Thanks Guys for the help and opinions. I say he's a friend, but after thinking about it some more, I'm wondering just how good of a friend he really is or was. We were in constant contact up until the time I sold him the tractor, and after the sale, we kind of lost touch. Maybe a few phone calls after the sale, but just kind of dwindled from that point on. I'm starting to wonder if he just used me to strike up a deal on something he really wanted. And now, all of a sudden, he needs me again, only for assembling his tractor. I can't help but wonder how things will be after the tractor is done and complete. More than likely won't hear from him again until he is in need of something else.
Caleb and I relocated all of the parts into the garage tonight so they won't get ruined, and after surveying them, I found that there are paint skippers everywhere. Most of the painted parts weren't stripped down to the bare metal, and the parts that were stripped, were never sanded between coats and appears to only have one coat of finish color. Part of me really wants to just strip everything and start over. Not for him, but just for my own satisfaction. But then again, part of me just wants to call him and tell him I can't bring myself to lowering my standards in putting this tractor back together the way it looks. I really wish I would have been here when he arrived, then I could have surveyed the parts before he unloaded and then declined the job right then and there. I have the feeling that no matter what I choose to do, the "friendship" will be over. I'm not worried about my finish not meeting his expectations, as I'm pretty sure I can do better than what I'm seeing now, but I know he won't be willing to pay what I'd need for my time and material. If I reject the job, he'll be mad and I'll be putting my reputation on line. Since realizing that there really isn't a friendship like I originally thought, losing a friend like him won't bother me. My reputation however, is something I don't take lightly, and I value dearly what others think of me. After all, look at my profile page sometime. I have almost as many profile views as I do Thanks, and nearly 700 friends on my friends page. Something I hold very high in value!
I'll keep you posted on what I decide to do, and I Thank you all again for the advice and opinions. You guys are great!!!