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Old 09-04-2017, 09:05:56 AM
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I must admit that I too prefer the way it looked before the last repaint. Makes me wonder how it was painted originally. Was the sheet metal originally left unpainted? Besides that as it is now, I'd be afraid to get it dirty playing with it.
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I must admit that I too prefer the way it looked before the last repaint.
I agree. I saw the tractor up close at a show in Minnesota a number of years ago. The sheet metal looked awesome. It sure looked like it came from the factory without the sheet metal being painted. I would never have painted it but since I didn't buy the tractor I don't have a say.
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Since Im one of the guys who restored this tractor here is the list of FACTS not guesses or opinions

1. The tractor was purchased at a Nixon Auction by George a few years ago

2. Many parts of the tractor were wore out, busted and missing

3. The original color is red, there was several places on the sheet metal with faded red paint and brush marks, Even all under the hood was still a pinkish red I have all the original sheet metal if anybody would like to see it and verify the colors.

4. All of the sheet metal is brand new on the tractor, many panels were very dented and stress cracked and rust in the edges

The engine was rebuilt, all new clutch parts were cast, the plow lift was fixed, lots of new parts for the plow were cast and machined, new drive chains, radiator cleaned and repaired, all new sheet metal, new drive chains, new babbitt in several places, differential rebuilt and im sure I forgot a few things
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Sorry I got the auctioneer wrong, but I was well aware that you did the current restoration on it. As always, it turned out great. Considering that the original sheet metal was galvanized, it' easily understandable that the original paint likely didn't last too long. My preference for the for the non show car look is my own and no reflection on any one else's taste. I saw it at Rantoul but didn't get to see it running as there was just so much to try to see. Did get to briefly see George but he too was super busy. I was very delighted to see the Holt, First time I was ever around one, especially watching it plow. Look to be quite a hand full for an operator to manage. While looking at the Little Oak I noticed that a small chain guide got damaged, did that happen plowing or I thought maybe during unloading as the rig looks a bit lacking in the clearance dept? It's always interesting to me learning about the pros and cons of these early designs. My thoughts at studying the unit was that the thing would have some serious issues with trash clearance under the plow frame and also a concern crossing waterways etc. Always enjoy studying those early designs, trying to see into the mind of those designers back in the day.
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Who made the engine for this tractor. I have one bank of the cylinder/head. It has crack in it so it was probably replaced. Ifound this in Saskatchewan at a farm auction afew years ago. there didnt seem to be any other parts.
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Here's the story behind this Little Oak >>> http://www.farmcollector.com/tractor...one-little-oak
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How many of these tractors are still around? and are their any numbers being kept?
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It's stated in the posts above. It is the only one period, of that make left.
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I am glad that the tractor got the attention it deserved. Ralf took very good care of it and cherished this tractor but it did need some attention.
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That is a very interesting seat design on that tractor.It reminds me of some of the early cars of that time in particular the Stutz Bearcat
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Yes, it certainly has an early auto roadster look to it. The seat design also reminds me of those found on the Port Huron.
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