Monday, November 7, 2011

The International 400

This week we started the final stages in restoring our old International 400. This tractor was the first one my Grandpa had ever bought. It was also the first purchase he made without his Dad watching. Now after it not running for over 15 years we decided to get it going again. Grandpa and Dad pulled it out of the weeds and moved it beside the shop. Then it sat and was worked on a bit for 2 weeks. Then we got it going. While I was at school Grandpa put the carburetor back together and got it back in place. When I got home he came and got me. My job was to run the key and choke to get it going while he primed it. On our second try it come to life. It coughed a bit then was running perfectly then we shut it off. Now that it was running we put in antifreeze and hydraulic oil. With everything running we tried to drive it, well it worked well and we drove it across the yard. Now it is once again sitting in front of the shop. The next job is to take the bucket off and then paint it a nice red. 

This is the final look of what our tractor will look like.

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