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10-17-2012 15:18:10

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I have noticed tractors going to scrap in our area too. In general, I get the feeling that collecting has started to decline and I knew it would be a matter of time. This is most likely due to the downturn in the economy in the past few years and the aging of folks who remember the equipment when it was new. Also, the younger generations (I"m 35), have to overcome the high cost of the hobby. I used to have over 40 tractors but have reduced my collection in the past few years because I bought a new house, had a daughter and have another baby on the way. I think ultimately I will have a small collection of nicely restored tractors in similar fashion to you.

Restorations are expensive and lots of young folks don"t have the patience or motivation for a long term project. Maybe they aren"t hearing about tractor auctions via Facebook or Twitter? Haha. Also, I"ve noticed that my excitement for sitting around tractor shows chatting about tractors has declined over the years. I focus more on tractor pulling now, and choose to restore tractors with the intention of using them on the track. The excitement of competition, tractor set up (I happen to be a mechanical engineer), and the myriad of factors that go into a successful hook is what keeps me motivated. I have noticed more young folks around the pulling track than walking the tractor shows.

All that being said, there are certain tractors we have in our collection that are well worth restoring, such as our comfortractor. These are longer term projects since parts have to be rounded up and extra care (time) is spent in the highest quality of restoration. It is difficult to make money doing restorations since the average cost of refurbishing by far outweighs the value of the average tractor. The exceptions are the rare tractors, but then again the initial cost for those is higher. There may be sentimental value in restoring common stuff (Farmall H, JD B, Allis WD, etc.) that outweighs cost, which is fine if the tractor is kept long term.

Best regards,

Zack Peterson
Author/Publisher: The Antique Tractor Pull Guide

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MM diesel

10-17-2012 16:16:28

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 Re: scrappers in reply to MMZAck, 10-17-2012 15:18:10  

I can agree with most of what you said. I also tend to be more into tractor pulling. Shed space for the overhuals seems to be my limiting factor. We farm for a living, and the real farming tractors NEED to be worked on first. It seems like every year we get 2 new projects and get 1 project finished. Thats why we have about 15 tractors waiting for their turn in the shop.

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10-17-2012 16:33:10

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 Re: scrappers in reply to MM diesel, 10-17-2012 16:16:28  
Wow, nice window in the side of the block! Haha. I had a Jet 3 with just about the same window and always thought it was funny the rod tore the engine tag off too. It's like MM never saw that coming.

I am limited on shop space as well. I do all of my work in a two car garage at my house. Sometimes it is like climbing around in a jungle gym. My dad has a bigger shop if any heavier work is to be done but he's a ways away.


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10-18-2012 17:27:03

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 Re: scrappers in reply to MMZAck, 10-17-2012 16:33:10  

Found a picture of my Jet 3 engine.

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