In Reply to: Re: Stuck Valve Or Worse posted by Jack - Iowa on July 25, 2020 at 07:05:59:
Jack, thanks for your reply. Actually, this mechanic was the second source I contacted and was more positive than the first, who told me he wanted no part of my old tractor as it was not worth working on. "It might be worth $1500," he said, "and at my labor rate of $110 per hour I will blow through that in no time." Fun guy.
The tractor has a use; it performs certain tasks well that are difficult to accomplish otherwise. I bought it because of the FEL, the 3-point hitch and the PTO. I have other attachments for it as well, acquired over the years, and a comparable replacement would likely cost more than the necessary repairs.
I have to admit to an affinity for anything that runs on gasoline and a love of finding out how old things were designed and built. Bessie and I are almost the same age, and I'm not as strong as I used to be, either. But we're both pretty stubborn, and neither of us is going anywhere yet...
Thanks for your good wishes.