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Hart, Texas - PHOTOS and Reports


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Old 03-28-2009, 06:00:06 PM
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Tanner, I heard $375,000 for the Fairbanks Tractor.
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The Fairbanks tractor brought $375,000.00 I think that the sleeper was a 4 HP early Fairbanks Morse "N" or Standard made in 1901, It was complete with a few repro parts but pretty straight all in all. It went for $12,000.00 I went from Massachusetts 2200 miles trailer in tow and went home EMPTY!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:06:31 PM
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You make me cry Mike thinking what I could have bought that tractor for several years ago..... of course if I'd just buy a lottery ticket with the right 6 numbers on it I'd win with it too!

I used to own the N you talk about. I gave $600 for it in the mid 1980's. The good old days! Sorry you weren't able to get some iron. I think Gene Fisher's story of his IH that sold at the auction is the best one of all. We'll let him tell it.
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Remember, what it brought doesn't matter. Aren't we in this for the preservation, and NOT the money?
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Yup Harold. But, when you see something that you could have bought for $8500 bring $375,000, well......
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Tommy when they started the Fairbanks up to load it OHHHHHHHHHH it ran so smooth. Can you here it? Boy did everyone run to watch it even myself.
Sorry Tommy just had to bust some chops.
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Who bought the Fairbanks and where is it going?
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Remember, what it brought doesn't matter. Aren't we in this for the preservation, and NOT the money?
You would be surprised how many people are opposite of that quote.......sad to say.......
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Just got back. Fairbanks Went for 375,000
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Here it is guys! Sorry that I don't have my HI-DEF codecs with me, but in the interest of speed, here it is...

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Harry: Did they talk about this man? i would be interested to hear about his life. Did they talk about him at the beginning of the auction?
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thanks harry
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anyone know the price of the center crank Case steam engine?
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Well, at least its going to Illinois... Thanks George for bringing it close to Indiana, maybe i can come see it one day....
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wow thanks

first thanks to harry for the great pics.

thanks to george for keeping the tractor here. let me be the first to invite you to bring it to our show in rainsville in 7/17/18/19. we would love to have you.

now where all all the engine prices. who got what? we want to know. thanks tom
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The big Fairbanks tractor was originally from here in KY. He offered to sell it in the mid 80's for $8500. I thought that was way too much money. It will be interesting to see how much that $8500 investment would have appreciated.
Tommy, The F&M TRACTOR ( investment did lot better than my 401 plan. ) I lost over 45% in mine. It's true Hind-sight is 20/20.
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The IHC Famous engine bidding, such as it is with wind in the microphone is here...

http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showth...037#post394037

Oh and one more thing! It's a wonder that this ol' Florida boy didn't show up wearing shorts and a T-shirt! It was windy and colder than Hell in up north Texas. I wouldn't live there on a bet! Fortunately, I had TWO light jackets along and my LONG blue jeans. A pair of engine handling gloves were along in the car. Otherwise, I would have been out of luck!

And to prove it, here's the thermometer AND snow on the OUTHOUSE seat. Thank goodness that was not a necessity.
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Yeah Don, we're all smarter looking back than looking forward. I'm not the only person that could have bought it. He advertised it for sale for close to a year. He started out asking $12,000. Then he came down to $10,000. No one had interest. He brought it to a local show in Shelbyville, KY (where the tractor was purchased new) and wanted to sell it. He finally said he would take $8500 for it. Several of us looked at it but all thought it was too much money. A person finally bought it and traded it for a truck load of gas engines to a collector in IL. He then traded it to Armstrong for another tractor.
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Let me see if I got this right. We are in it for the preservation till the money gets to a certain point then ? I think I'm beginning to catch on.
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Why can't it be a hobby that is also an investment? One thing for sure, that tractor will never end up in some piece of crap from China. Without the money aspect, a good portion of this old iron would have been scrapped a long time ago.
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