Re: Case 444 For Sale
I don't dispute that what he has is a very straight tractor for sale. It looks complete and untouched by past owners. If someone is looking for a project to restore, this would be a nice one because it wouldn't take all that much work to make it look like new.
If someone is looking for a tractor to blow snow, cut grass or do other tasks, then this would be an excellent choice and well worth the money and effort to rebuild the engine. The issue here is current value. No matter what purpose someone has in mind for this machine, the engine needs to be rebuilt. I have seen owners spend the money to either rebuild the existing engine, install a new replacement engine or repower the tractor with a brand new engine of a different type and then expect to get all their money back out when they put the tractor up for sale shortly after doing this.
It does not happen that way. Most of the time, an owner would be super lucky to just come close to breaking even on what he spent for the engine and get zero for the actual tractor. With 2 1/4 days to go, the bidding is stopped at $305.00 and that doesn't even meet the Seller's reserve. The tractor has had almost 5 days of exposure but has drawn 4 bids from 3 potential buyers.
Sure, there may be a couple last second bids but my guess is that those won't exceed the reserve and the tractor will go unsold. Then what? He now owes e-Bay the listing fees and has to decide whether to do this all over again. People are not stupid. Shipping costs big money and even if you go and retrieve the tractor yourself, that still costs dough. The newest photos have done nothing to change my opinion on what that tractor is worth but others are certainly entitled to disagree.