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#1 StevetotheH OFFLINE  

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Posted July 10, 2015 - 11:18 PM

I purchased this little lawn tractor from a gentleman in Oroville, CA. He told me that they used to ride it around when he was a kid. His grandfather is the one who originally bought the tractor from Western Auto in Orland or Willows,CA when it was new. He stated that this was the only one that was in the store. Plan on fixing it up for my daughter. Are these common? What's it worth? I'm not a pro at refurbishing old tractors, so if I refinish it myself what should I avoid to retain the value of something like this?

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Posted July 11, 2015 - 05:48 AM

Cute little cutter you have there. :thumbs: on taking on a Dad project.
I'm not a Quick/Springfield guy, but my experience is that riding mowers don't retain a lot of value. I know there are exceptions and maybe someday LT's will come into their own... But I see stuff like this being purchased for cheap or lower at almost any auction.
I'm afraid the restoration will have to be a labor of love, not an investment.
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Posted July 11, 2015 - 07:50 AM

Very little value but very cool!


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Posted July 11, 2015 - 11:07 AM

For the daughter the what's it worth doesn't really matter. Paint it her favorite color and let her enjoy.


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Posted July 12, 2015 - 07:08 PM

For the daughter the what's it worth doesn't really matter. Paint it her favorite color and let her enjoy.

Agreed, I just didn't want to ruin it if it did have some rarity.

Very little value but very cool!

 It does have the cool factor going for it, that's for sure 

Cute little cutter you have there. :thumbs: on taking on a Dad project.
I'm not a Quick/Springfield guy, but my experience is that riding mowers don't retain a lot of value. I know there are exceptions and maybe someday LT's will come into their own... But I see stuff like this being purchased for cheap or lower at almost any auction.
I'm afraid the restoration will have to be a labor of love, not an investment.

I was hoping for something around "not worth much", I like what I'm hearing, doesn't sound like I'm going to get beat up on for cleaning her up and putting her back on the "lawn". I would have went about the restoration a bit different if it was a super rare bird, I've been having fun with it instead of worrying about the nuts and bolts matching. The daughter is going to get a kick out of it, that is a sure thing! Hell, I'm getting a kick out of it. I love stuff made in the USA, when America made everything and a having a chance to preserve a little piece of that has been very rewarding.
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Posted July 12, 2015 - 07:26 PM

It takes a pretty smooth surface to not get homogenized while riding the LT's, but they have a certain allure.
Always made me feel like I was back, riding my tricycle or something :D

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Posted July 13, 2015 - 06:40 AM

Agreed, I just didn't want to ruin it if it did have some rarity.

 It does have the cool factor going for it, that's for sure 

I was hoping for something around "not worth much", I like what I'm hearing, doesn't sound like I'm going to get beat up on for cleaning her up and putting her back on the "lawn". I would have went about the restoration a bit different if it was a super rare bird, I've been having fun with it instead of worrying about the nuts and bolts matching. The daughter is going to get a kick out of it, that is a sure thing! Hell, I'm getting a kick out of it. I love stuff made in the USA, when America made everything and a having a chance to preserve a little piece of that has been very rewarding.

To me it wouldn't have matter if it was worth a bunch or not, it could always be redone again later on back to the factory scheme.



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Posted July 13, 2015 - 09:42 AM

Agreed on the low value assessment. But you do have a neat little slice of LT history there. And one that will generate conversation, compliments and a nice sense of satisfaction if you bring it back to a running/operating state. You can't buy those things at Walmart. And as you said you're already having fun with it. Sounds like a great opportunity for some fun and fond memories for you and your daughter. I'm just hoping you include us during the process of bringing the lil bugger back :thumbs:


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Posted July 13, 2015 - 06:57 PM

She's coming along nicely. One thing that has become really obvious, I need a blasting cabinet. Might weld one up this weekend. Here are some before and after pictures. Another day or two and she should be back together and running. The two-tone fender held me up a bit, have to wait for the red to cure before masking it off.

Status: motor is running, transaxle is free and spinning.

That trans was a time sucker. Everything else should be straight forward.

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Posted July 13, 2015 - 07:01 PM

Sounds and looks like some nice progress  :thumbs:


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Posted July 14, 2015 - 03:30 AM

Getting there. Rear fender is done. From what I could tell it was all white originally, I couldn't do it. I think its got a nice 50-60's vibe now.

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Posted July 14, 2015 - 04:07 AM

I like it! Looks good!


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Posted July 14, 2015 - 05:16 AM

 

I need a blasting cabinet

I think most of us here would like one lol  Looking great !  You just don't see enough of the smaller lawn equipment as there should be at shows .


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Posted July 14, 2015 - 06:35 AM

Looks good, I'm sure she will like it. You might want to make sure you have a full rubber boot on that spark plug before she starts riding it.


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Posted July 14, 2015 - 09:03 AM

Really like the paint scheme you came up with. Can't wait to see it tie in with the other tins :thumbs:


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