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Re: Think I'll have to pass

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01-24-2013 14:21:50

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The market is pretty low around here right now, but I'm sure you could get

more than that selling it outright.

You might get more if you fix every little detail, but on the other hand you

may find someone who wants to buy a fixer upper so they don't have such

a large initial purchase price.

Selling it as a fixer upper, as long as you're up front about what's wrong

with it, should let you have a clear conscience.

I've bought many of mine with issues that I knew about up front,
a few not even running.

I never held it against the seller unless they were deceitful.

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01-24-2013 14:56:32

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 Re: Think I'll have to pass in reply to Royse, 01-24-2013 14:21:50  
Ya,the devil of it is,it's not expensive stuff that needs fixed,it's just not easy stuff. Needs a transmission input shaft seal,so it has to be spilt. The outer wheel bearing on one rear axle isn't out,but I know it was sqeaking until I put a zerk in in place of the plug and pumped grease in to it over and over for about a year,so the axle housing has to come off to fix that. Shift boots are bad,seat cushions are down to bare metal,the cows have ruined the lights and pulled the wiring out of them. It needs a bushing or bearing or whatever they have in that Y that the tie rods and drag link hook to. You can turn the steering wheel about half way in either direction before it takes up the slack. But outside of that,she's cherry.

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01-24-2013 14:59:49

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 Re: Think I'll have to pass in reply to rrlund, 01-24-2013 14:56:32  
I think that would be a perfect first tractor for someone to fix up and get their feet wet. Meaning that they have someone older and experienced to help them with the repairs.

You listed all the parts, if new owner does their own labor they will have a nice sized tractor to start out with.


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01-24-2013 15:08:25

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 Re: Think I'll have to pass in reply to Rick Kr, 01-24-2013 14:59:49  
There are people that I'd be OK selling it to that way as long as I told them what was wrong. I've sold things like that before and had the person tell me later how little they put in to something and how great it turned out to be.
On the other hand,some people are just royal P'sITA. I sold a nice 8N Ford to a guy one time. He called me four or five days later,asked me if I had another key for it. I didn't. He said he lost it and he was as pizzed off that I didn't have another one as anybody else would have been if it had spit a rod the first time he started it up.
Another time,I sold some pasture bred Holstein heifrs to a guy in weather colder than this. He hauled them all the way down by Ann Arbor,then called me a month later and demanded that I give him his money back on one of them because she threw a preemie calf. About a month after that,his son called,said his dad died and told him before he passed away to make sure he got that money from me.
Makes me real gun shy to sell anything to anybody for any ammount.

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01-24-2013 19:38:37

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 Re: Think I'll have to pass in reply to rrlund, 01-24-2013 15:08:25  
People are the most unpredictable creature there ever was. I have had similar experiences to yours.

The one that shocks me every time is when I am selling something that I know is almost given up its life and the seller really wants it and is happy. A few years later to tell me how great it still is running.

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