Thanks for the reply... Point well taken. I think that wear/tear makes for character. Well, so might lead paint I suppose... :)
I found a photoraph of my father on the tractor, and he appeared to be maybe 5-8 years old (and he was born in 1950) so I definitely think it's an old one. Gonna take a flashlight to it tomorrow and search for some kind of model number or something. I was baffled that I couldn't find it thus far. And unless the photo was of my dad on a similar tractor as a boy, I'd have to assume mid 1950s or earlier was when this was from.
I talked to my uncle and he said it was in one of the barns for ages, probably not even touched since the 60s (they cleaned it out a few years ago and he gave it to me), so I suspect everything is original. It's a really nice piece.
Some guy who came over to pick something up from me that I was selling saw it in my garage and offered me $20 for it. I told him it wasn't for sale, and saw how he was looking at it when he spotted it...
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