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Must need a new sales pitch

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Greg Ballantyne

06-05-2002 18:54:05




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I saw a 1954 CA with wide front advertised as a good runner with good sheet metal for $1000. Around here that is a good price. Not a give away, but a pretty good price, not having looked at it. I spoke to the wife about it, and as you might imagine I heard all about all the other uses we might have for $1000 or more. I guess I must need a new sales pitch. Any ideas?




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Greg Ballantyne

06-07-2002 19:10:54




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
Well, after all that I went to look at it today with permission to buy. Motor smoked like anything starting up, and the reason for the wide front was the tractor is half B and half CA. Somebody had painted it yellow, and the tires are rotting off. On the good side, the electric start worked fine, hydraulics worked fine, and lights & charging system worked. But I can't buy a half n half, so I passed.

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GlennD

06-07-2002 21:23:07




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 Re: Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-07-2002 19:10:54  
Tell her you want another hobby and you're torn between restoring an old tractor or joining the slapahoe tribe! Let her choose.



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Bob

06-06-2002 20:15:20




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
Just be honest, tell her after you paint it,it is worth $1600.00. Sounds like a good investment to me.



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TractorMike

06-06-2002 19:08:29




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
What is the matter with that guy??? TractorMike



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TractorMike

06-06-2002 19:10:01




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 Re: Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to TractorMike, 06-06-2002 19:08:29  
Sorry, I ment for that to go to ScottTN. TractorMike



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FM...Just do what my uncle does..

06-06-2002 18:46:12




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
And don't tell her about it until you have the trailer hooked up, the case of beer in the back, and a couple buddies... Not really. Just do what he actually does, and convince her it is worth $5000 when it is actually worth $1000.



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Greg Ballantyne

06-06-2002 17:57:39




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
You boys are great. All the new sales pitches are right close to doing the job! I damn near got it, go to look Sat.



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mikey

06-06-2002 09:19:19




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
tell her the tractor is only 1000.00, but a divorce will run at least 5000.00



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Don C

06-06-2002 06:03:12




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
Sit down and talk it over with your wife....you need to go throught life as a team...decide what you need to spend the money on "togeather"....this sounds like a good buy to me.....good buys never come when you are ready.....may be the other things can be put on hold for a while.....maybe this is the right tractor for you....put it inside (keep it running)and move on to one of her projects....the tractor won't be eating anything....get back to it later...thats the way we do things at our house (48 years)......

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Diesel Don

06-07-2002 06:46:54




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 Re: Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Don C, 06-06-2002 06:03:12  
I did that and ended up buying not 1 but 2 diamond rings!Buy the tractor and put up with the consequences!Tell ya what the worst part was-brought my B home and now she calls it her tractor because it's "cute"!Talk about an insult to tractors everywhere!



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James (MO)

06-06-2002 05:04:34




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
Tell her how "great" she will look sitting on it after you finish restoring it! She can drive it in the parades and all the fellas will be looking at her!



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markp

06-06-2002 02:45:44




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
sometimes it is easier to ask for forgiveness for doing something than to get permission in the first place



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Scott (TN)

06-05-2002 19:34:39




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 Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Greg Ballantyne, 06-05-2002 18:54:05  
Seein' as how you was denied access, hows about lettin some one else know where this CA is at?

I looked at one the other day, narrow front, tires about 30%, no brakes, hand clutch don't work, gear shift comes off in your hands if not carefull shifting and even if you are slips out of the socket. Sheet metal ok-paint shot. Did have a 3pt hitch. Guy was firm at $1900. It is still there in case anyone is interested.

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Greg Ballanytne

06-09-2002 08:40:43




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 Re: Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Scott (TN), 06-05-2002 19:34:39  
This one is a 1954 CA, it is just west of Biglerville, Pa. That is about 10 miles from Gettysburg. I went to look, it is running but in rought shape, some body parts missing, tires about to rot away, rear rims quite rough, (calcium had been in them for years, recently removed, edges beat & bent from inexpert use of irons) smokes oil heavy on starting and continues to smoke some after the heavy part passes, so I'm thinking it needs valve work and rings. Someone painted this tractor yellow, and an ugly job of that. I did not drive it, so I don't know how the brakes are. On the good side, the previous owner had jstarted to do a litlle work on it, the lights and charging work, the electric start works, and the hydraulics appear to be in working order. Rams operated without load,some hoses were new. I originally thought that it was B front half on a CA rear half, I had only seen the CA wide front with adjustable front axle. This tractor's front half looks exactly like my '49 B except the shape of the air intake can, but after a little research thru books & the web I believe it's more likely that its all CA. After showing all the wonderful replies to my original post to my wife she caved in with a smile, but I passed on the CA for $1000, since putting it right for what I could see would cost about $1000 to $1200 (tires, rims, motor work) I'd have $2000 or more in it and it would still be that ugly yellow. The man told me he would deal on the price, but after thinking it over I decided I have too many things going right now to get into a project tractor, but this one could turn out nice for someone ready for the project. Any interested e-mail me I'll send the man's name & number.

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Tom

06-06-2002 17:50:23




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 Re: Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Scott (TN), 06-05-2002 19:34:39  
You just made this up so Greg can show it to his wife and say "Look at what a good deal this is I have found, we have to take advantage of it honey". Right??



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Scott (TN)

06-08-2002 18:25:02




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 Re: Re: Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Tom, 06-06-2002 17:50:23  
Nope, and the machine still sits there as I drove past it today.



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Don C

06-06-2002 06:06:18




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 Re: Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Scott (TN), 06-05-2002 19:34:39  
Sounds like a $700 tractor to me....keep looking, you will be glad you did......



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JMS/MN

06-05-2002 22:08:26




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 Re: Re: Must need a new sales pitch in reply to Scott (TN), 06-05-2002 19:34:39  
And it should stay right where you left it. Too many problems for that price!



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