Saturday, October 24, 2015
Two Working Tractors Once Again
Went to another auction today and picked up this old girl. Yes another 8N. This one is either a 51 or a 52 I haven't went and checked the serial number yet but she has the side mounted distributor. I guess she could also be a 50. Her paint is worn and she has a cancer spot in the front cover that's completely rusted through but she started up pretty easily once someone who knew something about her got on her and coaxed her into it.
That would have been me. I kinda wished I hadn't started her up though because that raised the value on her by a bit for everyone but I kinda had to know before bidding I guess.
The choke won't stay open, she floods easily as they left her sitting without shutting off the gas line/sentiment bowl and she was completely out of transmission fluid. Her hydraulic lifts are getting a bit tired too.
That's the bad things. The good things are someone just replaced the back rims with brand new ones. This is a huge plus. The lights all work (A new experience for me and old Ford tractors), she has brand new gauges including an after market tack and someone put a custom bumper on the front that can really take some punishment.
My plan is to use her until I get the 861 diesel up and running again and then re-sell her. I bought her and the brush hog for the whopping total of $960.00 so I can't go wrong unless something drastic breaks on her between now and then. I have seen 8N's go for $1800.00 or more that were in far far worse shape than this old gal let me tell you.
That Brush Hog is an old 60's model made in Springfield Missouri and is the heaviest brush hog I have seen in years. It even has a stump jumper under it. It never hurts to have an extra brush hog laying around either. For the price I gave for it I might cut one side out and use it for cutting weedy hay with. Or I might sell her with the tractor when the time comes who knows?
There were a couple of other things I would have bid on if the diesel was running right now. An old Hessen mower conditioner went for less than $300.00 I would have loved to have but she needed external hydraulics so I passed. Had I known for certain 100% the diesel would be back up by Spring I would have bid but there are still a lot of things that can go wrong with my plan.
Anyway I see my post hole digger going on this old girl once I get her tranny filled back up.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!