Went to an estate auction today of a guy I knew that collected a little bit of everything. He was known at local shows for his Speedex's. He had an S-14 and an S-24 painted up pretty nice, and a 1430 that he didn't get to before he passed. He was only 52 and left a wife and little girl.
We actually met because of his Speedex tractors. He was looking for a genuine Speedex cart to pull his little girl around on in parades and such with his tractors. I had the correct cart but until today no Speedex's.
I went intending to get the S-24 as it was my favorite. I should have bid more but a young neighbor of his wanted one of the Speedex's so I backed out on the S-24, way sooner than I should have. It was still well worth the money.
I bought the other two, the S-14 and the 1430. Both have decks and the S-14 runs. The 1430 has a bad coil or other ignition problem. The tractors were horrible dirty as they had sat in a shed beside a gravel road for some time. At least the rain cleaned them some...
I like the S-14 because it fits in my tiny lil pickup. I was also able to get the 1430's deck in this load. The tractor itself is at a friends just about a mile from where the sale was. My friend bought the Oliver 66 seen in the background of the pictures and I drove it home for him as payment for storing my 1430 until I can get back up there to retrieve it. The weather was bad with rain off and on all day. Weatherman said no chance of rain until about 5 minutes after it started then they started to change their tune.
My old Speedex cart was sitting in the corner of the shed. He had painted it up to match the tractors. The widow kept it for their little girl, which I think was a good idea.
OH!!! and as we were headed home on a two-lane hwy with no shoulder some dickhead was passing on a solid yellow line right at the crest of the hill. I was going my usual under-the-speed-limit slow or we'd have been DRT, Dead Right There! He was going like his tail was on fire - I suppose 80 plus in a 55. I thought he was going to lose it whipping it back into his lane so hard his full size Chevy went into a skid but he saved it. I was sure I'd at least get the back of his pickup. I got over as far as I could without jumping the ditch. My tires were really singing until they left the pavement.
Edited by Gtractor, May 02, 2015 - 11:06 PM.