Back in 85 I bought a brand new Allis Chalmers 5020 4WD and currently it sits with just a bit less than 1200 hrs on the meter, everything works as it should, tires are good, could use a new seat, body is straight and paint is original. At the time I didn't have the means to buy the loader and perhaps it was a good thing as many of this model met an early demise if they were so equipped and worked hard, you either broke the tractor in half due to the aluminum bellhousing or busted up the front axle which now parts are so rare they don't exist beings that Hinomoto and Allis are both out if biz. Been a great tractor never had an issue with it in the 30+ yrs I have owned it.
The Tractor does have many feature short comings, no power steering, lack of hydraulic features beyond the 3pth, poor transmission gearing even though it's 12/3 the reverses are either to slow or to fast within the ranges. It's hard to get on and off (getting old I guess), large physical size and large turning radius, no mid mount equipment possibilities.
I suppose I could make a few modifications to the machine to bring it closer to modern, like electric power steer, external hydraulics, or is it just time to upgrade? I cringe the thought of anything new seeing some of the horror stories and then the price of things but I'm not sure I want to put any coin into the current machine. What to do, what to do??