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  1. Gold 1026

    10-4 I understand about preserving the past, but I also know that tractor was built to work!
  2. Gold 1026

    Are you going to use it or is it just a really pretty toy? Looks fantastic!
  3. All, I grew up on a small farm in Southern Indiana, and own most of that farm today. I do not live there, but now rent the ground out for pasture ground for beef cattle. Dad always had beef cattle so that was a natural fit. Growing up, a dairy farmer neighbor had a IH 986 that he chopped with and did other jobs. I always loved that tractor and got to use it a few times to move hay etc for him. I've always wanted one. He also had a Ford 9030 so that was another bucket list tractor as well, but I bought a NH TV-140 a few years ago to use as a big loader tractor at the farm and really enjoy that tractor. As the story goes sometimes when kids grow up I moved away to college and stayed here about 2 hours from the farm. I now live in a sub-division but hope to retire to the farm one day. That said I am up there nearly every weekend especially in the winter, as mom still lives there although every winter she talks about moving to town. So.... with that said a couple weeks ago I found a 1977 IH1486 that was priced really well and brought it home. It needs a lot of TLC but is all there, and for what I paid I can throw some money at it to get it working. My plan for this tractor is to eventually buy a 15' batwing to help keep the farm/pastures mowed. I grew up working on tractors and have for several years had multiple Cub Cadets that have needed rebuilt/refurbed etc. I work as a social worker/therapist but am pretty mechanically inclined so I think I am up to the task of fixing this thing with a little assistance. I keep telling myself it's just a really big Cub Cadet! LOL From what I know about the tractor I bought it from it's second owner who used it mostly for irrigation until the clutch went out about 5-6 years ago. The TA also only worked in the high side. That farmer parked it in the fence row and left it sit for the last few years. Because it has sat unused it's had a few mouse nests in it and worse yet the motor is stuck. The cab also has all the typical rust for a tractor that has sat out. The hour meter and I think it's probably correct shows just over 7K hours. I know I will have to install a new clutch which means splitting the tractor. I have been looking at TA replacement and Leaman's looks like the best bet for me to send or take him the transmission and have him rebuild it. I am currently looking for someone closer to Southern IN to be able to replace the TA as I don't want to chance not getting it right when it takes so much work to replace. I am hopeful that when the tractor is split I can bolt a long piece of angle iron to the fly wheel to get the motor unstuck. I realize I may be in for an "in frame kit" for it. Dad had a C Allis years ago that stuck from sitting and we drug that tractor all over the farm and rocked and rocked and rocked trying to get it free. We finally split it, bolted the angle iron on and it came free very easily that way. I realize this isn't a C Allis Chalmers! But I can hope!!!! I need to buy a Service manual, and a few other books and am currently saving funds for the clutch, and TA repair. I will try and update this thread as I move along and please if you have any insight, advice, or wisdom on the subject please don't be shy. I know I'm in a little over my head here, but I've fixed worse, and this is a tractor I've always wanted so I don't really care if it does take 10 years! And Lastly I'm stoked to have a big red tractor and I can see myself collecting 86 series as I still want a 986, and wouldn't mind having a 1086 either! lol
  4. I was able to play with my "new" 986 this weekend, and get a few things done to it. We even took it for a short tractor ride Here are a couple pics from Saturday. I believe the weights that are on the front are Magnum weights? I plan to pull them off and sell them if anyone close needs any. There's only 3 of them. I also took pictures and listed my other 986 for sale on Craigslist and Facebook selling pages.
  5. Gold 1026

    Absolutely Beautiful! Congrats!
  6. 10's are easier to find as they made twice as many of them. Plus with a 10 you get a little more tractor. Turbo, heavier clutch, axles, and rear. 10's are cat 3 where as a 9 is cat 2 if that makes a difference to you.
  7. No I plan to sell it. I wish I could though. Mechanically it's a sound tractor it's just not as cosmetically as nice. But I only have so many extra dollars for toy tractors!
  8. Good to know. But still I only "need" 4 86 series tractors lol
  9. I am going to sell the other 986 I bought here soon. Then I want a 1586. While a Hydro 186 is cool, I never cared for the left handed Cub Cadet hydros and doubt I would much like the 186 configuration. Same goes for a Hydro 86. An 886 and a 786 I don't have much use for either as they have the more expensive and less HP engines in them. The 400 series are pretty cheap to work on it appears and parts are out there. A 686 would be nice one of these days, but a 666 just sounds cooler! I do have a barn that needs a few repairs that these will fit in. I put up that Car port in the back of the picture specifically to put the 1486 and 1086 under for the winter but it has kept my NH TV-140 out of the weather instead. I have a lot of work yet to do up at the farm that does not include these tractors. It would help if I lived there but I'm 2 hrs away and usually only get up there on Saturdays. I really do need to come up with a new machine shed at some point. I started all this really just wanting a 986, and then found a cheap 1486. If I can find a 1586 one of these days I think 4 of these tractors is enough! But they do need to be under roof.
  10. 1086

    She's definitely naked now! 1086 sure don't look like much all stripped down!
  11. Look what got delivered today too bad I don't get to play with it till Saturday
  12. Not having AC is not OK unless you remove doors.
  13. It's not perfect but for 40 years old it's pretty nice. Everything seems to work except the AC. I didn't try the radio either but I could care less about it. I will fix the AC though!
  14. I've been working a part time gig and saving that money for tractors
  15. Thanks. I hope to keep these tractors for a long time.
  16. SMiller it is indeed a small world. Nate, indeed you are correct. Thanks for the positive comments guys!
  17. A buddy who works at a (sort of) local dealer messaged me last week to let me know they had a pretty nice low hour 986 coming in on trade. I went and looked once it got there and it is indeed pretty nice. I swallowed hard when he told me how much but after counting out all my pennies in my jar, searching the couch cushions, and emptying the clothes dryer I found enough. They will be delivering it to the farm sometime hopefully next week. I'm broke but I'm stoked! This is my dream/bucket list tractor. I will probably have to sell my other 986 but I think I can get my money back at least. The progress on the 14 and 10 have stalled due to winter but I hope I can get at least one running this summer.
  18. Yesterday I drove down to Calhoun KY and brought back 4 wheel weights for 50 bucks a piece. I felt like I got a pretty decent deal on those?
  19. 1456 gold demo S/N 13313 progress

    B-E-A-utiful! Is this going to be a show piece or put back to work some?
  20. Fordson F Tractor project

    Where's the oil pump on that motor? I sure don't see where it goes from your pictures, and I haven't ever been around a Fordson.
  21. Only in Kentucky

    HaHa Might be still legal to drive a tractor if you lost your license but it's still illegal to drive a tractor if you've been drinking. Local police had a "chase" a few years ago with a drunk idiot on a golf cart.....
  22. a 1456 to call my own - with pictures

    Congrats! Nice find!
  23. 1086

    I'd say lol
  24. Tractor to Start Farming With

    I know I was just teasing. Louisville can be pretty rough in places!