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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:40 pm    Post subject: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I SAVED an mta from the melting pot the idiot melted 1 before i got to it, paid 1200 it needs all rims and tires,engine runs but needs re built, ta slips, tranny is good took the top off all gears are in great shape, hood ,and tank ok front grill gone ,radiator junk , wiring bad ,I hate to see an mta parted but is thisone worth fixing ,i found 2back rims for 100. dollars ,have bought 300. dollars worth of seals ,brakes ,stering wheel ,should i go on or part it tom
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:12 pm    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would have left it at the junk yard. IMO
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would keep going. I really don't look at it as a money making project. You could sell the bell housing to the other guy who has a SMTA with a cracked bell housing.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:30 pm    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you don't want to finish it, don't part it either. It'll sell whole for at least what you've got in it, probably more. It's an MTA, worth a little more than your average derelict.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Forward into the past. I would do it in a heart beat. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:34 pm    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you need to make money or break even on it, then part it out or sell it as-is. If you do fix it have fun, most other hobbies are expensive too.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

your line "most hobbies are expensive too" makes me think of a joke, if you were an alcoholic for a hobbie it too would be expensive and you would have nothing to show for it except maybe a headache, at least now you still thave a tractor worth more (maybe not as much as you spent on it) but more than the day you brought it home.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:44 pm    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Where is it? I'd be interested in owning it.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Where is it? I'd be interested in owning it.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I heard a saying when I was a kid. "If you have to ask what it costs, you can't afford it". To this day I have no idea what that means...not a clue. I have a habit of buying really ugly tractors on the cheap and getting them running and working around the place. Only thing I can tell you is that it makes me feel REALLY good every time I get one to fire up and drive away. Like I saved something.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:13 am    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Only you can decide if you would rather have the money or the tractor fixed up.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:00 am    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Your initial investment is already at a high price. (You paid WAY more for it than what it weighs.)

If you DO decide to re do it.you will be "upside down" on what it is worth,but if you REALLY want it,do it.If you are doing it just for you and self satisfaction,I get that! ;)

I have not seen a picture of the "parts collection" that you bought,but parting out what you have would bring good money. (M TA hoods,grills,drive train related items bring decent cash!)
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought a poorly running Farmall H last april for 900 dollars. It needed tires all around, a valve job along with every seal in it. It now runs like new along with pulling like new. I now have 2700 dollars in it. Is it worth that much? Not to most on this forum or at an auction, but to me it is worth every dollar and skinned knuckle I have in it.
Some like to go to the gambling casinos and spend their money, others go to the lake and run their boats or whatever. Some go to the bars and drink their dollars away, others smoke their dollars away.
If you will get pleasure from rebuilding your MTA it doesn't matter whether you ever get your money back or not unless you are trying to make a profit from it. My 2 cents, Joe
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:29 am    Post subject: Re: mta advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

jbp wrote:
(quoted from post at 03:59:04 12/23/12) I bought a poorly running Farmall H last april for 900 dollars. It needed tires all around, a valve job along with every seal in it. It now runs like new along with pulling like new. I now have 2700 dollars in it. Is it worth that much? Not to most on this forum or at an auction, but to me it is worth every dollar and skinned knuckle I have in it.
Some like to go to the gambling casinos and spend their money, others go to the lake and run their boats or whatever. Some go to the bars and drink their dollars away, others smoke their dollars away.
If you will get pleasure from rebuilding your MTA it doesn't matter whether you ever get your money back or not unless you are trying to make a profit from it. My 2 cents, Joe


Does $2,700 sound like too much for a Farmall H? Maybe, but that $2,700 bought you a tractor that is dependable and fun to own and you probably will not to spend another dime on it for many, many years.

Here's Another way to look at it. Go down to your local farm machinery dealer, tell him you are needing a tractor, and you have $2,700 to spend. Pretty much guaranteed you will not end up with anything as nice or dependable as what you already have.
 
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