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I realize I'm a little south of a lot of you guys but am finding more and more of these old tractors in "these parts". I'm an auto tech/shop owner by trade, do a lot of hi tech, late model auto service/electrical repair. I bought my first old tractor (73 446) about a year and a half ago. It's a rough old thing with a very tired Onan engine, 3 point hitch and I've added a Johnny bucket. It comes in pretty handy around my 2 acres but would not last long without a rebuild or repower if I used it much. Tom has been very helpful to me since I bought it. I just bought another (o boy, here it goes) 87 220 (anniversary edition) with a Case plow to clean my lot at work. For $425 (deductible) it didn't make since to me to haul the old 446 back and forth. We have also used it a few times already to tow in dead vehicles. I just bought a set of Ag tires for it, have not had time to install them yet. The tractor itself is in much better shape than the old 446 but the little Kohler is just as tired if not more so than the Onan. Both these engines will need to be rebuilt soon or there will be nothing to rebuild. Anyway, welcome and I look forward to hearing more from this forum.
 

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welcome to the site. What type of hi tech, late model stuff do you work on? Im a big car nut myself.
 

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Everything domestic and pretty much everything Asian. I'm about the only independent shop in Lexington that does reflashing and new module (computer) setup. Most shops send these jobs to dealers or here. That's why I added the "hi tech". We really pretty much are all hi tech if we're working on modern vehicles. I'm just the only one foolish enough to invest in all the tooling and training needed to do dealer level diagnostics on multiple brands.
 

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Computer tuning is a constant learning job. I try to tell my buddies that the schooling and info you read in magazines two years ago is not the latest and greatest info now. Its something that you must constantly learn as new technology comes out and we all know that its evolving over night.

Tuning computers for a performance increase isnt something many places do either and finding someone that knows their shit is geting hard to find. Diesel tuning is really big in my area right now and I am always trying to learn more about tuning on my camaro. The days of tuning carbs with screwdrivers are over. I now tune with a laptop and a dyno.
 

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If the two of you keep this conversation up, you are either going to have to get a room somewhere or I'm going to be forced to move this thread to Off Topic. :sidelaugh:

Welcome aboard Peanuts.
 
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