7/3/05
Tuesday, July 12, 2005, 11:25 PM
Just before noon I asked Delia if she wanted to take a ride. "No. Home." I said "You don't want to take a ride?" She said "Home." Then I said "Do you want to go see the tractor?" "Gack-gur!!" "You want to take a ride to see the tractor?" "GACK-GUR!!!"

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6/29/05
Tuesday, July 12, 2005, 11:22 PM
She's mine now!

It doesn't run, however, the guy said nothing happened to it other than he just stopped using it and it sat. He took off the distributor to clean and when he put it back he messed up the timing. First thing I'll do is to get a battery and see if I can get it to pop. The sheet metal is relatively straight. Shouldn't be too hard to pound it out a little. The front grille is missing but that's it. The biggest problem is someone painted it yellow! The tires look new.

I also snagged a Ferguson to go along with it! When I pulled in I saw it sitting in the brush and asked about it. I thought it was another 8n but it's a Ferguson. It was in a garage that burned down and they pulled it out and it's sat there ever since. It's quite rusty and all the rubber is gone, but the sheet metal is actually pretty good (no grille though). I asked him if he'd sell it too and he said I could just have it if I can manage to pull it out of there. He gave me a new set of tires that will fit the rims off the Ferguson that I can then put on the 8n.

Now I have to find a trailer to get it out to our land. If it ran I'd just drive it, but that still wouldn't get the Ferguson home.

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6/28/05
Tuesday, July 12, 2005, 11:20 PM
There's a nice looking unrestored Jubilee parked in town in a parking lot. It's got a loader though the bucket isn't there. No blade, but there's some sort of accessory on the back. I stopped in at the three businesses that are right near there and none of them know who it belongs too. There's also a really cool Jeep pickup truck next to it, so apparently someone is selling them or at least temporarily storing his toys there. The guy I bought my Indy from, Trader Craig, has a show on the radio every morning where he reads free ads for people, so I figured maybe he had an ad for it. I missed the show this morning so I stopped in at his store. He wasn't there but I asked his wife about it and she called him for me. He said something about a '52 8n with a loader and blade. I knew that wasn't this one, but I asked the price. "$1500 and it supposedly needs a little work." Whoa! Forget the Jubilee! I figured that had to be wrong though since every Ford I've heard of around here has been $2300 or more. Anyway, he said to stop in at the radio station and look through his pile of ads, which I did. "1952 Ford 8n with front loader, back blade, and tire chains. Needs minor work. $1500. Call after 5."

So now I'm sitting here trying to get work done while visions of tractors dance in my head, waiting for 5:00 to roll around. The lady at the radio station (who we know) said she thinks the ad has been on for a while, so hopefully I can haggle a little.

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