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#1 Talntedmrgreen OFFLINE  

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Posted December 28, 2013 - 09:40 PM

One of the B's that has evaded me for a few years now, has been the B-1.  I tried to chase down a few, so-so survivors, but was either far outbid, missed the boat, or simply wasn't comfy pulling the trigger. 

 

Today the search is over!  I have become a big fan of trading, and was offered an amazing B-1 for my Massey Sweepster.  I was told it didn't have compression, and hadn't moved from the barn in 30 years.  It was the lone AC of a large GT collection, and hadn't seen daylight in decades.  It appears to be 99% original...no repaint, original tires and dust caps, decals, seat, grill, etc.  It's missing the grill badge, but is the first B-1 I have seen with the correct front and rear light placements, though the brackets came from Simplicity and are orange.  The Model 19 is dated October 1962.

 

 

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The tractor is damage free...I can't find a dent or crease anywhere.  Everything has a nice even patina, and I was hoping to find a stuck valve, for an easy fix.  Turns out, the compression is great, and the tank clean.  The points were a mess, but cleaned up easy and it has nice spark.  The fuel line was crusty and pinched, so I replaced that, fueled her up, and within 45 minutes or so, had her warmed up, dialed in and went for a joy ride!  Quite possibly, the easiest ressurection I've worked on...didn't even have a mouse house in the shroud.  The shifter and steering are pretty stiff and gummy, but everything should clean up real nice.  I won't do a thing to it cosmetically...I love the way it looks.

 

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Pretty neat dealer tag too...they are still in business today.

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Now, to find a forklift attachment for her!


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#2 farmerall ONLINE  

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Posted December 28, 2013 - 09:45 PM

Wow that is in great shape, the deck looks like it was hardly used and very straight for one that old, very nice find. Let me talk to my brother, he has a grille badge from an early B10 that he may part with if you are looking for one.


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Posted December 28, 2013 - 09:47 PM

Beautiful B. glad you were able to get her going so easy.

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Posted December 28, 2013 - 09:52 PM

Looks great. Don't touch it. :thumbs:

Nice that you found another on your list.



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Posted December 28, 2013 - 09:54 PM

Very nice. I looked for a B-1 myself I gave up and acquired a Big Ten



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Posted December 28, 2013 - 09:55 PM

good things happen to those who wait, very nice tractor, i would leave her the way she is, grand old girl



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Posted December 28, 2013 - 10:08 PM

Congratulations!  That is one sweet looking survivor. :thumbs:

I agree. Don't re-do anything other than a thorough cleanup.

 

Time to celebrate. :beer:


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Posted December 28, 2013 - 10:15 PM

What a sweet find ! one in a million, great shape.

Puts me in mind of the Simplicity Landlord.



#9 Jack OFFLINE  

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Posted December 28, 2013 - 10:15 PM

Sweet, that's a keeper.    :good_job:



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Posted December 28, 2013 - 10:17 PM

Wow that's a good one  :thumbs:



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Posted December 28, 2013 - 10:27 PM

Looks nice!



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Posted December 28, 2013 - 11:16 PM

Dandy way to start the new year---- congrats.



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Posted December 29, 2013 - 12:14 AM

Very nice B-1! Been keeping my eye out for one for my dad. It would be great to find one in that kind of shape but no luck so far.



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Posted December 29, 2013 - 01:38 AM

:beer:  :beer:  Great find Josh. Have a couple to celebrate. My first B1 is in about the same condition patina wise. Probably should get it running in the spring and mount the sickle mower. Other one is just for show transportation and needs a front crank seal....Dave


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Posted December 29, 2013 - 03:14 AM

I notice the dealer does not have an email contact listed on their website. Do you plan on contacting them and sending a link to this thread? Or at least a pic or two?


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