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May 26, 1999
Well, about 8 years later he called me back for another repaint. Both Phil and the Simplicity are older, but no worse for wear. I again inquire if it is for sale. The answer was again the same. I decided to push the tractor under a high porch to get it out of the weather. After completing my paint job away I went again for another 5 years. This time the roof needed painting and steps replaced on the porches. Phil was debating moving and told me to load up the Simplicity and take it for FREE! In an old outbuilding he had cultivators, a snowplow for the hydraulic lift, a potato plow, a bar shear plow, and a weird box to haul things which fits on the lift / hitch. It also had a chipper which fit on the front PTO but it had set out in the rain and basically fell apart as i tried to move it.
Once I got the old tractor home I rebuild the carb, as gas would run right through it. With a new battery, it fired right up. New bearings in the deck were necessary but it was soon mowing several acres per week. This spring I decided to bore the engine and rebuild. Fresh paint and "O" rings in the hydraulic pump completed my job along with a few other minor parts. Phillip is now in a retirement home and I'm sending him a photo of his old beauty!
Only two comments, Joe:
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