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rrlund
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 10:22 am    Post subject: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I can't really say "find" because I've known about it all my life,but not many others did. It's been on a 40 acre farm over 4 miles west of me all my life. I thought the old guy bought it new,but his grandson said it was two years old when he bought it. I thought it was original paint too,but it's been repainted a long time ago apparently by the look of the ignition switch plate and shift pattern plate,but the paint's worn off the fender where somebody had their hand on it will working it.

The old widow died in 2011 at just a few days shy of 105 years old,so it's been sitting a while. Her husband passed away in the 80s. It's still 6v. The generator works,the rear 10 38 tires are original,it still has the rubber bumpers under the battery and the original battery hold down. I put a new battery in it and it fired right up. It just needs new rubber torsion springs for the seat. It's a 54 model with disc brakes,serial number 4501 542. Despite the wrong muffler,the hood isn't even cut. They've taken care to make a heavy curved bent pipe so it comes straight up through the original hole.

I plan to just buff it and try to bring back a shine and put new decals on it. It's just way too nice to paint. You can see from the hole in the drawbar how little use it's had.









 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 10:31 am    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sweet!
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks great.....glad you were able to finally get it.....is that a set of weights on the inside of the wheels too.....
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ya,inside and outside,and the tires are loaded. Or he says they're loaded anyway,I haven't checked them to make sure. It'd be fine with me if they weren't.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 2:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Some guys have all the luck. Nice tractor.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote



Good find. I have no shame so I'll ask, how much?
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 3:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

$2500. I had offered $3000 several years ago,but they weren't ready to let it go. It was still quite a process. They had sold the farm and the new owners finally said they weren't going to store it anymore and pulled it outside about three weeks ago. The grandson took it to his place,but he lives in town and didn't have anyplace to put it inside. We had some issues on the phone earlier in the week because it was too emotional for him. He called Thursday and said that since I'm a collector and live right in the neighborhood where it's always been,and he can't give it the attention it needs,he'd sell it to me. It was an emotional thing for him this morning when I loaded it up and paid him for it. I gave him full visitation rights.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sure is a honey. If it's not much trouble could you take a picture of the battery hold down and the rubber bumpers?
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'll get a better picture tomorrow,but you can just see the edge of the hold down in this picture I took of the original fuse block. The hold down still has square headed bolts and they aren't even froze up. They turned right out. I've got the side covers off right now,so I think I can get a picture of those bumpers through the side.




 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am glad it worked out are you going to use it or just put it in storage?
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Gonna show it. Our club's first show is coming up this next Saturday right here in town. Being a local tractor,this one has to be there. I wonder how many people will remember it or will have known it was still there in the barn? There were two farms on one side of the road and one right across the road that were all Oliver back in the day. I should have bought the 1600 that the one across the road bought new when they had his estate sale,but the steering was bad and there was a 10% buyers premium. That didn't sit well with me. I ran it up to the end,but let it go. To live that day over again! If I'd had any idea that I was going to start collecting neighborhood Olivers,I'd have more anxious to bid more.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 4:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nice tractor Randy! Glad you were able to bring it home.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 6:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nice looking 66. Congrats but I do feel sorry for the guy. At least it has a good home.
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 2:56 am    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Great 66 and a good price too.I'm surprised how many 66 tractors had mechanical lift rather than hydraulics the 66 I bought last Fall has mechanical lift.
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 5:04 am    Post subject: Re: Barn find 66 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nice lookin tractor!! It's hard to find them in that condition.
 
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