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Local Auction 8 Miles from my Place


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Old 10-16-2019, 09:56:29 AM
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Last Saturday there was an auction 8 miles from my place, I knew the seller years ago and knew he had some old International tractors. I have had the gout really bad for a little over two months now, on and off, so getting around that day was sketchy. I did have to work a little bit that morning, called the auctioneer and he said tractors would probably sell around 1pm. I supervised at work, but was on crutches at the time, clocked out at 11 and went home. Came out to the sale at 12;45, left at 2 as I had to go to my wife's class reunion...…….she actually had no idea I was cooking up a plan to go to an auction otherwise I think I would have been scolded severely.

Scrap prices here are around 25/ton. As I came late my bid number was 204. When they started on the first F-20 I was caught off guard, as I have plenty of them I really wasn't looking for another, it was stuck and went for 175 dollars. The second tractor was advertised as an F-20, unstuck, but was actually an F-30. It went for 150 dollars, later I kicked my self as I was there for the steel wheeled F-12 and 10-20. I bought the 10-20 for 250 dollars, it actually came with loose side curtains, unstuck, narrowed fenders and bad kingpins. I think it will make a good tractor. Next was a W-30 I missed, then came the F-12 which I really didn't need other than the wheels and it was unstuck. It went for 400 dollars to a family member, if I knew he was family I wouldn't have bid him up.

After the tractors there was a pile of rear lugs for the F-12 I bought for 55 dollars as the new owner of the tractor wasn't interested. And the correct manifold for the 10-20 was laying there which I got for 15 dollars choice item bid.

Anyway, these low scrap prices I think are making it a buyers market and unfortunately bad times for the seller on these McCormick models. Restored or running tractors seem to be holding their own, but these non-running or parts units are back to the prices we used to pay when we were buying them up.
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Congratulations, you can't beat the price and close to home on top of it! That does not happen every day.
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Congratulations, you can't beat the price and close to home on top of it! That does not happen every day.
That's for sure. Several weeks before that I drove 2 1/2 hours one way to a huge auction with similar items plus way more and spent the whole day there going home with 35 dollars worth of parts. This auction I spent no more than an hour and a half at and 8 miles away, still hard to believe. Was able to work three hours in the morning and made it ten minutes late to the wife's class reunion.
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Bought “junk” tractors AND late to wife’s class reunion... maybe you could hang a tarp between two of those “junk” tractors for some shelter?
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