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So yesterday, I went up to our farm to work on my 210, when I spotted something new sitting down by our shed...A 214, just sitting there all neat with the side panels laying against the front. I asked my brother about it and he didn't know. We looked it over, it doesn't turn over at all, and there was a jumper cable laying on it, probably to start it. It's a bit low on oil, but it's still in the safe lines. We asked my pap but he insists he doesn't know, but I think he was probably talking to one of his friends and they asked him what to do with it, and the response was most likely: "I got 2 boys who that kind of stuff."

But hey, free is free.

It's in really great condition, appears to be garage kept, and low hour. It's so nice, in fact, that the steering wheel still has texturing on it, and the headlight is still clear and not yellow. We don't know what to do with it, but we'll see...
 

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If in reality nobody actually knows how it got there the real owner could come to collect it after you get it running. At that point you would have to hand it over and all your work and any money spent would be gone.

If it were me I would let it sit where it is until I knew for a fact who it belongs to and why it's there.... Free is good, unless it's not free.
 

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pull it into the barn and let it sit for a year. if nobody claims it fix it. or fix it and hide/use it. then a year later use it full time. :tango_face_devil:
 

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If in reality nobody actually knows how it got there the real owner could come to collect it after you get it running.
How would he prove it was his, if nobody saw him abandon it there? Doubtful anybody with one of those still has the sales receipt.

Quite a find. Are you sure it isn't a long-lost illegitimate offspring of the big JD in the background? :dunno::dunno::biglaugh:
 

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Well, I got some more info on it. The tractor was dropped off by one of my pap's buddies who decided to trade it in for a newer tractor. So that means it's ours. My pap said the guy drove it off the trailer and then left.
We managed to get it to start without the provided jumper wire, as it turns out, the neutral switch was bad, and it has a clogged idle jet in the carb, so it literally doesn't idle. We drove it up the shed where we keep the other monsters and began tearing into it to diagnose its issues.
The variator doesn't work except for the farthest back 3 clicks or so. The belt just loses all tension after that. The tension spring in the variator and the clutch are both stretched out, and so are the belts. The variator needed adjusted anyway. So now it's pretty much undriveable unless you do the work of the tensioner spring manually.
The two things I'm worried about is that it smokes. It drips oil out the breather and smokes on startup, and the RH hub has become worn and razor sharp, which caused it to absolutely obliterate the bearing and seal.
The front motor mounts bolts were hand tight. We gave em some ugga duggas and the motor lifted like, a whole inch!:tango_face_grin:

We're slowly getting it fixed, though.
 

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Well, I got some more info on it. The tractor was dropped off by one of my pap's buddies who decided to trade it in for a newer tractor. So that means it's ours.
Call me confuzed, but if he "traded it in" doesn't that mean the dealer should have it? Or is your pap the dealer???

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Call me confuzed, but if he "traded it in" doesn't that mean the dealer should have it? Or is your pap the dealer???

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Meant to say he REPLACED it.
 

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Someone has to look out for the post peak, unloved but still has some work left in em machines. And you have to give the guy some credit for finding it a good home instead of getting it kind of running and selling it to someone who didnt know any better.
 

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And you have to give the guy some credit for finding it a good home instead of getting it kind of running and selling it to someone who didnt know any better.
Or just scrapping it like most people around here do.
 
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