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 02-15-2004, 20:08 Post: 76970
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I have a ford 8n, that will be sold this year. Question is should I give her a paint job (it needs it bad) the metal is pretty good though, and fix the few problems with the fuel system (seems they are just like a dirt bike, every other time out with it its something else)
Or should I just sell it the way it is. I am estimating 1500 as is and upwards of $3,000 all shiny and running fine.
The hydraulics are very good and it dont smoke. I live on the Il/Wi. border and will have to haul it down here 300 miles from the north to work on it. The only reason to do that would be to make an extra grand after paint and fixin it up. I dont have much going on till frost comes out anyway?
So what do ya think, is it worth hauling and working on it? Might even bring more down here, these young (yuppies)
oops! really seem to like these older painted hobby farm yard ornaments. (lord knows most I have seen down in northern IL are not used to their potential, more of a look at what I have thing)






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 02-15-2004, 21:33 Post: 76976
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The market for 8N's is pretty strong here as well. You can get a decent running, mostly all there tractor for $1500. A nicely done restoration (rust removed, holes and dents fixed and automotive type paint) with everything else OK (tires & wheels good, hydraulics work, good oil pressure, little smoke) might fetch $3000. But then you may end up spending $500 on a modest restoration job, plus your time, and hauling it back and forth...I'd say you would be ahead to take the $1500 now. Unless you really enjoy the resto process. Maybe you could fix the mechanicals where it is now without hauling it.
From a buyers point of view, I've been following Farmall Super C's for more than a year now. I resto'd an A last year, so I know pretty much what it would take to do another Farmall. A good, unrestored Super C might bring $1000-$1200; the same tractor with a very nice paint job wouldn't bring $2500. I'd rather have the unrestored one for $1000 than an already done restoration for $2500; and I would put a paint can restoration job dead even with the untouched one. Actually, would rather have the untouched one rather than one where somebody has sprayed over the grease and rust. Just my two cents.
If you bring her home and start working on her, you might just decide to keep her!
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 02-15-2004, 22:21 Post: 76978
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Thanks bill
That is what I have heard, if you dont do a class paint job it dont get top dollar. I guess I have to way the benefits. I know I need to get her running in close to perfect condition if I want to sell with a conscience. I think I will haul it home so I have the time, Was planning on steam washing the guts and bombing it the red, and then have a decent job done on the fenders and hood. Dont know though, maybe I should fix the mechanicals and see what it would bring. I really could use the extra grand or so but like you said it really may be easier to just give her away to someone wanting to do it right. The extra cash wont make or break me but I never like selling something for less than I paid for it although I gave $2200 12 years ago for it wich included a GREAT post hole digger and back blade along with a harrow. I plan on keeping all the toys so I guess if I sold it for 1500 I would still be money ahead?
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 02-16-2004, 06:45 Post: 76997
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The general rule of tractor restoration is that it is cheaper to buy one already restored than to do it yourself. That simply means that you're losing money to restore one. I think that is why you see so many high prices on older tractors. Rather than setting a reasonable price (reasonable meaning market value), people try to recoup their investment. That is why I've seen so many Super C's for $2500-$3000 that either don't sell or take a long time to sell.
If your 8N is in decent shape, I believe it would fetch more than $1500 as is. At least around here. Somebody looking for a project really doesn't care about the details (like paint) as long as the metal is solid and the tractor is close to complete.
If you were closer to WV, my dad would be there with cash in hand. He loves 8N's; in his book, $1500 for a nice one is a bargain.
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 02-16-2004, 08:17 Post: 77003
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I agree with BillM. If you just want to get the most you can out of the 8N I would not start a restoration. I might steam or pressure wash it but not paint it. One N-series selling point is that you can buy almost every part for it on the internet.

If it runs pretty good and has hydraulics and brakes I would try to get $2000 for it anyway. Also the area where you live will probably fetch a better price than where it's sitting so it might be worth dragging it home. If it needs a little help, a set of plug wires and distributor cap can work wonders. You can also replace the Marvel carb with a rebuilt pretty cheaply (although the rebuild kit is only about $10).
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 02-16-2004, 08:59 Post: 77010
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I'm debating the same issue with my Farmall "C", but I also have bad tires. The body is dent free but needs paint, the engine burns some oil and needs a ring job but still runs strong. It has a homemade loader and 3 point hitch. I'm too busy to do any of the work myself, so getting the work done is fairly expensive and won't get the money back out of it. However, I'm faced with a nostalgia issue since I grew up with the tractor.

Everbody tells me that I'm further ahead just selling it. Some new plug wires and distributor cap are less than $50.00 and will get it running better. A local dealer has one in their lot with OK tires and an average paint job for $2,100.00. That doesn't give me much incentive to invest allot of money.






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 02-16-2004, 09:26 Post: 77011
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Yooper, I understand the nostaligia issue. If you grew up with it and have any room you should keep it. I keep my eyes open an pick up the parts I need pretty cheaply sometimes. You can too, especially if you're not in a big hurry. Last fall I bought a practically new rear tire for my 9N for $25. If it's your own you probably don't mind a little smoke once in a while. Smile
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 02-16-2004, 09:39 Post: 77013
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That's a good point about looking for used tires. New tires are about $650.00 all around and mounted. I may just hang onto it. Thanks for the tip!






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 02-16-2004, 09:50 Post: 77016
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Yooper, I would keep it.
The Farmall A that I just restored was purchased new in '47 by my Granddad. I didn't care a lick about it until Dad gave it to me a couple of years ago. Now I'm really attached to it... collecting family photos with the tractor and various family members...it has been a lot of fun. I still use it when I have a chance, but mostly just enjoy putt-putting around the fields and woods with it.
That old tractor sat in the barn for years and nobody looked at it. Now it is bringing happiness to me and my Dad. I think I have a picture of it in my picture album on here.

Just my opinion. You never know how things will turn out.

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 02-16-2004, 20:43 Post: 77077
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What were you doing with rops folded down! Laughing out loud. Was your pic number 2 just after green up? Man it looked like you just sank into quick sand with grass on top.
I like your other pics very pretty tractor, you must be proud of it.

I will take the advice of hauling it down here and pressure wash it, do alittle r&r on the mechanicals and list it for sale for awhile. It is not pressing to get the money imediatley since I am financing the new tractor so it may be the best thing to try to sell her in the shape she is in. My buddy up north has just dug out my driveway (from the back side thru the woods trail from his house) as to not open it up from the highway. So I will be picking it up this weekend along with signing the papers on the new tractor. Thanks again, as always I think I have recieved some really great ideas.






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