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Nice! you got enough parts to rebuild a good motor now?
i dont know yet. I'll work on getting these two running and see what i can do. hoping i can us the complete engine from the complete tractor. if not i can likely use parts from one or the other to rebuild mine.
 

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i dont know yet. I'll work on getting these two running and see what i can do. hoping i can us the complete engine from the complete tractor. if not i can likely use parts from one or the other to rebuild mine.
Any update on your tractor addiction? lol

How is work, you guys still working as normal? I would imagine its considered essential.......keep work trucks on the road

I wonder, is it worth it to run full synthetic in the mowers? I have ran the high mileage stuff before 10w-40, which is usually a semi-synth, but I usually just grab whatever at Walmart Quaker or what not...I change the oil in the one I use most every season, sometimes twice a season depending on how much I have to mow into October, etc..

I take decent care of my mowers, not hard on how I use them, but I am not motorcycle or daily driver car OCD with them.......I tend to use and abuse them
I mean these are just riding mowers, not massive investments...I will keep them going though. Purchase a parts mower on the cheap if i need a transaxle or have a leaking seal, replace it, etc. stuff
 

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Hey Yarddog, Ordered out some food last night for my anniversary and the restaurant had this beast sitting out front like they were going to use it to plow the 8'x12' yard they have, I thought you would enjoy seeing a non-US tractor:

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Hey Yarddog, Ordered out some food last night for my anniversary and the restaurant had this beast sitting out front like they were going to use it to plow the 8'x12' yard they have, I thought you would enjoy seeing a non-US tractor:

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Cant beat a bit of tractor porn when you've got time in your hands. And I see it's the 'High Clearance' model! Phwoarr.. :love:
 

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sweet, Kubota makes a good machine.
its coming along. i pulled the front axle assembly, supported the tractor with jack stands and also held some weight off the engine with a strap going to my rafters. remvoed the oil pan and checked the bottom end. main and rods bearings all ok and in spec. couldnt feel any issues with the wrist pins, can't see a liner moving while rotating the crankshaft. i did find the source of my low oil pressure with a cracked pickup tube. so at this point i am going to put it back together and run it. i was mainly worried about running it and then ending up with a massive repair if it spun a bearing or soemthing drastic. of course i found a few more things to replace while the front end is off. this old girl is almsot done, so then i can decide whether to buy a mowing deck or start on my 8N restoration next. i should go with a mowing deck first so i can actually use the tractor more than twice a year plowing my garden. lol
 

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My two 8N’s I bought a few weeks ago. Speaking of Kubota, my fathers has photobombed me. Next project is to combine the two into one, then restore and repair as needed. The 8N is the next model in the N series. Built between late 1947 through 1952 give or take a year. Can’t remember exactly the year span
Meanwhile, a shot of my 2N as it sits now.
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I never knew buying really old tractors to restore them was even a thing until I joined a ninja 400 forum lol
its a thing!!! mostly older guys, and they are getting older...
its cheaper than restoring old muscle cars, and cheaper than motorcycle performance work for sure

i enjoy the vintage tractors, nothing like running a machine that is that old. and they still perfrom well dispight their age and simplicity comparedx to modern machinery.
 

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its a thing!!! mostly older guys, and they are getting older...
and they still perfrom well dispight their age and simplicity.
Sorry Yarddog, I know, I know.. But I can't help it. It's this "stay at home thing" o_O
You'll eventually learn that an old guy has only one option other than getting older. And that's not too promising.
But that thing about 'still performing well dispight their age and simplicity' may be a stretch for some of us. ;)
 

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its a thing!!! mostly older guys, and they are getting older...
its cheaper than restoring old muscle cars, and cheaper than motorcycle performance work for sure

i enjoy the vintage tractors, nothing like running a machine that is that old. and they still perfrom well dispight their age and simplicity comparedx to modern machinery.
I have no doubt that it's cheaper, but it's also less practical/fun. Do most of the guys that restore tractors use them or are they mostly collectibles?
 

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I have no doubt that it's cheaper, but it's also less practical/fun. Do most of the guys that restore tractors use them or are they mostly collectibles?
fun would be an opinion. practicality too, i can use a $3000 tractor for years to do what i need, or i could spend 10 grand or more on a new one and end up with a higher cost of repair and maintenance vs an old model. we sold a 50 year old tractor and bought a new one. in many ways the new one is twice the machine as the old. and in so many ways, the old one was twice the machine vs the new one.
as for what people use them for, it varies widely. some are only for parades. some compete in pulling classes. some work them on small farms or use them on larger farms for small chores. most people use them to cut grass, garden work and bush hogging on their properties. most vintage tractors actually get exported overseas to developing countries. a village will pool together and buy a tractor to work the entire villages farms.
I'll show mine off at the local antique tracotr parades, pull floats in the local homecoming and Christmas parades, maybe some pull compitition for fun, and then whatever work i need to do around the house. make a little side money turning garnes for folks around here too. its a hobby, got to have something to keep you busy and young.
 

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Sorry Yarddog, I know, I know.. But I can't help it. It's this "stay at home thing" o_O
You'll eventually learn that an old guy has only one option other than getting older. And that's not too promising.
But that thing about 'still performing well dispight their age and simplicity' may be a stretch for some of us. ;)
i meant the machines perform well despite their age!!
as for getting older, yeah well it happens if you are lucky. most people that resotre tractors and old guys, not much new blood in the hobby.
 

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My two 8N’s I bought a few weeks ago. Speaking of Kubota, my fathers has photobombed me. Next project is to combine the two into one, then restore and repair as needed. The 8N is the next model in the N series. Built between late 1947 through 1952 give or take a year. Can’t remember exactly the year span
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Looks like someone tried to solder or braze that pickup tube and did not get it just right? If that is what I am looking at.........

Nice, that 2N is coming along........looking really good.
 

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i meant the machines perform well despite their age!!
as for getting older, yeah well it happens if you are lucky. most people that resotre tractors and old guys, not much new blood in the hobby.
I love watching Velocity or now Motor Trend and The Guild, Restoration Garage David Grainger is a huge tractor enthusiast and has some very cool and rare tractors.
 
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