And thanks to the others who only see the positive in it. I am old and this makes me so happy to get up every morning .
Well I guess tonight will be the night for handing out the warning points, but I feel like I have to explain myself here.
First of all, if I'm going to be looked at as the negative one, then I might as well make it worth my while. On your opening post Don, you stated that the tractor was bought from the original owner, and that the tractor runs strong. So with reading that, I could only assume that the tractor was in tip top shape other than cosmetics. That is why I explained my opinion in my earlier post. Second of all, you posted on the reply to my post, that this tractor is a piece of junk, the carb is full of pin holes, the rear wheels are rust welded fast, and the wiring is a mess. Now if this is true, then explain how the tractor ran so well if the carb has pin holes and the wiring is a mess. If the carb was as bad as you stated, then why was it painted along with the engine? Wouldn't you fix all of these things before applying the paint? If the rear wheels were rust welded fast, then explain why the wheels were freshly painted in your 3rd update posting? Why would you spend the time painting the wheels, on the tractor for that matter, if you may have to heat up the wheels in order to get them off, and take a chance on burning the paint? You claim on your 4th post that the rear was full of water and rust, making it junk. Maybe so, but the picture you posted of it shows no signs of rust anywhere. It actually looks a whole lot better than a lot of transmissions that I have taken apart.
Your first post is dated August 30th, the day you had it delivered. The most recent post, which appears to be almost finished, is dated today the 8th. Now I can understand someone who is retired, has all day to do whatever he wants, and has a lot of time, but you my friend, have done more in just 9 days, then most restorers can do in a month. Now before anybody says, hmm, a restorer does this amount of work in a week, and Don does it in 9 days, seems like Don isn't going that fast. My answer, don't forget that there are two other tractors (John Deere 110's) that are being worked on and updated almost each day as well. Now, do the math again!
Next, I never said you didn't do nice work, and I never claimed that you weren't good at what you do, nor did I ever accuse you of not enjoying your work. I think you do some very nice fabrication work, and I believe you do enjoy your work. I have never criticized your work. I only stated that I didn't agree with you taking apart a decent machine, and making it something it wasn't meant to be. As I also stated, the tractor is yours to do with it what you want, and that I wasn't going to enjoy or follow this thread. As a restorer myself, I have gotten a lot of praise for my restorations, but I have also received a lot of criticism too. You take criticism hard, when instead, you should start using it to make yourself better. If someone tells me they don't like the way I did something, I don't get mad or upset. I try to see what it is they see, rationalize it, and find a way to utilize it in order to make me a better finisher. Criticism isn't always bad!
If you're upset, then I guess you're upset, and I more than likely won't be able to change that. I don't appreciate being referred to as negative, just because I voiced a simple opinion. Anytime you post something on a public forum like this, you got to understand that there will be positive and negative feedback, as you can't please everyone. But one thing for sure, you need to be able to accept the negative comments just as much as the positive comments, and you need to find a way out of the all about me attitude.