And I do on both counts. A good example is the Allis Chalmers 914 shuttle shift tractor that I recently drug home to mow with. It had been sitting outside but covered. It started up and drove but the linkages were rusty and sticky so it broke a shuttle linkage piece. I brought it home and replaced the linkage piece with one from a parts tractor (having parts is nice too),lubed and greased it. Pressure washed it and used cleaning wax on it to make it a little more presentable. I adjusted the shuttle and brake linkages while I was at it.
I mowed with it and the carb had serious issues including a severely worn throttle shaft,so I pulled a carb off the shelf,took it apart,cleaned it and put it on and replaced the gas line that was rotted. While I was at it I put the air cleaner backing plate on right so it didn't hit the hood. Someone had broken the backing plate and had to reposition it for it to work,so I put one of mine on.I'm also running Seafoam and Marvel Mystery oil in the gas for the first few tanks.
Took it out today for its second mow and knowing the K321 burned a fair amount of oil on the first mow (but hoping for maybe a stuck ring to free up but I don't think thats going to happen),I stopped twice to check the oil and all went well until I was almost done. I was mowing between the road and field behind our place when suddenly the tractor wouldn't go any more. I shut it off and raised the seat pan and worked the linkage and saw a set bolt had come out of the shuttle linkage. So a quick trip up to the garage and pulled the same set bolt out of the shuttle parts tractor took it back to the 914,put it in and back to driving and mowing like a champ.
Then when I finished,I parked the tractor in the yard and went in to see my wife who had just got home. I went out while later to put it up and noticed that the carb was loose and about to fall off(I must not have tightened it).
All these are just little bumps to me I enjoy tinkering,working on,and even putting these old tractors back together and making them run and drive again but I'm just saying if you like having and using old equipment you had better enjoy working on them too and having parts and parts tractors around is a big plus.
Edited by rustyoldjunk, May 28, 2016 - 08:04 PM.