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1954 WD45 Should I paint it?

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Stephen Corban

04-01-2005 19:59:17

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I am currently working on a WD 45, and my intent is to fix it up (has some mechanical problems) and sell it (make a dollar or two, and have the money for college). Going to pull the engine, replace all of the seals (front main is TOTALLY shot), and check everything out, replace things if needed. The question I have, if I am planning to sell it, is it worth it to put the big hours into it to clean it up and paint it? I have read no, however I have a buddy or two that are helping that say yes. What's your opinion?

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George G

04-02-2005 07:55:02

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 Re: 1954 WD45 Should I paint it? in reply to Stephen Corban, 04-01-2005 19:59:17  
The answer would have to be yes/no. It depends on how fast you want to sell it. You can't trick a farmer with paint(Farmer's can't see paint). If it's a good tractor, a farmer will give top dollar for it. Now, I can't tell you everything that a farmer look's at(If I did, they would have to kill me). But, one of the thing's would be the drawbar. Their are at least three thing's, just in the drawbar area, that they look at. (Most farmers can tell weather on not the drawbar has been replaced) And you can't hide those with paint. That's as far as I can go with that.
Now, if you want to sell the tractor to someone that just wants a tractor. Then, I say, paint it. You will hold onto it a little longer, But, you will get a little more for it. I hope I answered your question.

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Stephen Corban

04-02-2005 12:44:40

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 Re: 1954 WD45 Should I paint it? in reply to George G, 04-02-2005 07:55:02  
That's what I was thinking. All of us know these machines, and have grown up in/around farms. I think we may spend some time cleaning up the oil on the machine from the previous leaks once we get them taken care of, as the tractor isn't in horrible condition.

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