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Re: How to buy a rebuilt motor update 2- question

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12-18-2012 11:05:45

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Yes, I'm probably fixated on it, trying to make a good decision that is not going to cost me more in the end.

Have I heard everyone's opinion twice? not exactly.

Some have said jump on it for 300, some have said don't go more than 200, some have said walk away.
So based on that, I still don't know what to do.

Now it's known that it has the wrong head on it, does that still make it a good deal or an indication of more of a problem.

Many people have the resources, knowledge and connections to get right through this, I do not.

Many people have the confidence to jump right in, I don't.

Many people can hook up their hauler to their truck and drive 3-4 hours to get that runner for a grand, but I don't have either, I have to pay a wrecker to go get it, or try to find what I need close.

Sorry if I've aggravated you by asking questions and showing my ignorance and lack of knowledge.

Maybe it's time to just sell it all and walk away.

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Jason S.

12-18-2012 13:29:26

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 Re: How to buy a rebuilt motor update 2- question in reply to upnorthwi, 12-18-2012 11:05:45  
Yes, I said it"s worth $300.00 if it has a good block and crank. But now you have no way of knowing. You said your motor was stuck, why not take the head off of yours, take off the oil pan, take the rods loose and knock the piston, rod and sleeve out together. Take the $300.00 you save by not buying the other engine and get new sleeves, pistons, and rings for your current engine. Doesn"t that make more sense? If really need to get it running in a hurry you could always swap a TO20 engine into it. They are easier to find and usually cheaper. I bought one as an extra off of a board member here that was complete for $200.00. I just hate to see you spend $300.00 for an engine that may very well need the same parts your current engine needs...and if I was betting, I would say it does.

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12-18-2012 14:11:18

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 Re: How to buy a rebuilt motor update 2- question in reply to Jason S., 12-18-2012 13:29:26  
You make sense,

I guess I was still stuck on rebuilt, but since it's kind of obvious it's not, or right, I'd be buying 1 unknown when I already have 1.

thanks for your thoughts.

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Dan S (NY)

12-18-2012 12:47:15

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 Re: How to buy a rebuilt motor update 2- question in reply to upnorthwi, 12-18-2012 11:05:45  
It depends on why you bought your TO30 in the first place. If you just need a tractor to do work around the place and have no other interest beyond that, you could sell what you got and look for something that already works. On the other hand it you don't need to use it any time soon and are interested in learning about these old machines, get the blue Ferguson service book, read it through and start taking things apart. You gain confidence by practice and learning from mistakes. If you already have a seized engine you don't have much to lose anyway.


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12-18-2012 13:26:31

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 Re: How to buy a rebuilt motor update 2- question in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-18-2012 12:47:15  
I like the old tractors, wanted to restore one and maybe use it for some mowing, maintaining the drive etc, but more for saving a piece of history for my son and grandson.

I bought an 8N that needed the carb fixed. Found out later the motor was trash. I think that was 41200, sold it for maybe 900.

I liked the Ferguson's, wanted a 35, but came across a 30 in rough shape for about 800 + hauling. I started to look for parts and came across the stuck one. She wanted 1000 firm, we traded some guns. It's very nice, just stuck. Too nice to part out. The plan now was switching motors, but I didn't want to forever scrap the other. So now the plan was to rebuild the stuck one and fix both tractors. But now, the possibility of a rebuilt or at least a running motor for 300 pops up. Thus my long battle and confusion over what to do.

I have offered them for sale, but people want the live pto, or don't want to give anything for them.

I don't need it right now, I have my modern tractor for work.

If I could find someone to teach me how to rebuild it right, I'd feel better. But I can't even find a place near me to do machine work.

A lot of people always say NAPA, my 2 NAPA's barely know what a tractor is.

I'll have to figure something out soon though.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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