Thanks guys, will post an update soon. Did some little odds and ends over the weekend and now waiting on a few parts. Will make a more comprehensive update when those come in.
Looks like a great candidate for the job, Austen, subscribed!
That floor tile will have to go, solid oak flooring maybe?
Thanks Mike, and to answer your earlier question about fitting two tractors, I'm not sure, I think two would be a little tight. One tractor with the attachments stored up front (or a motorcycle included
) is what I'm after. The back flooring has rubber mats, for some reason they're grey. I already removed the old carpet up in the front area. The flooring was replaced in the early 2000s when it was reconditioned. If I do find that it would fit two tractors, I would likely want to beef up the flooring in the front portion.
Nice grab, Austen. That will serve you well. Looks beefy, and I like the look. Congrats!
Nice Austen! Now to get some horses as well...…. LOL
What interior mods are you thinking for the space required for FEL tractor? Cutting all of it out?
Yeah, it has an existing wall / door / hay storage area that I'm going to take out so that it's fully open. Other than that, not looking to get too fancy with it.
Hey Austen, do this restore the right way and maybe you'll be able to pick up some extra cash when you're not hauling bikes or tractors.
I didn't realize all the re-purposes people have done with old horse trailers.
Interesting thought. Will the main weight of the tractor be over the wheels. Will you make a workbench in the front (high enough to get the loader under)? Where will you put your toolbox and parts storage. What about the generator for the fridge? And you will definitely need lights so you can do repairs after dark. Sorry, I got a little carried away. 😁
I considered one for the height so I could haul my tractor with cab for snow removal. Alas, I decided not to haul my GT except to pick up leaves and spread fertilizer (not the horse or cow kind).
Yes, the main weight of the tractor will be placed in the back and any attachments would be stowed up front.
Ha ha, it sounds like you've got the ideas of turning it into quite the toy hauler! Perhaps someday but for now it's going to be pretty basic and open. It does have a couple lights and some hooks which will be nice for hanging my riding gear.
One of the bosses I had was a woman,who owned a auto parts store,and she bought a large farm & property in upstate NY to have for a retirement home & property..
Her husband would go up there every weekend and do work on the house & outbuildings..
He was a "tractor nut" like many of us here are,and during his many trips up there and back,he came across many for sale on front lawns..he started buying them,it got to the point he was hauling several home every month,and he used a flatbed car trailer to haul them..
He got pulled over several times by local cops,who wanted to see a bill of sale or other proof of purchase for the items on the trailer--they suspected they were stolen!..
Most of them he just bought with cash and shook hands,didn't get any paperwork--so he had to start asking for a bill of sale..
He thought if he had an enclosed trailer,none of this would have happened--out of sight--out of mind..but like you found out,they sell for a premium price even in well used condition,and aren't exactly ruggedly built..
Then a friend of his told him "Why not get a horse trailer ?--I know where a few good ones are for sale"...
He ended up buying one,and fixed it up so he'd have no problems on the long rides ,new wheel bearings,tires,etc..he would leave it up at the farm until he'd filled it with whatever he bought,then haul it back here..and he even put a fake horse tail on the back,to make it look "occupied"...he said he never got pulled over or questioned again..even though a horse is probably worth a lot more than the tractors he collected!..
My old boss finally retired--I don't know if she ever did move to NY or not..if they did,they had a lot of tractors and other things to haul back up there..they waited 20 years since I had quit that job to finally retire and they sold the store to a NAPA franchise..
Ha ha, I could definitely see a horse trailer not getting as much attention like that.
I have a spare 110 ac/heat exchanger unit salvaged from a scale trailer which would be perfect for when you add fold down bunks.
I would keep it white, just add a splash of Dodge blue somewhere beside just the rims. It needs a stripe!
Love the baby moon caps, they’ll buff right out.
Gonna lose the center support post?
Thanks, Scott, yeah a fold down bunk would be pretty cool for a camping trip.
Yup, no plans to repaint it.
Yeah, the center support will go. It was used to attach the center divider that I already removed.