. . . and if I repaint will it affect the collectability?
. . .some people like em original, and some people like em restored!
The official word in the antiques world is "vintage patina". Some guys will pay premium prices for "unmolested" finishes.
these tractors don't sell currently for any big money, so I don't see repainting it being a value issue.
Does everyone see what is happening here? We have frequently discussed the phenomenon of rising prices for tractors and it's effect on our hobby. It starts with one or more persons asking for astronomical prices on eBay and other media. Soon folks start believing that their prices are usual and correct. I'm wondering what the OP thinks is the value of his machine. What is the top price he would pay for it?
Another thing is the perception we have of our tractors. Is it an old machine put back to work? Is it a vintage reminder of another time? Is it a work of art? At one time, folks treated full size tractor restoration as a hobby, a past time. Who would ever have thought that one day these machines would go for a high price and be shipped to wealthy collectors in foreign countries?
I suppose it is foolish to think we can change the course of history or even slow it down. In my own area, it seems that for a few years, I was running into Wheel Horse everywhere. I would find them sitting along the road. Now if I do see one it is a later 300-400 series. An early one from the late 50s or early 60s is going to be gaining in prices.