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Saved this one from the crusher last night (FREEBIE!!!!)
Has been setting in a fence row for about 10 years or so, has parts missing and the exhaust hasnt been covered up
Rolls good steers good one tire missing on front other off wheel same as the back
Just wanted to see what yall think Fix or Part?
I havent made up my mind yet

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I seen that sheild and I had never seen one befoer on those tractors.
It is a 45 model
I havent tried the engine can only imagine the things I will have to evict from it lol!!
 

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My two cents is that even though it might have problems, its an H and isn't that hard to find parts for. Engine kits don't really cost that much compared to other models, plus you can't get cheaper than free. To me, It's better to get something that needs work for free than to pay for something that needs work as well. That's the way I see it. My uncle gave me my A, which is shot and I'm going to dump thousands of dollars into it, but it was free, so I guess it all equals out in the end.
 

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Reese that was kinda what I was thinking but all my buddies around here said it wasnt worth fixing
 

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BerlinBinder said:
Reese that was kinda what I was thinking but all my buddies around here said it wasnt worth fixing
Sounds like a challenge to me. ;)
 

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I have rebuilt trucks that were worse than this LOL........ dont get me wrong money is an issue but if I take my time and do a little at a time its not so bad....... I restored my 450 in 2 months and at a price tag of just over $6,000 + $2,000 for the price of the tractor
I just hate to see them setting around like this or going to the crusher
 

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Either way you decide, you saved it from the crusher.
 

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Given my fondness for the model H my first thought is to restore it! But first see if the engine has seized. Maybe try to break it loose if it has with a 50/50 mix of kerosine and atf, or similar concoction. Use a strap wrench on the crank pulley to try to turn it over. Pull the valve cover and see which cylinders have had valves held open to help you to know where to soak, and to check the condition of the valve train. If the motor is free and the block holds water then I'd say it's worth bringing back to life. If the block is cracked, or the rear end housing is damaged then it is probably a parts tractor.
 

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While you think about it, go pick up some acetone and your oil or choice or whip up some other remedy and put in the cylinders. Better put it in now if you want to keep it so that you don't have to wait later. I'm waiting on my pap's 41 distillate to soak. I gave it two weeks and its been sitting under a tarp for 15, so I'm hoping i can get it unstuck this weekend and get started on that.
 

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part it i would say, looks like it would need too much work if you tried to get her going again
 

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I would also check the tranny oil too, my best advice is just to do some investigating and see what looks like it's wore out and what might need replaced. Who knows, it looks rusty but most of the wear points could be fairly tight. I have seen some that look terrible but were very tight tractors.
 

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I think Im gonna leave it on the trailer till the weekend and look it over before I unload
 

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just to play the devil's advocate - I am sure that there are enough folks around that could use parts that even if this one does not run again it may be able to keep a few others from the wicked crusher
 

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If I dont restore it will be parted because the gas tank is clean and has all the disulate equipment still on it and the sheet metal is straight.
One question tho....... it will shift through the gears but the shifter is real loose kinda like the old chevy trucks when the roll pin and the little ball wear out..... Would this be an issue?
 

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Anytime I think a tractor is too far gone to restore I look at this thread.
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=172
Being a distillate burner, and free is a good reason to give it a new life.
If you're up for the challenge.;)
 

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BigDaveinKY said:
Anytime I think a tractor is too far gone to restore I look at this thread.
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=172
Being a distillate burner, and free is a good reason to give it a new life.
If you're up for the challenge.;)
Now that my friend is motavation love it........... Im always up for a good challange LOL(Kinda why I got married LOL)
 
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