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Did I do the right thing?

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Scott (TN)

05-28-2002 17:09:35




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I was looking at a WD on friday, has narrow front end and an after market 3 pt. that seemed in good condition. It started fine and appeared to run OK. Did snap and pop some but I could not tell if those sounds where coming from the manifold or the straight pipe on the exhaust. Sheet metal was covered in surface rust but seemed mostly there. Did not get to drive it much but there did not seem to be alot of noise out of the trans or differential. Tires were weather checked but had good tread. The asking price was $1500.00 which I thought was a little high seeing as there is a WD completly redone for sale on this board for $3500.00. I have never owned an Allis and really am looking forward to getting one. I walked away at the $1500.00 price, guess I am asking if that was the "smart" thing to do. I really am in no hurry as this would be a "project" for my son am I to work on.
Thanks in advance.

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Kurt

05-31-2002 03:58:31




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 Re: Did I do the right thing? in reply to Scott (TN), 05-28-2002 17:09:35  
I paid 350.00 for mine and it had new rims and tires, the tin work was very straight. the guy ran it out of oil and trashed the rods and piston but I had had about 1000.00 in completely overhauling it, I pull it now and the money spent I've already gotten back in the fun I had building it and pulling.



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James (MO)

05-30-2002 08:08:15




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 Re: Did I do the right thing? in reply to Scott (TN), 05-28-2002 17:09:35  
You did the right thing by walking away. I agree with the comments made by the others about price and location. See if you can find someone who is familiar with WD's to go with you to look at the next one. Buy them lunch - a very good investment. My $0.02



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Craig MO

05-29-2002 19:26:49




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 Re: Did I do the right thing? in reply to Scott (TN), 05-28-2002 17:09:35  
Tractors in that condition commonly go for $500 to $750 you did right by walking. Keep your eyes open you will find what you want at the price thats right.



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Noah

05-29-2002 11:53:36




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 Re: Did I do the right thing? in reply to Scott (TN), 05-28-2002 17:09:35  
I agree that these tractors go for different prices at different places. I got a 1952 WD with a dandy frontend loader that sounds like it was in the same condition as the one you looked at. I paid 1,500 for it in the state of Washington. I have no dought that this same tractor might have sold for less in the mid-west. I think the bottom line is how you felt you did. If you walked away because it didn't feel right than it was not right for you. You will know when the right one comes along. I walked away from several tractors before I got the WD. By the way, AC WD or WD45 is the way to go. Good work tractors that are not overpriced due to collector value.....my two cents.

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Noah

05-29-2002 11:53:01




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 Re: Did I do the right thing? in reply to Scott (TN), 05-28-2002 17:09:35  
I agree that these tractors go for different prices at different places. I got a 1952 WD with a dandy frontend loader that sounds like it was in the same condition as the one you looked at. I paid 1,500 for it in the state of Washington. I have no dought that this same tractor might have sold for less in the mid-west. I think the bottom line is how you felt you did. If you walked away because it didn't feel right than it was not right for you. You will know when the right one comes along. I walked away from several tractors before I got the WD. By the way, AC WD or WD45 is the way to go. Good work tractors that are not overpriced due to collector value.....my two cents.

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Glenn(WV)

05-29-2002 08:53:05




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 Re: Did I do the right thing? in reply to Scott (TN), 05-28-2002 17:09:35  
I believe you did the right thing by walking away. Too much $$ for what you were getting ...



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DAVE(WI)

05-28-2002 23:51:57




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 Re: Did I do the right thing? in reply to Scott (TN), 05-28-2002 17:09:35  
I think you did the right thing--$1500 seems to high. I paid $1100 for mine with a 3 bottom plow.



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Greg Ballantyne

05-28-2002 19:32:52




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 Re: Did I do the right thing? in reply to Scott (TN), 05-28-2002 17:09:35  
Seems those old tractors sell for different prices in different places, and sometimes they sell for different prices in the same places. You did the right thing if you felt like you did. A project tractor can be had for less than $1500 just about anywhere.



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Ted Seifert

05-28-2002 17:26:44




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 Re: Did I do the right thing? in reply to Scott (TN), 05-28-2002 17:09:35  
Where I come from that should be an $800 tractor at most.



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