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D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated

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Mickey Darlymple

11-04-2010 13:28:37




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I am in the process of evaluating whether to purchase a specific 1961 D17 gas tractor of not.

The issue at hand involves the fact that the tractor still jumps out of Hi/Lo after a recent clutch replacement and the same shop who performed those repairs and has the tractor for sale wants additional money to repair what may actually have been a poorly performed clutch installation. However, if the recently installed clutch tension is NOT the culprit, what else could possibly be the culprit? And, what would the cost be to repair?

The tractor is located in Northeastern Missouri. Is there by chance anyone in the area the Allis Chalmer experience to conduct a potential pre-buy or, who can cost-effectively repair the tractor?

I need a tractor that can hit the field and operate without transmission or engine related issues.

Would you purchase the tractor?

What is your opinion?

Thank you for taking the time to read my questions and I look forward to reading your feedback and comments.

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Brian Jasper co. Ia

11-06-2010 08:21:32




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 Re: D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated in reply to Mickey Darlymple, 11-04-2010 13:28:37  
I agree with keep looking. It's worth the $3k if the power director was working correctly.



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paulinkansas

11-05-2010 12:10:44




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 Re: D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated in reply to Mickey Darlymple, 11-04-2010 13:28:37  
Mickey, I would walk away from that tractor and look elsewhere. It sounds like there could be too many unseen and unknown problems with it.



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WEL

11-05-2010 04:50:48




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 Re: D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated in reply to Mickey Darlymple, 11-04-2010 13:28:37  
Unless I missed the point, the problem is in the power director assembly not necessarily the transmission. Some adjustments to the PD can be made without splitting the tractor but if external adjustments don't work you will need to split it.



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wc mike

11-05-2010 04:39:06




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 Re: D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated in reply to Mickey Darlymple, 11-04-2010 13:28:37  
take your 3k and look for a different one seen one the other day gone thru with paint 3800.00



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pfinn

11-04-2010 17:24:50




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 Re: D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated in reply to Mickey Darlymple, 11-04-2010 13:28:37  
The problem for that is not in the clutch it is in the transmission gears. It is not a costly fix parts wise, less than two hundred. But the tractor needs to be split and then the tranny split.



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Mickey Dalrymple

11-04-2010 19:07:56




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 Re: D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated in reply to pfinn, 11-04-2010 17:24:50  
Thank you! Your feedback is right in line with my concern and that involves splitting the case which could in and of itself then present further issues or cost. Being and airplane mechanic with limited resources I am rather cautious and cannot afford a costly mistake.



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bg/mo

11-04-2010 13:49:19




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 Re: D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated in reply to Mickey Darlymple, 11-04-2010 13:28:37  
well it depends on what th purchase price is, most 17"s i have seen bring over $2000 at auction pretty quick.



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Mickey Dalrymple

11-04-2010 19:05:40




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 Re: D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated in reply to bg/mo, 11-04-2010 13:49:19  
They are asking $4K but will take $3K. However when I mentioned that the Hi/Lo kickout issue would have to be resolved they mentioned that for a $3K asking they would have to ask more for the tractor if I wanted the Hi/Lo fixed and the price quoted was around $500.00. However, I am an airplane mechanic and we both know how estimates or quotes can go initially until we run into the unexpected. Thus my reason for caution.

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bg/mo

11-07-2010 16:55:22




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 Re: D17 Purchase Advice Sought Appreciated in reply to Mickey Dalrymple, 11-04-2010 19:05:40  
for that much money you can find one that is in good shape and dont need to be fixed



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