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Funny How Things Turn Out!

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old61

12-06-2013 09:09:24
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My son and I went to a farm sale several weeks ago and purchased a Super C Farmall in need of some work. My son bought and old McCormick manure spreader for $ 20.00 and a disc and plow. We stopped at the little tractor shop outside of Dycusburg Ky.to drop off the SC for repairs. The Old fellow there said he could fix the spreader if we need it done reasonable. So we unloaded the SC and spreader and left.
The old fellow called Monday and said everything was done ready to go. I asked how much I owed him and he said it wasn't to bad and laughed!
When we got to the shop the SC looked better and had several items fixed and ran good. The spreader was repaired new floor brushed with oil, new cross sills, beaters repaired, side panels welded up, hitch straighten, and tires replaced with used truck tires. The bill came to $ 545.00 for both, which I thought was very reasonable. I thanked the man and we left for our 70 mile trip home. On the way home we stopped at Mickey D's and as we were going in a man stopped us and asked if we would be interested in selling the spreader? I looked at my son and said well? The boy looked the man in the eye and said yes but it was $600.00 cash! The man asked if we would deliver to his farm about 10 miles away? The boy looked at me and I said yes! The man said follow me to my bank and I will get you the money! To the bank and on to his farm we went. The man thanked us and we headed home. Who says there is no free lunch any more!

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Goose

12-06-2013 14:10:59
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to old61, 12-06-2013 09:09:24  
In 1974 I bought a '72 Chevelle body shell to use to reskin a '69 Chevelle stock car. The '72 had been totaled and the front end sheet metal, engine, and transmission were gone. The interior was intact.

After I'd loaded it on my trailer, I stopped for gas on the way out of town. (Omaha). Before I left the gas station, I'd sold the white vinyl bucket seats for more than I paid for the whole car.

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pburg

12-06-2013 11:05:15
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to old61, 12-06-2013 09:09:24  

Did it look anything like this? I have trouble getting that kind of $$ out of a refurbished one.



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LA in WI

12-07-2013 13:37:32
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to pburg, 12-06-2013 11:05:15  
pburg,
Is that P"burg, IA? Grew up around there.
What is the model of the spreader?
LA in WI



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merlynr

12-06-2013 12:53:46
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to pburg, 12-06-2013 11:05:15  
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How much are those spreader tires $?



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pburg

12-06-2013 13:53:10
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to merlynr, 12-06-2013 12:53:46  
Merlynr----$300 for 2 tires and tubes



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Mike (WA)

12-06-2013 10:31:38
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to old61, 12-06-2013 09:09:24  
If I could buy old manure spreaders for 20 bucks apiece, I'd do it all day. They're a hot item with the part-timers and horse folks- They buy a tractor and bush hog, and the next purchase is a manure spreader.

From the description, I think you did just fine at $600, but it wasn't over priced.

When I was a feckless youth, I was building a hot rod and bought a Chev 283 V8 at a local wrecking yard for $125. Stopped at a store on the way home for a Coke and a Moon Pie, and a guy offered me $200 for it off the back of my truck. Didn't take it, but in retrospect, should have done the deal and gone back and got a 327!

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pete 23

12-06-2013 10:26:20
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to old61, 12-06-2013 09:09:24  
Is this old fellow who did the reasonable repair the same one who was taking it in the shorts by so many for not charging enough, or do we have more guys who charge what they feel their work is actually worth.



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flying belgian

12-06-2013 09:45:52
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to old61, 12-06-2013 09:09:24  
This is maybe a place for me to tell this. Yesterday I stop at the post office to change address for mothers mail. Young lady was at counter ahead of me with large package on the scale. She had a ten dollar bill in her hand. Postmaster was telling her something I could not hear. Finally postmaster said "I'm sorry" and the young lady grabbed her package and walked away. I asked postmaster "did she not have enough money" Postmaster said right. I ran after the lady and asked how much more she needed? Two dollars and some cents. I reached in my billfold and handed her a $5. That young lady could not have thanked me enough she was so grateful. We went back to the counter and I went first. She said if I wait I can have the change. I could not wait. I said just pass it on to the next person whose a little short and left. Morel of the story. That lady was dressed very sharply and hair and nails done perfect. I'm sure she had the money, just not with her. But it is not always the poor that need a little help.

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SDE

12-06-2013 15:17:06
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to flying belgian, 12-06-2013 09:45:52  
A nice looking woman was checking out at Pamida. Most of what she was buying were cleaning supplies. The clerk told her that they could not accept her form of payment. I offered to take a check, but she just walked out. I think she may have been starting over after a failed relationship. I felt bad for her.
SDE



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Goose

12-06-2013 14:19:12
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to flying belgian, 12-06-2013 09:45:52  
I once helped a car with Illinois plates out of a snow bank in my home town here in Nebraska.

They wanted to pay me. I told them several years ago in Indianapolis total strangers went 'way out of their way to bail me out when I had an appendicitis attack while travelling, and that I'd appreciate it if they would just return the favor to someone else down the line.

This world would be a better place if we all looked out for each other a little more instead of being absorbed in our own affairs.

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jm.

12-06-2013 09:28:54
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to old61, 12-06-2013 09:09:24  
Well if you want to do it again I am 60 mi south of you and have a New Idea that I will sell for $250.00 Has set out and will probably need one rear tire.



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jCarroll

12-06-2013 09:24:45
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to old61, 12-06-2013 09:09:24  
Well, somebodies gonna say it - might as well be me...........

You could have gotten a $1000 out of that spreader.



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Traditional Farmer

12-06-2013 10:32:08
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to jCarroll, 12-06-2013 09:24:45  
If it was a Cub spreader more than $1000



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bill mart

12-06-2013 09:45:37
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to jCarroll, 12-06-2013 09:24:45  
$600 cash in the hand , better than a maybe $1000. Bill



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pete black

12-06-2013 09:23:02
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to old61, 12-06-2013 09:09:24  
lunch was not free! it was at the cost of kindness and respect of the old Gentlemen at the tractor shop.



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DaninKansas

12-06-2013 11:36:06
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to pete black, 12-06-2013 09:23:02  
I thought he got paid.



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tomturkey

12-06-2013 12:23:06
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 Re: Funny How Things Turn Out! in reply to DaninKansas, 12-06-2013 11:36:06  
I'm with you Dan, the gentleman got paid the amount he felt the job was woth to HIM. You see if he does not pay any income tax he can take a 35% cut. It may just be that if he was'nt fixing eqpt. he would be doing nothing and making 0$. Been a few beating up on a few for "taking advantage" of some repairman down that way. jmho gobble



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