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20 hours ago, stronger800 said:

(What’s a $6k motor job look like?) 

crank checked, and everything else internal new? 

Believe it or not, that $6000 motor job was about 30 years ago! Had to have been before 1996 because as I recall Dad put the loader back on the 560 while the 756 was in the shop.

To the best of my knowledge all they did was pull it out of the tractor, disassemble, reassemble with the overhaul kit, put it back in the tractor.

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3 minutes ago, Matt Kirsch said:

Believe it or not, that $6000 motor job was about 30 years ago! Had to have been before 1996 because as I recall Dad put the loader back on the 560 while the 756 was in the shop.

To the best of my knowledge all they did was pull it out of the tractor, disassemble, reassemble with the overhaul kit, put it back in the tractor.

yup, $1000 a hole 30 years ago done right

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16 minutes ago, hillman said:

yup, $1000 a hole 30 years ago done right

It wasn't done right. Had nothing but problems with the #1 hole every year or so after that overhaul, costing an additional $4000 because it was always just out of warranty and the dealer wouldn't give any consideration. Probably because my folks were one of their few customers that paid their bills... 

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17 hours ago, nate said:

Geez leave the guy be.   I have met “Rusty”.  He is a nice guy.   His tractor= he can do what he wants with it.  If he wants to paint it purple with pink Polk-a-dots so be it

I do have a purple car, it would match hahahaha, no I'm going to paint it egyption gold cause it's the color everyone wishes gold demos wereScreenshot_20220115-141249_Gallery.thumb.jpg.ed84956988368c3ac12f1e35f6931e2a.jpg

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15 hours ago, acem said:

I'd like to see it painted titty pink with nipples...

Or not

Hang on I will run it by the missis "Hey Emily can I paint the tractor titt" wife "NO  you idiot " well I guess gold demo tribute it is

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4 hours ago, stronger800 said:

But they were mostly done proactively and on well-maintained tractors without bigger problems 

This one was done proactively, and for many years Dad lamented that he should have just left it alone. I don't remember exactly why he decided to have it overhauled but as I recall it was still running and being used every day.

That tractor got genuine IH Low Ash 30 in the summer and Low Ash 10 in the winter, so the oil got changed twice a year whether it needed it or not, so it wasn't a matter of lack of maintenance either.

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Got both fenders mounted, i set them a littlef forward vs the original spot. Fenders are more centerd on the axle and look better i think. Mounted the 67 bendix20230210_135900.thumb.jpg.1802778894419acb641a7b1fe738a8d1.jpg20230210_135844.thumb.jpg.58dadb498ab5406fc34a570f3d0aee47.jpg20230210_135806.thumb.jpg.c1a98c0a842c9ddde093962ae1a12b9a.jpg fender radio. Just a few leaks , brakes , some odds and ends and it will be ready to paint, but that will be when it's warm out, I will do that myself.

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1 hour ago, Matt Kirsch said:

Never seen a tombstone seat on a mechanical suspension before. Interesting.

I had one so I threw it on, also I like the back support, and it looks way nicer.

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On 2/9/2023 at 11:52 AM, stronger800 said:

(What’s a $6k motor job look like?) 

crank checked, and everything else internal new? 

Off memory for our 1066 13 months ago. Federal Mogul kit $1,400, block and crankshaft to machine shop for cleaning and checking $?, injector pump and injectors rebuilt 1,800+? Turbocharger (new) I had in stock $? , Head sent to shop for cleaning, checking and rebuild 1,500? , Radiator cleaned and checked and rodded out 300? Camshaft bearings replaced,  Labor in house not included in the above along with new radiator hoses and antifreeze . Wish it was only 6,000 for the parts side of this equation 

10 hours ago, stronger800 said:

Lots of quick job inframes done around here for under $1000 total, still running 10, 20, 30 years later 

"Inframe"?  Doubt anything other than fix bare minimum is done for this price. Inframe in my opinion is complete overhaul without removing crankshaft or camshaft, head done , rad should be checked also 

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Quick inframe…pistons/sleeves/bearings. Proactively.  Like you bought it with 5000 hr on it, don’t know what’s inside, so you look.    We don’t touch radiators that are cooling just fine. 
heads go to the shop if they need it.  Same with the injection pump.   If the tractor started quick and ran strong, I’m not touching it.  
Bought a 1466 with 4500 hr on it, pretty reasonable, because it was rattling.  Figured the worst.  Pulled valve cover…..found a broken rocker arm.   Pretty quick fix.  Installed bearings proactively.  I think it ran good for another ten years after that.   Then it got everything the next time. So that first ten years was free.   Imo. 

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6 hours ago, Matt Kirsch said:

Never seen a tombstone seat on a mechanical suspension before. Interesting.

I ran one on a 1066 with mechanical suspension for years. I got it cheap (used) and ran it.

Are cushions and arm rests available for the tombstone seats?

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12 hours ago, acem said:

I ran one on a 1066 with mechanical suspension for years. I got it cheap (used) and ran it.

Are cushions and arm rests available for the tombstone seats?

The seat I have is all new, there is whole new seats and arm rests avaliable 

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2 hours ago, mrfred54 said:

Looks like you got a young operator there. Very nice.  That'll be a beauty there, once painted.

I bought a drone and Zeke in the pic is going to pull a 13 foot 3 point digger on sandy ground to break in the engine . Will make some great drone footage him doing that and flying along side 

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