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C/I Owners and the Story of Stuff

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..... Consider the number of these tractors that are 30 some years old and still running strong, many without fastidious maintenance. Those of us on this and other tractor sites understand the durability of the Case/Ingersoll and that is why we are delighted to acquire a 30-40 year old tractor and bring it back to top condition. Sadly this world has been consumed with the throwaway mentality and many manufacturers have fed this mindset by producing products that are guaranteed to die within a few short years and cannot be repaired. As a result most people looking for a tractor will walk right by a dingy looking Case and buy a shiny new big box store tractor. That's fabulous news for most of us because we can buy a good running Case for as little as $500 and know that with a little TLC it will be virtually as good as a $5000 new Ingersoll.

I stole this from another thread as it was a perfect lead in to a website that someone shared with me a few weeks back

Story of Stuff

Most of you may think that this should go off to the round table - off topic section; however, I placed it here as I find that the mind set of the people I have met (virtually of course) here is very much anti-stuff. In a way you all seem to have been living the anti-stuff lifestyle at least in some way for a while now - and better yet, the C/I product seems to be built against the "stuff" ethos as well.

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I like new stuff and old. Similar to Bart I guess. I've had a boat while living in North Dallas Tx. All the folks i knew had brand new Baja's, Chaparrels, Moomba(sp) etc. with payments. I decided to find a good older boat that might need some cleaning etc. Found a nice older '83 sea ray. Paid a few grand, spent 2 weekends cleaning etc. and had a fine boat that floated and ran around just as good as any other bow-rider. Maybe not as fast a my friends 502 powered baja but I owned mine.:fing32:
I just fixed a '64 LB mower that was ready for scrap, it runs/mows like new now after a few bucks fixing and tinkering.
My'90 VW jetta is at the paint shop right now getting spruced up. Most laugh at me for putting money into such an old car with 218K on the clock, but it's a heck of alot cheaper than a new one, not to mention it's a diesel that get's 46-48mpg. I could go on and on but it'll get boring.
I do think high quality stuff is still available from homes to cars, tractors, lawn mowers etc. Just like years ago there were levels of quality and folks paid accordingly like today. It's not fair to compare a GT to an LT etc. (any year) as we all know. Are some built and were built better than others, of course and it'll always be that way.

Just my thoughts.

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