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1948 M Value?

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Michael

06-06-2002 09:46:07




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What's an old M worth? I'm looking at a 1948 that runs well for $1000. The paint is old and faded and the tires are about 30% all around.

There is no 3pt or FH.

Is this a good buy?




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Don C

06-07-2002 06:53:05




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 Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to Michael, 06-06-2002 09:46:07  
You say it runs well --- if it starts easy --- don't smoke -drive it in all gears,are they quiet ? --is the sheet metal good ( not all dented up? -- If you can answer yes ,that every thing seams OK ---You had better buy it the tractor is well worth $1000 ---- I would not let this one get away,it won't last long at that price !



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Don C

06-07-2002 06:51:59




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 Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to Michael, 06-06-2002 09:46:07  
You say it runs well --- if it starts easy --- don't smoke -drive it in all gears,are they quiet ? --is the sheet metal good ( not all dented up? -- If you can answer yes ,that every thing seams OK ---You had better buy it the tractor is well worth $1000 ---- I would not let this one get away,it won't last long at that price !



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Gene

06-06-2002 12:12:31




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 Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to Michael, 06-06-2002 09:46:07  
Michael: The real important question is: Is there any $$EXPENSIVE$$$$$ part or parts on it that need repair real soon?? Start with engine, then tranny, etc. Those expensive parts can make or break any deal real quick. It does not take too many parts to have spent another $$1000 for repairs. If your fairly sure it is OK, buy it and enjoy. G.



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poorerbut

06-06-2002 11:42:17




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 Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to Michael, 06-06-2002 09:46:07  
Michael: I've looked at three here in w mid Ohio
in the past eight months (Notice I said looked).
Range from '46 to '49 models. Pretty much the same
as you described. The '47 had a Farmhand loader-
asking $1500, $1200 for the '49 and $1350 for the
'46. I might have considered $1500 for the '47
if it would have been a McCormick loader, but not
with the junky Farmhand one. Use your best
judgement, depending on how badly you want it.pb

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jal-SD

06-06-2002 11:06:43




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 Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to Michael, 06-06-2002 09:46:07  
An M about the same vintage/condition sold about a month ago in SE-SD for $900. Though it was a buy for the guy that got it. Don't need another bigger tractor or he wouldn't have gotten it for that. (My $0.02 worth. jal-SD)



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The Red

06-06-2002 10:51:18




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 Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to Michael, 06-06-2002 09:46:07  
Does it have the flat pulley assembly?
Does it have PTO?
Does it have lights and do they work?
Is the charging system working?

If yes to all these, then $1,000 would be in the ballpark for central Indiana.



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Michael

06-06-2002 11:24:05




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 Re: Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to The Red, 06-06-2002 10:51:18  
I forgot to add, no fenders, belly hydraulics, and narrow front

From what folks have said so far, sounds like $1000 would be an okay, but not great deal.



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The Red

06-06-2002 13:22:33




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 Re: Re: Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to Michael, 06-06-2002 11:24:05  
I think you will be fine at that price. I bought a 1941 M last Fall for $875 delivered. I already have changed out all the fluids, mounted lights and put in all new wiring and ignition parts. Old Smokey M is uglier than heck but runs pretty darn good!



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Michael

06-06-2002 10:58:21




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 Re: Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to The Red, 06-06-2002 10:51:18  
It has PTO, and lights on the tree, charging system works. No belt pulley though.

I take it that M's aren't worth all that much?



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Frank

06-06-2002 11:10:48




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 Re: Re: Re: 1948 M Value? in reply to Michael, 06-06-2002 10:58:21  
I have a 1941 Farmall "M" nf with belly pump hydraulics, pulley, and PTO. It has good rubber and runs good, no smoke. I would not take less than $3000.00 for it.

Yes, if you can find a good running "M" for $1000.00 that will be the best buy you can get if you want to use it like tractors were used in that time frame.

It would be nice to have power steering, live hydraulics, live pto, and 3 pt. but you can do a lot with the old tractors if you have the older implements to use with them.

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