In Reply to: Re: How far to go on a restore posted by Steve Dabrowski on August 30, 2020 at 18:20:56:
Here's one of the many photos of Steve's finished projects. Steve invested a good deal of time and money in restoring (NOT refurbishing his tractors, there's a difference) and both are 99.98% exact-as-original in every way. True, dedicated restorers like Steve aren't in it for the money and the return on investment on projects like this cannot be appreciated. The market for vintage tractors and equipment has depreciated for the past 10-15 years now. There have been some early 9N's sold at places like MECUM for beaucpoup bucks -like $15-30K but NONE have been correctly restored. Heck one even had 12V on it. Sellers had somebody do the actual refurbishing and did them to what their idea was without knowing what was original. Steve's is one of the few all-correct/all-original restorations ever done. I know of only about 5 or 6 guys that have done and/or own correct early restorations.
EARLY FORD 9N& EARLY 8N EXACT-AS-ORIGINAL RESTORATIONS; STEVE DABROWSKI, OWNER: