When I this quote is from OILUJ52 "every tractor has a story", I thought that is a very profound statement.
It seems to me, that when you put a lot of labor and love into fixing, repairing and restoring and modifying these tractors,
they kind of become like a part of the family. Sort of like kids with their own personality.
Most of the time you love them, but some times a good swift kick is needed also.
That being said, here are my tractor stories (short version)
1983 C175 (Big Red) I bought this for $1500 when we moved into our current home in 1994. It came with mower, snow cab, blade, and snowblower.
I have used this to plow snow since then. I did some cleaning and painting before this winter. Still my favorite tractor. Never have used the snow cab.
1974 B80 (Little Red) I bought this in 2005 for $700. It came with mower, blade, and snowblower. It has a gray engine, which I assume is a replacement.
This was my backup plow tractor until recently.
1974 B80 (Little Red #2) I bought this in 2011 for my grandson, paid $100. It was a “restoration” in progress, and the kid selling it cut his price in half,
I think just to make it go away. Last year I finished the “restoration” and sent it home to my grandson with a snow blade and tire chains
1972 Raider 14 I bought this in 2013 for $125, non running. Need an air cleaner, and a little TLC. I have a rototiller on it, and it gets very little use.
I really like this tractor, especially the skinny rimmed steering wheel.
1988 414-8 I bought this in 2014 for $50, with a locked up motor. Other than that it is in real good shape. I was able to get the engine freed up, and started,
and it smokes really bad. I replaced the motor with a 16hp B&S from a parted out GT1600. It now has a mower deck on it, and has been used regularly.
1978 C141 I bought this in 2014 for $250, with the intention of putting the motor in the 414-8. Decided it was too good of a tractor to part out.
It currently has a snowblower on it, also I have a grader blade for it. Gets little use, but always starts and runs good.
1986 417A I bought this in 2016 for $100, non-running and a broken frame. Have fixed the frame, and got it running. It now has a blade and chains,
and is the backup snow plow /trailer hauler
1977 C120 (Rusty) I bought this in 2017 for $150. The engine ran, but the frame was broken in the middle, front end all worn out, just a beat up and rusty tractor.
I replaced the frame and seat pan and front end with parts from a parted out B60, which was equally rusty.
Thanks for listening, you guys here on this forum are awesome