Over this past weekend I happened upon a couple of different festivals where there were restored antique tractors on display. I don’t think you can truly appreciate the nostalgia and beauty until you have seen one of these tractors up close and talked to the people that put their blood, sweat and tears into the painstaking restoring process. Often times these beautiful tractors end up in better condition than when they originally rolled off the production line. These truly are works of art!
If you’ve been toying around with the idea of purchasing and restoring an old tractor, here are just a few things you might want to consider.
Are you willing to invest the money needed to fully restore a tractor? Many agree that the mechanical restoration can be the most costly, whether you plan to rebuild engines or transmissions or buy new to replace the old.
Do you have the time to invest in restoring or rebuilding a tractor? Better yet, are you willing to commit the time it takes? If you are looking at hours, it can take anywhere between 100 to 300 hours to restore a tractor, depending on the shape it is in.
Do you have a dedicated space for rebuilding a tractor? Think about all of the parts that will be laid out, especially the small ones. You don’t want parts lying around to get kicked, dumped out of pans or picked up by little hands that may be trying to “help”. The best advice I have seen about keeping track of parts, label and/or number and take pictures of the parts as you are removing them. It will save you huge headaches and confusion down the road.
Original parts or reproduction? Honestly, reproduction parts are just as good for most of what needs to be replaced. Reproduction parts will also save you a lot of money in the long run. There may be instances where an original part is a better choice, but that may also depend on whether you can find that part or not. Tractor-Part.com is a great resource for finding all the parts you will need.
If you have photos of a tractor you have restored we would love to see them. If you need parts for your tractor restoration, you’ve come to the right place!