If you have been reading my posts for any length of time, then you probably concluded that i like these tractors........... a lot. I won't go into the reasons in this thread because all that matters is that I really, really like them to the point of collecting them.
I have been known to occasionally voice my most humble opinion about those who buy up all makes of tractors, tear them to pieces and sell off the parts. I have also been known to "go off" when I see someone intentionally "violate" a Colt, Case or ingersoll tractor.
List of violations
- putting a yellow seat on a CCI tractor
- painting a CCI tractor a non-OEM colour
- installing antlers or steer horns on the hood
For the most part, i am what some people would call a "purist", however I am not against well executed modifications. Tractors by caseracer and Phaon come to mind as do the creations made by whipny1.
I also understand that not everyone sees a garden tractor the same way I do. To some people, an old GT is nothing more than another tool in the shed. It's something you buy at a garage or yard sale, bring home and do whatever you need to, in order to make it work for you. And if you can't make it work any longer, then it's off to the scrap yard without a thought as to whether there is still value remaining in the butchered carcass.
As many of you know, the Mods at MTF got many complaints about my outspokenness whenever I saw threads like this one.
The OP has not stated that he is making a Pulling Tractor so I have to wonder what purpose this sad looking Lo Pro is now good for. Installing a vertical shaft engine signals the end of the hydraulic mid-mount lift and operating any belt driven attachments. Once upon a time, there were tractors that only had a drawbar. Those tractors took the place of a team of heavy horses. Later tractors came with a large pulley that would power other items thanks to a wide, flat belt. Many other improvements were made to the common tractor to broaden its uses on the farm and many of those filtered down to the Case garden tractor. So when I see a thread like that one, which essentially sends a good tractor back to the stone age of tractor development, it makes me shake my head.
And then there is the personality that has no respect for the tractor they own in spite of raving what a fantastic machine it is. These people will hack, cut, weld, drill and bolt stuff togther in order to meld foreign attachments to the tractor. A Sears 3 pt is lever operated. Sears uses their own proprietary implements. They are not CAT 0, which is the universally accepted standard used by everyone else. The Sears and Craftsman tractors are very popular. Go to any broad-based forum and activity on the Craftsman forum is higher than the Case forum. Suburbans and the attachments are in demand. So why ruin a perfectly good Sears 3 pt ? Why not sell off these Sears items and use the money to purchase OEM items for the Case that you now profess to love so much?
If any of you didn't understand the point I was trying to make in the Classified's section regarding the 2710 Colt, then I can't offer a more convincing witness than the owner himself in this thread.
Feel free to comment whether you agree or disagree.