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I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob!

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Rick in NC

04-13-2000 10:59:41




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I have only been involved with old tractors for a little over a year. The people that I have met are some of the finest, kindest, and most helpful people that I have had the privilege to know. But, in every orchard of good apples, there has to be one that is rotten, and I have found him.

Last Saturday, I was happily grading my driveway with my 1950 A-C Model B that I have enjoyed for about a year. As I approached the end of my drive, I noticed a rather portly, bearded gentleman, (later to be referred to as the fat-a**ed, fuzz-faced SOB), in a new, black Lincoln Towncar, watching me intently. I thought that, perhaps, it may be a real estate person or new neighbor from down the road since, on the back roads of NC, we don't get a lot of unintentional visitors.

Well, my visitor was Bud N..... (I thought only we red-necks named our young'uns "Bud."), from New Hampshire. He was closely eyeing my tractor and proclaimed that he was an "expert" on A-C restorations, and had been to some tractor auctions in Florida. How I was so unlucky to have crossed his path is beyond me.

He proceeded to tell me that my home-made restoration of the A-C was totally inaccurate. From the front of the tractor beginning with the Tractor Supply orange-colored paint, through the home-made 12-volt conversion, through the Monroe seat, to the rear of the tractor ending with the 3-point hitch conversion kit; from the top of the tractor beginning with the Tractor Supply muffler, through the painted, J-B Weld repaired steering wheel, through the flexible rubber fuel line, to the bottom of the tractor ending with the Ford Gray painted rear rims, it was totally wrong. The only thing that apparently is correct about my tractor is the front engine oil seal, and it leaks.

In the kindly, hospitable manner taught to me by my mother, I proceeded to tell Mr. N..... that the tractor was for my enjoyment and not for his edification. I admitted that we Southerners are not very smart, but that we are smart enough to put North-bound lanes on our highways, and if he did not want to have his shiny new Lincoln defaced and corrupted by my piece-of-s**t tractor, he should take advantage of one of them.

So, if any of you happen to be unfortunate enough to meet of know Mr. N....., please give him my regards. To further insult the breed of A-C tractors, tell him that I am thinking of having the lug-nuts and fuel tank on the tractor chromed and putting a gun-rack behind the seat.

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B OWNER

06-08-2001 12:52:49




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 Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Rick in NC, 04-13-2000 10:59:41  
WHAT!!!!!WHERES YOUR BUMPER STICKERS AND THE DEER WARNER OFFER??????IM SUPRISED AT YOU, NO KC HI LITES YET!!!!!LMAO HAVE FUN



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Mark

12-24-2000 19:53:55




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 Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Rick in NC, 04-13-2000 10:59:41  
Fully restored tractors are really cool to look at in museums. Or take to shows, if that's your thing. My 1957 Power King (yeah, a toy compared to most of the Big Boys you guys have)has a homemade end loader(in progress) homemade foot brakes, and is Chevy Engine Orange because I LIKE it.
Oh, yeah, and it has electric start, but I use the old rope because I CAN. (neighbors constantly ask me what happened to the recoil starter-LOL!)

Great site full of great people. Thanks for letting me inject my $.02.

Mark

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gene

05-27-2000 16:01:05




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 Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Rick in NC, 04-13-2000 10:59:41  
First off Rick. us southerners are not dummies. I would have used a couple old adage's that I used in the 24 years in the military for Jr. officers that had their noses so high in the air that a c5a would have to fly around and they are (1) kindly notice the misseltoe attached to my shirt tail and (2) It is better to wander aimlessly down the pathway of life and let people think you are stupid than open your mouth and remove all doubt. Had many of JO's setting there trying to figuer out just what I had just said and implied.

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D13

04-15-2000 18:28:59




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 Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Rick in NC, 04-13-2000 10:59:41  
Send him over here! I've got a 1939 B with electric start,hydraulics, and foot brakes (none of which should be on this tractor). Of course, it could be a 1947 with the wrong trans. It's got a CE engine w/a shaved porrted and polished head, Camero front wheels, wheel studs and lug nuts (not bolts). Right now it's torn apart in the garage getting BRIGHT Persian orange paint and polished stainless fasteners (braided hose covers too!) I intend to detail it by painting all casting numbers and trim (like the air cleaner and crank pulley) gloss epoxy black. of course, my other one is metal flake red, uses a power steering pump and Farmall contol valves to run its front blade. Neither of the 12 volt systems is factory, but hey, let's not quibble. RUn what ya like! I appreciate resto, but I use my beast!

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D.W. Sapp

04-14-2000 09:11:02




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 Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Rick in NC, 04-13-2000 10:59:41  
Should have told him to SAD



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Brian G.

04-14-2000 05:37:40




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 Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Rick in NC, 04-13-2000 10:59:41  
I wonder what he would think of the '52 Desoto steering wheel, 12 volt key start ignition, glasspack muffler, flashing "road lites", above the hood mounted headlites, swivel seat and homemade front-end loader on my '52 WD?? You can bet that if he really does own any "correctly" restored tractors, he didn't get HIS hands dirty doing them!! Hey, look at it this way, he gave us some "fodder" for discussion. Brian G.

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Bill in Mich

04-13-2000 22:02:13




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 Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Rick in NC, 04-13-2000 10:59:41  
Are you sure you got the name right? Was it Bud N or Butt Head? Now im really worried, cause I just bought a bunch of paint from TSC to paint my AC190XT!! Dont let these clods bother you. When Im not farming or messing with tractors, I restore WWII military vehicles. We have one clod up here who is the first one to tear apart a 2 year 100 point restoration, but has he ever restored one his self?? NOOOOO, but he reads a lot of books and can tell you all about it! Sound like the guy messing with you is lucky that the gun rack was not allready on the tractor!!! Hey, tractors today, tractors to stay! Thats my motto!!! Bill in Mich

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RMD

04-14-2000 05:45:19




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 Re: Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Bill in Mich, 04-13-2000 22:02:13  
Your 190XT should be Persian Orange No. 2, which is a darker and redder shade than would go on a B/C. There was also a "Corporate Orange" on later models which was darker and redder yet. I'm not familar with TSC's paint, but most machinery enamels sold as AC orange are either PO No. 2 or Corporate Orange or somewhere in between.



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Bud

04-13-2000 16:23:48




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 Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Rick in NC, 04-13-2000 10:59:41  
Rick
Shame on you. You were way to kind to this jerk



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Don't forget sidepipes and mag turf tires.

04-13-2000 11:36:48




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 Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Rick in NC, 04-13-2000 10:59:41  



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Another Northerner and Improper ACB restoration owner

04-13-2000 11:39:28




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 Re: Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Don't forget sidepipes and mag turf tires., 04-13-2000 11:36:48  
My feeling is:

If it Makes you happy and works when you want it to, it's a great tractor.



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CP's/AC's

04-13-2000 18:41:17




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 Re: Re: Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to Another Northerner and Improper ACB restoration owner, 04-13-2000 11:39:28  
Hey Rick, I am in vermont, and i'll keep an eye out for this jerk, maybe i can insult him for you, and for the rest of us too. I like old AC's, Cat's, N.C. , Fla., and a whole lot of other things, but i don't like arrogant a&&holes any more than you do. Keep up the good work, and if i'm ever by your drive when passing through N.C. i'd be honored to feast my eyeballs on your pride and joy. CP



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Hilltopper

04-14-2000 06:26:24




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: I Have Finally Met A Tractor Snob! in reply to CP's/AC's, 04-13-2000 18:41:17  
They get un-snobby when you pull them out of a ditch or plow eight inches of snow off their driveway.



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