Restoring a Tractor

In our last post we talked about painting your newly restored tractor. Before you can paint it though you have to put in the work of restorig it. Today’s tractors aren’t the same as they used to be. With a ton of electronic assistants many would rather buy an old worn out tractor and restore it to its original condition. However, in order to restore the original nostalgia you’ll run into some challenges along the way.

tractor-restorationFinding Vehicle & Parts

The first thing you need obviously is the tractor to restore. Some of you might already have an old tractor in the back of your barn that hasn’t been touched in decades, or some of you might have already sold your old tractor or your current one is too rusted to restore. You should start by looking at your local craigslist or tractor house listings to see if you can find a restorable tractor near you. But, if you need to find the specific tractor that your dad sold way back in the day, you’re in for a long journey that might be impossible to relocate depending on how much it has been sold and swapped. After you have a tractor to restore, you then need to assess the condition of your tractor. Here are some common questions to ask yourself…

  1. How much rust is on the tractor, and how bad is the rust on the tractor?
  2. How hard are the parts to find on the tractor, and how expensive are the parts?
  3. How exact do you need your restoration to be?
  4. What parts can you repair, what parts do you need to replace?
  5. What is your budget?

Once you have answered these questions you can go about scouring for parts across the internet and farms. Depending on how rare your tractor is, this might be easy or hard. You may need to buy another tractor just to get the correct bolt or engine part to be the right fit depening on the machine period. Another way to find the right parts are by matching serial numbers. Obviously the internet is a great help as there are various forms for all makes of tractors.

restored-tractorFinding Money and Time

This could be the hardest of them all, if you are unable to find money or time your tractor will stay in your garage just like it always has. So make a plan of what you need to do, and when you can do it. Assuming you are working a 9-5 job you will have limited time on the weekdays to complete your project. So, unless you are committed to doing the whole process yourself you might want to go by a local mechanics shop and see what work they can do. They have all the tools and machines necessary so if you don’t have the knowledge or time to work on some part of the tractor, don’t worry! Finally, make sure that you have a budget to plan out all foreseeable expenses to make sure you don’t leave your beautiful restoration unfinished or have to take out a loan.