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Allis C, a good fix up project?

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Chris in MO

01-25-2008 21:27:41

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There is a farm equipment dealer locally which has an AC C sitting on the lot. (Last time I checked.) They want $1500 for it, and I am pretty sure it runs, or did a year and a half ago when I first asked about it. Would it be worth it to offer $300-500 and then plan to clean it up and get it going again and sell it? I know this is very sketchy information, but I just wanted to see what you thought before I put much time into checking on it. When all is said and done, I would probably not sell it, but I might. If I kept it, I would mostly use it for moving trailers and wagons around. I haul a lot of stuff around and onto the place and am right now using a D17 for this chore. Would a C be more fuel efficient at this? Just a thought, appreciate your comments.


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Bob Bancroft

01-26-2008 17:08:29

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 Re: Allis C, a good fix up project? in reply to Chris in MO, 01-25-2008 21:27:41  
Thoughts on C....D17 I restored a hand crank B last year. With the steering,rims,tires,cyl. head,manifold,radiator,etc. I have more into it than it's worth. I paid $400 for it and kept track of my expenses,not my labor. And it still needs paint! They're all useful in their place. I use the B with a belly mower. I use a C for stationary PTO work(on a grain auger). If you're moving things around-the D17 has way more pulling,stability, and stopping capacity than the C. I consider the D17 a real tractor and the C a toy or garden tractor. AND believe me, you don't want to be climbing on and off the C. The D17 is much handier that way.

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01-26-2008 05:01:32

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 Re: Allis C, a good fix up project? in reply to Chris in MO, 01-25-2008 21:27:41  
Depends what you mean by "cleaning it up". If your just going to preasure wash it and put a for sale sign on it, maybe. If you start getting into paint, tires and some mechanicals or electricals, probably not. You never seem to get your money back.

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