If you're looking for a tractor to restore or an antique to add to your collection, you might be basing your evaluation of a possible purchase on its condition and how much it will cost. Working with rare machines has a lot of rules regarding the basics of mechanical and cosmetic condition. If you buy a skeleton during your search for a rare tractor, it will take several more purchases to build it into a functioning machine. Most of the time, restorers will buy without a preview just to ensure that the machine isn't sold out from under them before they get there.
Occasionally, there are a few factors that reach past the mere collectability of the machine that motivate people to do entire restorations on common ones. If you're not restoring it as a rare project, you can have good mechanics and cosmetics at a good price.
Often times the rare machine's cosmetics can be important because what's left of its components will serve as prototypes for further fabrication. In addition, cosmetic aspects may be what makes the machine rare in the first place.
For example, there aren't usually any remnants of orchard model add-ons. Typically, it is just a designated model that is distinguished from its common utility version. Finding the model is rather easy, but the components are what make the project worth collecting. If the seller tries to price the model as a rarity, pass on the offer.
Determining whether or not the tractor is worth the restoration process can be difficult. Essentially, you need to figure out if the tractor is rare or simply special because the cost of a decent restoration will often exceed its worth unless you own a very rare tractor.
Our online database is here to help connect you to sellers who have the parts you need to complete your project quickly, efficiently and at a good price.
Restoring an old tractor? Make sure it's worth the cost to you before starting.