been working for me since tractor #3.


Ergo, why you were saying the other day that people over 100 are old?
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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:44 AM

ADDICTING?    YES.     There is a program for that.  Step one is to give me all your tractors. :D  :D  :D   I'm at only 18 and looking at two more.   And  that is not enough!    ADDICTING?  YES!    Rick  


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Posted July 28, 2013 - 08:48 AM

That's a fine looking machine! It is an addiction, but I've made it a point, or now it's more of an attempt to be brand specific. I obviously love bush hogs. Now I did buy a Case, and a Cub, but that's about as far as I've branched out, and only because they were EXTREMELY good deals. 

 

I'd love to come over and see what you have and to just chat sometime Rick. That Ford sure looks nice! Good find.

You are welcome to visit. Just let me know. Maybe you and Chris can come together and he can pickup a Sears that he wanted to buy.

 I had hoped that a bunch of us would meet at Zagray last week but only Matt showed up at the machine shop. By the way, I am being brand specific, AC, AYP, Bolens, Craftsman, Cub, David Bradley, Dynamark, Ford, John Deere, Massey, MagnaTrak, Sears, Simplicity, Snapper, Wheelhorse, Wizard, and a few others. I'm trying to fill out the alphabet. LOL Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 28, 2013 - 09:00 AM

That is a wicked box blade, just be careful using it or handling it.

 

 

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Posted July 28, 2013 - 09:30 AM

That is a wicked box blade, just be careful using it or handling it.

 

 

Dick

I am very tempted to disassemble it back to the grader blade as it came from the Ford dealer. It is very heavy. I took half an hour to get it on the trailer with a couple of boards as a ramp. The teeth are replacements for a cultivater, I'll just save them or make them into another cultivator. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 28, 2013 - 09:33 AM

WOW that is a score!!!!, love the old style Fords. I see people list these old tractors as 14.5 hp, because it says 145 in the name on the side, or 12.5 on Cub 1250, or 16.5 on Wheel Horse 165s, i almost miss some of these ads because of it. Congrats, you really got a beaut


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Posted July 28, 2013 - 09:41 AM

WOW that is a score!!!!, love the old style Fords. I see people list these old tractors as 14.5 hp, because it says 145 in the name on the side, or 12.5 on Cub 1250, or 16.5 on Wheel Horse 165s, i almost miss some of these ads because of it. Congrats, you really got a beaut

I agree. I have three of these open side LGTs, two LTs, a 1971 4500 , a 73 2000, and a dozen attachments. They have great style. I hope to paint them all and line them up for a pic some day. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 28, 2013 - 10:15 AM

Sweet !    :thumbs:


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