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Re: Ebay: Marty 2374 (Marty Prill) Unprofessional.

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06-20-2011 19:30:02

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I've been debating if I should tell this story as I've certainly made a few good purchases from the man.
It was a couple years ago I was up to his place picking up parts I had won on ebay when I seen a 1066 at his place and when I asked him about the tractor he said it ran excellent ( super strong or words to that effect) and he would be parting it out soon.
So I told him to call me when he had the engine out as I was interested in a complete engine, turbo, manifolds, etc to transplant into another tractor. A couple weeks later he called and said the engine was out and ready if I still wanted it. I drove to his place on a Sunday and as I stood there looking at the (complete) engine (exhaust manifold, turbo ect), something told me not to make the purchase. It was just a gut reaction, nothing more. Marty was no where in sight, so I left.
He apparently seen me pulling out of the driveway and called because when I got back to the shop he had left a couple messages. I returned his call that night and told him I had simply changed my mind and for him to go ahead and part the engine out (as he usually does). The fact that I changed my mind didn't cost him any extra time except to perhaps set the engine down and pick it up once, and it didn't cost him any money as he would have parted the engine out anyway.
I could tell he was mad on the phone. The following week I see the engine in pieces, the head, the block, manifolds, turbo, etc all with good clear photos on Ebay. What I seen was shocking. 2 of the exhaust ports were blocked SOLID with carbon from oil consumption. Other parts of the engine showed obvious signs that is was not in good running condition. At best that engine was running on 4 of the 6 cylinders and most likely the reason the tractor was at his place being parted out.

Well as it turned out, I bid on some of the parts and won the head, crank, and front cover. He didn't put 2 and 2 together until I arrived to pick up the parts. You should have seen the look on his face when I stepped out of the truck and picked up that head. I didn't say anything at that moment because I just wanted to complete our deal on the parts and leave but he was having a FIT telling me how I cost him money by not buying the engine, etc, which to this day I still don't understand except he didn't get $1400 out of me for a worn out engine that he said ran excellent, rather he got about $200 for the head, crank and front cover. I really had to work at it to keep him from going completely off the rails. He was throwing things around but I kept very calm and handed him the cash and left.
Once I got in my truck and safely down the road I called him and told him I knew he tried to stick it to me and it was clearly obvious the engine had 2 dead holes at a minimum. He didn't really defend himself, he didn't say much at all. He knew that I knew what the real deal was.
I'd still buy from him. He's just one of those kind of guys where you can't allow yourself to be in a position where he can stick it to you, or he may.

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06-23-2011 14:10:48

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 Re: Ebay: Marty 2374 (Marty Prill) Unprofessional. in reply to Gearnut, 06-20-2011 19:30:02  
You just basically described too many that are in the tractor business. They usually start out doing the right things, but somewhere along the way they get it in their crazy head that MONEY is the only thing that is important. And it is always their money, your's does not matter. Funny how that works.
I have held back a story about a 730D ES that was up for sale by a guy that is well liked and runs several auctions a year in Western Georgia. I talked to him several times on the phone before he convinced me to make the trip. I asked that he not start it until I get there. Surprize, I get there and it was hot from running. All I can say is that he gave me answers that were very obvious lies. For instance, I wanted to check the oil. He said, "no need, I just checked it and it is full." I pulled the dip stick anyway and it was very milky. He looked at me, and said, "they all do that when they sit outside, they get a little mositure in the oil, but it clears up when it gets hot." (funny, the engine WAS hot)
The clutch shuttered, he said "all it needs is a little grease", the power steering pulled to one side, he said, "it just needs a little fluid". It had white puffs out of the exhaust, he said "they all do that, it is a diesel". I think you can see that if I had recorded his answers, no one would go near his place.
Oh well, if he can live with those lies, more power to him.
He was little miffed that I did not buy the tractor. Now that part was truly funny, like it was all about him.

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