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Tony in Mass.

10-05-2012 17:31:27

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I wish they didn't even need paint- I could just oil everything. Never 'over restore'. Nothing we have will every end up in a Barret Jackson auction. I saw a 1930's farmall someone 'over restored'... nothing looked right for a tractor. I heard once a long time ago that most model A Fords were restored to a better condition than they left the factory, so it distorts history in a way. I power wire brush the whole thing- say a plow, make sure it is all ready to use -solid, good bolts etc, then a coat of rustoleum in whatever color. When it is done tilling a couple acres, the shares and moldboards are as shiney as ever, the paint isn't 'fresh' anymore, and the world can sleep soundly once again...

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Jason S.

10-05-2012 17:57:38

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 Re: Restoration survey in reply to Tony in Mass., 10-05-2012 17:31:27  
Right now I'm working on one of the AEO sickle mowers. I've stripped it down and sand blasted and wire wheeled everything and primed it with self etching primer. I've put new bearings in it and new seals in it so functionally it's as good as new. But I am leaning more towards just painting it and leaving the pits in it to give it some This one still has the ferguson tag and the Detroit harvester tag. I do want to put those back on if I can figure out how to restore the tags.

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Tony in Mass.

10-05-2012 18:47:09

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 Re: Restoration survey in reply to Jason S., 10-05-2012 17:57:38  
Don't worry about pits, that was the obvious 'overrestored' Farmall I mentioned above... he filled in al the sandcasting -texture? As if it was all sheetmetal. Like I said about plows, in the first few hours, it will already have a nice.... patena? If the mower cuts hay, and the tractor doesn't die in the middle of the field, all will be just fine. I have a ??? FEO-20? balance mower... btw, was it you I mentioned that the NNA? 8N website has a long list of scanned op manuals for Dearborns and Ford-Ferguson implements, If you can't find it, I will see if I can fwd it... I'm not good at cut and paste stuff...

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