Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude

Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude
Where Great Intelligence Goes To Be Insulted

Monday, 4 October 2021


 I have seen these everywhere - all restored to pristine condition. The yuppies and wealthy hipsters pay top dollar for them and then either restore them themselves… or more usually pay top dollar for someone else to do it. A friend years ago said that Ford still sells parts for them.

By contrast, King Peter’s Kubota has been nothing but trouble. They’re having hydraulic problems and to get at it, they have to take it in to the shop and the techs literally have to split the tractor in the middle to get at the issue. 

The Kubota is more impressive to look at… but sometimes the fastest way home is not the best way.

9 comments:

  1. I wonder how many acres I plowed with one of those. When I was 12, my grandfather decided I needed to learn to drive, and his old Ford tractor was the tool he used. I guess it made more sense to him for me to learn to drive while plowing fields than to drive the truck to the barn with feed or hauling hay. Or just maybe it had something to do with that shade tree, the cool water, and that sack of fried peach pies grandma sent to the field with us that morning. Funny how a picture you see in the late autumn of your life can bring forth a memory from the spring of that same life.

    Thanks, Glen

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  2. I'll stick with my Hoyt Clagwell.....

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  3. the blade is in the back. that just ruins it for me.

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    1. Sit on the fuel tank and drive it in reverse.

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  4. Great oytube channel by a guy restoring one of these out of Ontario. He’s kinda humorous as well. Billstmaxx.

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  5. Mine's a 1952. Not nearly as pretty as that one. It leaks oil and hydraulic fluid badly but still gets the job done, just barely.
    Pics here.
    https://isserfiq.blogspot.com/2020/11/moving-rocks.html

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  6. We have a '54 NAA bought for about $2,500 seven years ago. Implements are everywhere in NC. It's paid for itself several times over.

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  7. Inherited mine from my grandmother. ‘49, bought used in ‘52. It doesn’t look that good, but it works just fine. I rebuilt the carburetor and the distributor and it runs like a striped ape.

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  8. One thing handy about the 8N is that they have sleeved cylinders so you can just keep fixing them yourself forever. Now the single stage clutch and no live PTO limit them somewhat, but you will probably still see 8N's puttering around long after all these rolling computers are dead.
    HazeGray

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