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What does every college student that moved across the country need? That's right, a tractor! 

I actually got this because I inherited it. A very close family friend - my brother and I called him Grandpa Jim - passed away and I was left this tractor. I have wanted this tractor from the time I knew what a tractor was, so it is very sentimental.

 

I believe this tractor is a 65. Its 41.39 drawbar horsepower with 6 forward gears and 2 reverse gears. So far, I've refreshed the ignition system with new points and condenser, a new distributor cap, a new distributor rotor, new plug wires, and new spark plugs. I also replaced all of the loader hydraulic lines as they were all leaking. I am waiting to do an oil change as the oil looks very fresh and I have to wait until it is nearly out of gas to remove the fuel tank in order to replace the valve cover gasket. I will replace the sediment bowl and oil pan gasket at the same time along with a carb rebuild.

 

When I got it:

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After pressure washing it for the first time:

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12 hours ago, White_Comanche said:

That looks like its fun to drive, and also use. Pretty cool piece of antique machinery.

Yes, it is a ton of fun. And it’s proven to be very handy. We live on 6 acres and this is anyone in my family’s first time owning a tractor. 

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8 hours ago, Pete M said:

comes with a name too. :D  planning on a resto?

I’m not sure. Probably more like making it mechanically sound but keeping it visibly how I always remember riding on it. 

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I also found a picture that my family took when I first got the tractor and was driving it home. 
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Of course, I needed the SMV triangle and I got a license plate off of a semi trailer belonging to the person I inherited the tractor from. 
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I taught a friend from college how to drive it. 
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Me putting it to work moving cars at the estate sale for the person I inherited the tractor from. 
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I know that it is hard to tell in these photos (no it’s not), but my PTO clutch pressure plate had a minor issue. 
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$450 later, I have a new PTO clutch assembly ready to install when I get home. 
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I don’t think I’ve mentioned my attachment collection for this either. 
I have a King Kutter finish mower. I can’t remember if it’s a 60” or a 72”. 
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I also have a boom that attaches at the 3 point hitch for lifting things. 
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Not pictured, but I have a 3 point mounted blade as well. Anybody that has land but no tractor is really missing out! There is so much these can be used for

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19 minutes ago, Pete M said:

the guy I bought my stove pipe from had a new tractor about that big and only 2 acres.  I like my little garden tractor, but I was deeply envious. :D 

The capabilities of a garden tractor are certainly impressive. My Bolens did very well for 5 years, and there are certain things it does better than the Oliver

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Had a tree go down in the yard. The Oliver was ready to get it taken care of. It sat since January with the battery connected and fired on the first try. 

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I was asked to have my tractor on display at the county fair. It’s not even close to ready and the fair starts next Wednesday. Tonight we worked on repairing the grille. 
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10 hours ago, fiatslug87 said:

Better haul some a$$!:))

Tell me about it! Got a few things I want to get done on the tractor before the fair, then my family goes on vacation for a little over a week, then I need to get the engine swapped in my Eagle, all before heading back to school mid-late August. 

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