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Case 130 / Case 155 / Colt 150

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I found a group of older tractor for sale a while ago and found that they are still for sale. I had been thinking about it but with winter coming I wouldn't mind starting on a project tractor that needs so work fixing up and painting. The tractors that I found are Case 130 and 155 and a Colt 150. In my opinion they are all nice looking tractors and would be worth restoring but wanted to see what the group though. Are any of these more restore worthy then the rest? They actually all run and seem to all be in decent shape, must have been kept indoors. How much would a restored one be worth? Not that I'd be looking at selling it but wanted to see if I'd be getting in over my head. The reason I ask is I'd really only have room (not really but I can make room) to get one of them if I decide to. I don't think they have any attachments.
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Well the Colt would be worth the most restored. The Case 130 very close. The 155 is the one you'll find the most parts for the easiest and is worth less than the others depending on condition of course. This would be the one to get for an easier restoraton project. It's all up to you. :fing32:
If it were me and I had to choose just 1, I'd buy the Colt.
Keep us posted. :thThumbsU
Well I'm a little confused as I don't believe Colt made a 150, but Case did.

The Case 130 was made in 1965, the Case 150 was made in 1966, the Case 155 was made 1967 and 1968, of those I would prefer the 130 myself.
There's no such animal as a "Colt 150" but there is a Case 150 which is the fraternal twin of a Colt 2310.

The 130/150/155 Case tractors will be painted Desert Sunset on all of the tin parts but the frames, axles and wheels will be Flambeau Red. So, if you saw these tractors and they were painted with the same scheme, then none of them are Colts.

Preference is a personal thing. Ask CM2 and he'll tell you that he loves Desert/Red tractors far more than he does Power Red/Power White models. The 130/180 Case tractors are the only two that came with the "round top" fenders and some people love those models for that reason. I'm with Frank regarding the 130 as being the pick of the litter because of the round fenders which makes it different than the 150/155's but also because it is the first year that Case offered a garden tractor for sale and the production numbers are the lowest for that model.

As I just got finished telling the chap who has the 2712 Colt, do not go into this restoration in the belief you will make money. YOU CAN'T. More than likely, you will lose money. So if you don't have money kicking around that you are prepared to lose, then don't buy any of those tractors. Instead, keep your money under your mattress and when no one else is around, bring it out ...stare at it, caress it and then put it back under your mattress.

However, if preserving a piece of history excites you...... if getting your hands dirty and losing a bit of blood while taking apart something old and making it look brand new again turns you on, then buy one or all of these tractors and have at it. At the end of the process, you will be able to display to others what your time and talents have produced. That's where the profit is found in GT collecting. Fellow enthusiasts will appreciate what you did but no one will be impressed by the money under your mattress.

The question at hand is how much it will cost you to buy all three tractors from this person. If you could get all three for $450.00, then that would be a very good price for tractors that are running, in decent shape and not missing any parts. From a collector perspective, attachments such as mower decks and front blades have no value. We show the tractor itself mostly unless the attachment is unusual and rare. The bulk of these tractors were sold to cut grass and push snow so that's one of the reasons collectors don't care about attachments and they are unwilling to pay anything extra to get those attachments.

It's so much easier to store, load, unload and show a tractor that has no attachments on it and often less painful physically as well. The man who owns those tractors will be more prone to selling all three to one person for a cheaper price than selling them one by one. You might as well understand right now that few people are content with owning just ONE of these tractors. Yes, it starts out that way but then after the first one is done, you will have an urge to own a second one and it just blossoms from there. Buying all three right now will not only save you some money but it will also save you a lot of unnecessary anxiety that could be channeled into restoration work.
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Just as a point of reference, Akron OH C/L has a 150 & 155 , both "look" decent and are claimed to run very well $550 for the pair.
castoff;1363146 As I just got finished telling the chap who has the 2712 Colt said:
I really like what castoff has been saying here, along with what he said to the guy with the Colt 2712. I express the same thoughts and mind set when it comes to these gems. Their life of being beaten on and abused should be over and now they need to be preserved for future generations to enjoy at there local tractor shows. :fing32:
Like I tell my son. "See son, this is back when they made REAL Garden Tractors."
A Proper Restoration will generally cost more than buying one that is already nice, but what's the fun in that? lol haha!
I have way more invested in my 1984 446 than what I'll ever get for it selling it finished, but if it serves me for another 30+ yrs. then it's more than worth it. :fing32:
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