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#1 VintageIronCollector ONLINE  

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Posted May 30, 2014 - 06:50 PM

Fits Jacobsen Chief. I want to restore mine but don't want to go over its value either.



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Posted May 31, 2014 - 11:12 AM

If your worried about the end value you might be better off not restoring it all, antiques of any kind are only original once and thats usually when they are the highest value. Restoring garden tractors is no diff than restoring old cars, usually cost considerably more to do than they are worth in the end. .


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Posted May 31, 2014 - 11:53 AM

If your worried about the end value you might be better off not restoring it all, antiques of any kind are only original once and thats usually when they are the highest value. Restoring garden tractors is no diff than restoring old cars, usually cost considerably more to do than they are worth in the end. .

The thing is that is must be restored to be operational. I got it for free because I dug it out of the ground and wanted to restore it to give it life again. I figure that in the end I will have about $250-ish invested in it and wondered if it would be worth restoring.



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Posted May 31, 2014 - 04:33 PM

Only you can answer the question of how much to put into it.  None of our restored stuff usually brings as much as the actual $ investment, much less our labor we put into it.  If you plan to keep it, use it, or just add it to your collection to make you smile, then going over it's worth isn't that important.  Smiles are priceless.


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Posted May 31, 2014 - 06:07 PM

I sent close to a $1000 restoring a QA42 Snowthrower. I could have bought in good working for about a third of that. But I saved this from the scrap hard.

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Posted May 31, 2014 - 09:16 PM

I like och said... if it makes you happy, go ahead and do it, just dont expect your $$ back if you decide to sell it.

 

If it was mine I would fix it as cheaply as possible, clean it up, paint it, and use it. To 'Restore' something is alot more expensive however, and the budget is always the first thing thrown out. 


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Posted May 31, 2014 - 09:21 PM

A proper restoration will almost always exceed "what its worth" Unless its Ricks restorations people will never pay you what you put into restoring a machine as most want to do that themselves.

Best thing to do is sell it as is and let the next owner decide what he wants.



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Posted June 01, 2014 - 12:25 PM

 

 

If it was mine I would fix it as cheaply as possible, clean it up, paint it, and use it. To 'Restore' something is alot more expensive however, and the budget is always the first thing thrown out. 

That's a good idea. I will probably end up doing as you mentioned.

 






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