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#1 daytime dave ONLINE  

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Posted February 13, 2016 - 05:33 PM

A fellow forum member contacted me about Dad's White garden tractor.  He had a friend in PA who's grandfather had a white GT as a kid.  It was similar to dad's and he wondered if dad would sell or trade.  I asked him and dad said sure, he didn't need anymore GT's, but would sell it.  After almost a month, due to me having a busy schedule, the day finally came.  

 

Mike and his girlfriend drove 31/2 hrs from PA (four adn a half if they counted the hour they sat still on the Thruway due to an accident) to dad's place.  I wasn't planning to be there, I had lots of other things to get done today.  As fate had it, I had to go to town near dad's, so I called to see how the transfer went.  They hadn't arrived yet.  Since I was close and mom had just put on coffee, I stopped over for a cup.  A couple of minutes after I arrived, Mike backed his truck and trailer in.  It was his grandfather's very same White.  His grandfather had put those headlights on.  We got it loaded onto the trailer, pushing of course, and then went in to have coffee.  His grandfather lived about 10 miles from my parents place.  His grandfather bought it brand new.  Mike first drove it at age three.  Mike explained his grandmother apparently gave the tractor to the person dad bought if from.

 

Once they were warmed up, they headed out as they had a long trip.  It was lousy weather in Upstate NY today.  The temp was -2 f when they arrived.  The wind was getting up pretty good too.  A quick picture or two and they were gone.  Mom, dad and I were thrilled that Mike got the tractor.  They were a really great couple.  We enjoyed our visit.  I encouraged Mike to join here.  I hope he does.

 

The bottom picture is Mike on his grandfather's, now his, White.  I don't think it gets much better than that.

 

 

 

 

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Posted February 13, 2016 - 05:40 PM

That is great to hear! Glad you got him hooked up to that tractor!


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 05:41 PM

Very cool story to find your family tractor years later. I own tractors that have never left the family since purchased. Less stress locating them that way lol.
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Posted February 13, 2016 - 06:23 PM

Very cool story to find your family tractor years later. I own tractors that have never left the family since purchased. Less stress locating them that way lol.

Yeah! In WV, you're neighbors are family! :poke:


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 06:33 PM

Nice story, glad he got that tractor. Where in NY?, it was -2 here most of the day too.


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 06:46 PM

A really cool story!  Thanks for sharing.


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 07:13 PM

A really cool story!  Thanks for sharing.

 

:ditto:   Great story!


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 07:35 PM

That's a great story! What a feeling it must have been after realizing it was the same tractor.
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Posted February 14, 2016 - 12:16 PM

That's a great story! What a feeling it must have been after realizing it was the same tractor.

It was a great feeling. As soon as I pulled up to the driveway and saw the back of it, I knew it was the right one. The headlights of course, were the true identifier of it. I am absolutely thrilled to have it back. I can't thank everyone involved enough times. My entire family knew that i had a good lead on it, and they are all very excited to see it when they come to town. 


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Posted February 14, 2016 - 04:59 PM

 My entire family knew that i had a good lead on it, and they are all very excited to see it when they come to town. 

 

 

That's great to hear Mike.  I'll bet the stories will pour out about their favorite memories when they look at it.


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Posted February 14, 2016 - 06:10 PM

It was a great feeling. As soon as I pulled up to the driveway and saw the back of it, I knew it was the right one. The headlights of course, were the true identifier of it. I am absolutely thrilled to have it back. I can't thank everyone involved enough times. My entire family knew that i had a good lead on it, and they are all very excited to see it when they come to town. 

:wave: Welcome to the Madness, Mike! Glad you found the one you were looking for!


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Posted February 15, 2016 - 08:25 AM

Awesome story Dave, and Mike welcome to the garden tractor maddness that makes this place so great!!
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