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Do you think there's any hope for this one?????
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How crispy? Is it your's that you are trying to salvage? Or are you considering it as a purchase? If it got hot enough to change the metalurgy or crack castings, then I'd scrap it. Fire can cause extreme oxidation to the point where the sheet metal will fall apart in your hands. If it just got a little toasted, in that the tires, and wiring are melted, but the metal is solid and intact, it is worth restoring. It is a shame it burned, because from the photos, all the sheet metal looks straight and complete. It was probably a decent looking tractor before the fire.
 

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I was talking to guy about a bolens 800 he got for free at a wrecking yard. It sat outside uncovered for 10-12years. Looked almost as bad as that cub. He restored the whole thing, reusing many of the original parts when possible. The 800 was only made in 1963 and while it shares some parts with other tubeframes some are 800 only. With talent,tools, and imagination anything is possible. Is that yours?
 

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This was a fully restored parade tractor before the fire. I bought it for parts. There is a complete manual lift system, good drawbar and plow depth adjustment lever which will cover my investment. I also hope to salvage the transmisison gears for one of my other cubs. The grill, though not original, is in perfect condition. Just clean up and paint. Don't know yet what, if anything I can salvage out of the engine.
 

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I would think as long as the oil in the motor and transmission dindt burn it should be in good shape.
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Originally posted by jodyand
I would think as long as the oil in the motor and transmission dindt burn it should be in good shape.
Jody
I would be inclined to second what Jody suggested. I wouldn't pay much more than scrap metal value for it but you can clean it back up, rewire it, and replace the rubber & electronics. Might turn out OK.
 

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I was always told that you can't get paint to stick if the metal got to hot. I'm sure if it didn't boil the oil out it probably ruined the seals. I've never repainted any tractors so I'm not sure about the paint sticking..
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You can sand blast it, primer it, and then paint. It should still really well then. Replacing all the seals and whatnot is going to be a PITA. Very labor intensive project, hence my suggestion not to pay more than scrap metal value. If worst comes to worst, you can always sell it for scrap. :tractorsm
 
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