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#1 toomanytoys84 ONLINE  

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Posted September 16, 2013 - 08:55 AM

I was thinking about this last night awhile flipping through craigslist.

 

Back in 2004 we got flooded in the ohio valley twice from the hurricanes traveling up the cost.  There is an island in the middle of the of the ohio river called "wheeling island"(go figure) and a lot of it was under water.  We have a local paper called the Greentab.  Well I found an add in there "Cub Cadet 107, Has been stored outside, was underwater for 1 week 50.00"  Figured what the heck.  I picked up the phone, called him up and went and picked it up for 50 bucks.  He also threw in the attachments.  A tiller, wheel weights, and a plow.  It was actually in decent shape, but being stored outside for many many years it was pretty rusty, plus sitting underwater had allowed water to enter the transmission and engine.  Both were froze up. 

 

A little marvel mystery oil went into the engine, and I drained and flushed the transmission several times, and reloaded it with fresh oil.  After a large breaker bar, some more oil, the motor broke free.  She started up, and smoked like a tire fire.  Aside from the smoking it ran pretty good.  Put it in 1st it stalled the engine when I let the pedal out.  So, I tied it to the 4 wheeler, and started dragging it down the alley.  After about 20 feet of dragging the rear end, it broke free, and drove around fine.

I was telling a guy at work about the tractor, and he got on the kick that he wanted this tractor badly.  I didn't want to sell it, but he wouldn't leave me alone.  So I told him a stupid asking price.  500 dollars.  He said, well I want to see it first 500 is a good deal!  So he came over after work, he started the tractor up, drove it around the yard killing all the mosquitos in the yard.  He went to his truck handed me 5 100 dollar bills and loaded it up.  I made a 450 dollar profit, and he got a tractor he wanted.  I guess we both won out.

 

I am still in awe that he wanted this tractor so badly.  Shortly after he got fired from the mine and I haven't talked to him since.  I wonder how long he ran that thing smoking. 


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Posted September 16, 2013 - 09:43 AM

Thanks for the story... you wouldn't be from the cloverport area would you?

 

By far the worst condition that I've picked one up in (with intentions of fixing rather than scrapping) is my '72 GT-14. If I end up keeping it, it will be a gem one day.



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Posted September 16, 2013 - 09:45 AM

Toomanytoys84 Didn't you feel ashamed of  yourself for taking that much for the tractor, LOL,I could have taken $100 knowing I have doubled my money is doing good.

 

 

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Posted September 16, 2013 - 09:46 AM

My Bush Hog V4-6 hands down!  

 

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Posted September 16, 2013 - 09:51 AM

Toomanytoys84 Didn't you feel ashamed of  yourself for taking that much for the tractor, LOL,I could have taken $100 knowing I have doubled my money is doing good.

 

 

Dick

 

I did feel bad, but I didn't want to sell it, and he wouldn't take no for an answer.  I wanted a restoration project, and I was not going to find another for that price tag.  I had everything I needed to restore it to its former glory, including a rebuild engine ready to go on it.    I figured when I threw out that price he would of walked away, but he wouldn't take no for an answer.  He felt he was ripping me off at 500!


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Posted September 16, 2013 - 10:51 AM

I'd say the 317 I'm working on here. http://gardentractor...i-resist/page-1

 

It probably should have been scrap. I did get it at a good price though. It still really hasn't cost me all that much. It's the time it's taken to rebuild that is the real cost.


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Posted September 16, 2013 - 11:28 AM

I have four that I'm almost ashamed of... Almost.
The Scrap Massey, but I've had way more fun with it than I should've. :thumbs:
A b10 Allis that I traded for a tiller. It belonged to a VP at Allis and I needed to save it for that reason alone.
A WH c-120 hydro that someone else owns now and was more fungus green than red.
And the custom 10 that I bought out of pity and to do a buddy a favor. It will be parts, but the damn thing runs like a top.
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Posted September 16, 2013 - 05:09 PM

Mine would be the Massey Executive I just had to have.   Rick

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Posted September 16, 2013 - 05:40 PM

Oh man, this is a slippery slope for me, i did a good deal of my shopping at my local scrap yard lol. I am not ashamed to say I pawned off most of those machines to some good members of this very forum. In fact, one of them went on to win tractor of the month lol.

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Posted September 16, 2013 - 07:30 PM

The first JD 345. All new cosmetics front to back. Carburetor replaced, wiring harness, deck, lights, and it ended up becoming a whole new tractor anyway. Sadly I have no photos of it. Now I did have a 110, but I ended up just scrapping (cringe ) it. It was long gone. I salvaged what I could though.

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Posted September 16, 2013 - 11:03 PM

Pic's and video of my '72 GT14 that I posted about. It is rough but the engine runs much smoother than the repowered '69 model:

 

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Posted September 17, 2013 - 06:27 AM

That would have to be my Ford. Poor thing was in real bad shape.

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