Posted 12-24-2003 at 20:38:18
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We made the trek (about 100 miles or so) to Castle Rock. We met in a field next to the shell gas station sitting just east of the name sake earthen tablerock (see photo). The Ebay seller who was ready to load her up (do they call tractors her or him?). We started to run through the inspection instructions we had gleaned off the web. Doug the seller advised us it was the most critical inspection he had ever witnessed (and we without out compression checker - go figure ;-)
The tractor was NOT in the shape represented - ugh! We had a bit of a verbal battle In the end, I paid 1325 (300 less than the auction) and took the tractor figuring I couldn't buy a sit down lawnmower for 1325.00 ;-) The seller cried that I was brutal when I informed him he lied when answering my questions and did not disclose some apparent minor problems - all he could say was that it was a fifty plus year old tractor. I replied I don't buy into that nonsense - the only thing people have to make a decision on when buying used things on Ebay are photos (his were out of focus, jittery and lacking in detail) and description. His reply to my pointed questions via email lacked true responses to direct questions as well as avoidance of disclosing, as common courtesy, details of defects. So anyway, I got the tractor - it is all right ;-/ I wasn't as hard as this might read - really. It is three years my junior and I think we will be friends. There are a number of redundant photos here - but I love to look at those old tractors
I thought Anita, my wife, kind of looked like one of those gals from the movie 'Red Dawn" did you ever see that militant epic where the youth of the town became the 'Wolverines.' Well, there was Anita in her beret hat and we sort of ganged up on this guy - but he really deserved it. Anyway - don't think us too harsh. Ebay can be a tough place to get what you think you paid for ;-(
The photos make the little tractor look better than it is in some respects - the sheet metal is a little battered, the PTO leaks, there is a small oil leak in the engine area and the fan belt is in dire need of replacement. Not the original grill. It does not burn oil and seems to run quite good. A little work and this will be a good little 8N. Photos by my son Julian
Merry Christmas Ya'll - We are really glad we found you interesting web folks this year.