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#1 TokyoDrift99 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 09:00 AM

Hey guys, this is my first post, and I am wondering where you find your garden tractors for restoration. I have looked all over Craigslist for weeks. I have looked on ebay. I have looked in the newspaper, and I have looked on the side of the road. I went to a Cub Cadet dealer, and they had a 105 hydro, but it wasn't for sale because oneveryone if the employees restores tractors (the picture is his beautiful Cub Original). My last effort is to ask a neighbor if his rusty wheel horse is for sale. I doubt he will part with it seeing as he used to be a mower mechanic, and he kept what he wanted from his collection of tractors, and got rid of the rest. Any ideas as to where I could find some? I am open to all brands, so it's not that I'm picky. I am just really frustrated that after all these days of searching I have came up dry.
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Posted July 01, 2014 - 09:50 AM

Just what you are doing....You just get lucky sometimes.


Seems lately people are getting a little....ahh....different.


I called one CL list and he said now that he has had so many people call about it the price was now X and now Y.....well guess what...you can keep it.


It seems the Barret Jackson idea has started to drift down to this section of the hobby.....shame, but another reason I gave up on cars

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 10:14 AM

:welcometogttalk:  Any recycle/scrap metal centers around? Auctions?

As in anything, the search is half the fun. Keep looking I'm sure you will find something interesting.

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 10:39 AM

hhhhmmmmm...some of these might involve a bit of travel

















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Posted July 01, 2014 - 12:29 PM

Welcome to GTT. You can also try Swap Meets and Tractor Shows. Some of the antique truck shows will have a few if there is a vendor section. On Aug 23 you will have a meet in Ely, VT. Try for popular tractors so that parts may be easier to find. Deals like this seem to come up about once a month near me in CT. http://providence.cr...4543064459.html I've got three of them. Explore our galleries and Manuals Section(3 free downloads per day). Talk to relatives, friends and coworkers. There are still a few freebies out there.  Good Luck, Rick

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 12:39 PM

Let your friend's and coworkers know, I do a lot of riding around, looking behind sheds and in the weed's. I also am on C.L. daily. Seem's like everyone has G.T'S setting around. The hard part is finding a good deal, let's face it ,they are just garden tractors and you can put LOT's of dollars in them. Good luck in your search 

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 01:05 PM

Let your friend's and coworkers know, I do a lot of riding around, looking behind sheds and in the weed's. I also am on C.L. daily. Seem's like everyone has G.T'S setting around. The hard part is finding a good deal, let's face it ,they are just garden tractors and you can put LOT's of dollars in them. Good luck in your search 


Eeeeek, how can you say that? :shoot2:  :smilewink: 

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 01:48 PM

Like girlfriends, the finding the first is always the hardest.  Once you have one, they come out of the wood work fast & furious.  As of March 10th, 214, I had 4 tractors.  Today, I have 10 and leads on 2 more.  

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 01:57 PM

Have you tried our members on GTT? The East Coast is a veritable hot bed of GT sales.

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 02:05 PM

The best thing I can say is let your intentions be known.  When people learn that you have interest in restoring old garden tractors, they kind of start coming to you, especially after you get the first one done.  Take it to a show, you will probably leave with leads on one or two more.  There are only so many out there but I haven't found the end of the line yet.  Good luck.

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 02:41 PM

99% of ours from craigslist

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 02:43 PM

Place a couple "wanted ads" around and start talking to other people involved in GTs as a hobby or part time business, Thats how I started a couple yrs ago... now I buy and/or sell at least one or two every month.


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Posted July 01, 2014 - 06:13 PM

Public auctions are a good place to find them.

Several of mine were found by my brother because his girlfriend is a special process server.  Course you can't really ask about them when you are serving legal papers to people that are not in the best of mood at the moment but you can go back later in a different set of wheels.  :smilewink:


Ask any local delivery men such as:

furniture store employees

propane salesmen

electric co-op linemen


Edited by Gtractor, July 01, 2014 - 09:33 PM.

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Posted July 01, 2014 - 10:26 PM

I see a few at auctions, have been tempted on several cubs, last one sold for $250, had a deck and a tiller go with it.  Looked like it was well taken care of, ran good.  Would not have taken much besides a good cleaning and paint touch-up, would have been a quick restore/sell for a decent profit.

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Posted July 02, 2014 - 05:33 AM

Is there a brand or size your after ? And how old are you looking for ?   I've got my 2  Power Kings they way Lance said , put an ad in the local free paper , I was looking for a parts tractor for the one I had ,, ended up  buying  two one for $125 and the other for $200 , with all sorts of attachments .  Good Luck , almost forgot

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