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I generally make it a habit not to down people for what they do in life, but i think it's a shame that a person has to be so greedy that that they tear apart a restorable collector's item just to make a buck. He ought to be ashamed of himself in my opinion. Yes, I understand that without "parts tractors", working on what we have would be more difficult. Other than greed, I don't see the sense in pulling apart a decent running tractor for parts, let alone collectibles. Rest assured I will not be doing business with this guy knowingly.
 

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Billygoat, as much as I hate seeing good machines parted out, I must say that Joe is one of the most honest and knowledgable GT salvage operators out there and I wouldn't hesitate to do business with him. He has helped many people get the parts they can't find anywhere else, but I'm noticing a disturbing pattern as of late, starting with the monster 446, he has been dismantling nicer tractors.
 

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With as much dislike as there is to those who part out older Case garden tractors, it does provide a service that would otherwise not be there.

What's worse? have two 155's that are thrown away or are kept in junk pile "out back" because parts are unavailable or having parts available to restore one 155?
 

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Well, now that I've calmed down a bit,I would like to apoligize to Joe and the members here for my outburst. A bit of history of why I get upset about collectibles torn apart. I bought a rough 1946 Harley 45" flathead. Put a lot of time and money in it, had it pretty decent. A person I knew wanted the bike pretty bad and said he wanted to finish doing a total restore on it. I sold him the bike with the assumption that he would do that. I rode the bike to his house and made the deal. Two days later every piece that could be taken apart was apart on being sold just so the greedy bastard could make a buck. When I asked him about it he just laughed and said"that's life". Cost me another $100 and two hours in jail, but was worth it when I was laughing at him getting healed up. I guess "that's life". :oops:
 

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yepper. My thoughts on this is if it's a nice tractor (as this one looks to be). I'd try to sell the tractor for close to what I'd get out of it for parts and then if that did'nt work I'd part it out. Joe has been a real help to me in getting parts for my 155 so I'm kinda mixed on my feelings about the whole thing.
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Billygoat said:
Well, now that I've calmed down a bit,I would like to apoligize to Joe and the members here for my outburst. A bit of history of why I get upset about collectibles torn apart. I bought a rough 1946 Harley 45" flathead. Put a lot of time and money in it, had it pretty decent. A person I knew wanted the bike pretty bad and said he wanted to finish doing a total restore on it. I sold him the bike with the assumption that he would do that. I rode the bike to his house and made the deal. Two days later every piece that could be taken apart was apart on being sold just so the greedy bastard could make a buck. When I asked him about it he just laughed and said"that's life". Cost me another $100 and two hours in jail, but was worth it when I was laughing at him getting healed up. I guess "that's life". :oops:
I have a friend of mine who has one of those flatheads, I think it's a '50 something not as old as what you describe. He hasn't had the time or money to finish restoring it but he keeps it in his living room by the front window. By the way he talks about it I suspect that if his house catchs on fire, his wife is on her own while he saves the bike!
 

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Ok, I feel bad now. :sad: I bought the high speed throttle stop and related parts from this 155 to replace the pieces that the machine shop lost when they where working on the K321 from my 224. I promise that I will remember the sacrifice of this 155 each time I push the 224 to WOT.

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yepper. My thoughts on this is if it's a nice tractor (as this one looks to be). I'd try to sell the tractor for close to what I'd get out of it for parts and then if that did'nt work I'd part it out. Joe has been a real help to me in getting parts for my 155 so I'm kinda mixed on my feelings about the whole thing.
Mike
I kind of have to defend Joe a little bit. I have seen him list whole tractors for a period of time & not get his price. Then he parted them out. So.....he does seem to feel that they should be kept intact if he can get a good price out of them, but how long can he be expected to keep them in inventory when he's trying to make money?
 

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I have no issues with Joe either. I'm familiar with him from my other haunt MTF. The way I see it is I won't care how he gets a "thingamob" for my 1961 "whatchamacallit" as long as hes got it. The photo of the soon to be dismantled machine is a little sad nonetheless.
 

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I also do not have a bitch with Joe. I too have purchased some deck hanger hardware and some headlight clips from him. I can understand using a unrepairable tractor that is too far gone, but one such as this 155? I just have a problem with that. That looks like it was very well kept, or someone already did some restorations to it.
 

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If you can sell em whole great. Good thing some get parted out otherwise I'd be in T R O U B L E with mine.

My cousins drove my uncles 58 corvette to school complete with trailer hitch (must have been early 70s at the time - they're older than I am). When I asked him later in his life what the heck he was thinking he told me it was just a car and there are a lot of vettes out there and he wasnt going to own something he couldnt use and enjoy. Luckily he gave it to one of my cousins who had is professionally restored. Cousin told me if he knew going into it how much it would end of costing him he wouldnt have done it. To 99.9999999% of the population these are just old junk tractors (or $$ in parts). Just the way it is.
 
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