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Just playing around!!


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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
Painted 11 11.11%
Work Clothes 46 46.46%
Like Both 42 42.42%
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Old 07-30-2005, 02:13:32 PM
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I have been restoring two JD E1 1/2 engines, both at the same time. One is painted and one is not. I hear some people say they had rather have them repainted and some say leave them in their work clothes. Give me your opinion.
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Old 07-30-2005, 04:09:45 PM
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Unpainted works for me. Brian
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Another Vote for Unpainted for me
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if it was exceptional and had original paint id say ok otherwise id repaint. it was bright and shinney when new
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Old 07-30-2005, 10:07:46 PM
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Maybe I should have worded this a little differently; such as, I just restored these two engines. One I repainted and one I left in its work clothes. Which do you prefer? Thanks John
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Old 07-30-2005, 10:47:54 PM
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Im afraid i cant vote for eaither, FOR THEY BOTH LOOK GOOD
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Well I Do Like Nice Original engines... BUT So Many I get have been given the Barn Broom job in the past.... So I usually have No Choice but to Repaint in Most Cases. I say if an engine has 60 % Original paint leave as is except to preserve the original finish.... The last couple I have got have been painted by a would be Rembrandt and I had No Choice but to start over.... But you have to Take Them Like they are.... Or you Won't get too many....
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I just LOVE rustbuckets that run BETTER than NEW PAINT!!!!
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I believe the lettering is spaced wrong on both?BobRR
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I forgot to add I preferr the original look too as long as there is some paint!. The reason I think the lettering is wrong is my 1st engine is this one which I have had 45yrs. and I touched up the john Deere lettering over the original logo(only paint left)and it is not spaced like yours it is also its 3rd coat of paint which when i got it it didnt have any!When it was found a tree had to be cut down that was growing through the spokes Will keep this one forever! BobRR
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Deere made them from aprox. 1922-1946. They used many different lettering styles over that time.

I think its best to leave them original. You can always paint, you can't make them look weathered originalvery easy
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John: My favorites are those left just as found. Never have to worry about trying to keep'em clean . It leaves me a lot more time to work on other projects .
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John, leave it up to you, to start something! : I like both, but if it's going to be painted, it should be done correctly & NOT like the the ugly pink FBM Z I saw yesterday, at the Hastings, MN Show!!!
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All my engines are "as purchased" and will probably stay that way. Although, I would like to paint one some day
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Default Re: Just playing around!!

I have mixed feelings about "restoring" engines.

If it's a really good runner but has a lot of haywire fixes, I'd leave it alone as an original as-found engine.

If it's got most of it's original paint or has fragments of the original paint and is a really rare engine, I'd clean it up and leave it alone. It would be a good example to someone with a similar engine who needs to paint it.

If it's a common engine and is grungy, why not make it look good? It's up to the owner.

Now, there's the guy who takes a nice original engine with good paint and over restores it by grinding and polishing 'til it shines like a new dollar. They're nice to look at but, sadly, not original any more. It's also up to the guy who owns it and does all the work.

I suppose that puts me in the "either-or" category.

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John -

That shop is FAR, FAR too neat, clean and organized! I think that's a sickness LOL.

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Heres my vote! Can't go back once they have been dolled up!

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Judging by the shop, he ain't got any kids at home, or has a big lock on the
door!!!

I like them with original paint, if it's been brushed a couple of times, I'll take it down to metal, and repaint it as original.
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John -

That shop is FAR, FAR to neat, clean and organized! I think that's a sickness LOL.

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Chris, Pictures are sometimes deceiving. If you could see the floor and the rest of the shop, you would change your mind!!!

Thanks everyone for voting and sharing your feelings...John
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Default Re: Just playing around!!

Just take a look at that shop with all the tools on the wall. How can you ever find anything in that confusion? Tools when organized make me look all over for them and I cannot find what it is I am looking for. Just throw them on the workbench and then go diggin. With a shop like that a man would have all his projects finished way to soon and have nothing to do. I just cannot imagine that state of organization in a shop.
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