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#1 TomLGT195 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 26, 2014 - 06:28 PM

So this morning , in" I beat Kenny on this morning" ( which I didn't), I posted I was going to look at a motomower today. Well I did, and after a long ride, what a pile of @$!#. the description wasn't accurate. I was very clear that I was looking to restore it. I told him it needed to be mostly complete, not perfect but as long as the parts were  there, I had something to work with.  We agreed on some price perameters and I drove out.

Well, every body part was damaged heavily,the front axle was broken   then braised badly making it useless. all the hardware , especially the hard to find items were broken or completely missing. The tires were not dry cracked but didn't hold air. the carb linkage was broke/ extremely worn. choke cable broken, no ignition switch ( homemade) .

It did have the original wheel weights, so I said lets see if it runs maybe the engine is good. battery was dead so he jumped started it. it did run ok , no smoke , seemed strong. So I went to disconnect the cables to take it for a ride , see if the rear was good. It died, generator/ starter must not be charging.

I honestly could say it wasn't a good parts tractor because their wasn't any usable parts to be a donor.

 

I was very dissapointed, but after explaining what he really had, I made a fair offer. Value of the engine , wheel weights and the tires. He called his brother, who insisted on a value well over what i thought it was worth. 

I guess I've learned that everybody has a different idea of whats restorable, and too many people think because it's old ( and they never heard of it) it's rare and valuable.My fault for not being thorough . 

 

The day wasn't a total loss, my brother came with me, haven't seen him in a year, and when we got out there, we met our cousin, whom I haven't seen in 2 years.

 

Thanks for letting me rant . Tom


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Posted October 26, 2014 - 06:38 PM

Time spent with family is priceless even if you didn't get what u set out for . Maybe he will go to see the next one with you too.
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Posted October 26, 2014 - 06:43 PM

What you got was enough!...Lifes short.


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Posted October 26, 2014 - 06:44 PM

Everything happens for a reason...


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Posted October 26, 2014 - 06:45 PM

If the tractor had a Kohler ( I am guessing K161-K181),it won't run without a battery.


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Posted October 26, 2014 - 06:49 PM

It's hard to buy over the Internet!
I try to only go on a trip if I have family or friends to meet along the way.
It least that way it not a total waste!

Joe

Edited by Rock farmer, October 26, 2014 - 06:51 PM.

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Posted October 26, 2014 - 06:50 PM

Did you buy it or not?

I have a pile of motomower parts to make a whole most of one, but haven't completed that yet.

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Posted October 26, 2014 - 07:05 PM

Did you buy it or not?
I have a pile of motomower parts to make a whole most of one, but haven't completed that yet.

Uncle Rod just picked u an Executive.
He plans on making the missing stuff and fudging the rest
Interested in selling any of the parts in Blue?

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Posted October 26, 2014 - 07:16 PM

Thank shows like American pickers for thinking everything old is worth thousands.
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Posted October 26, 2014 - 07:33 PM

Uncle Rod just picked u an Executive.
He plans on making the missing stuff and fudging the rest
Interested in selling any of the parts in Blue?


All the parts in blue are long gone from my leftovers build. Lol
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Posted October 27, 2014 - 03:25 AM

If the tractor had a Kohler ( I am guessing K161-K181),it won't run without a battery.

 I'm sure your right, but I left battery connected, just unhooked the charger. It may have worked, but with the condition of everything else, it might as well been broken.



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Posted October 27, 2014 - 03:27 AM

Did you buy it or not?

I have a pile of motomower parts to make a whole most of one, but haven't completed that yet.

no, it wasn't the same model I have . 



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Posted October 27, 2014 - 06:18 AM

There was one at the Haul of Fame Swap on the 18th. I think it was mostly complete and had spare fenders and transmission cover. The kid said it was rare and wanted $1000 for it. I told him that 2 had sold for around $200 each around here in the last year. I thought that I had posted the pic with my other pics but can't find my posting from the swap. Good Luck, Rick

 

 

I found it   http://gardentractor...ame-swap-today/


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