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And this goes back to mid to late April of this year. My stepdad and I were going to Home Depot together one day but I forget what for, and literally 5 houses up from ours there was this red what looked to be tractor out of the corner of my eye just sitting at the curb, so I told my stepdad "turn around I thought I saw a tractor". We turned around and sure enough there was a red tractor sitting at the curb. We pulled over to look at it and I was debating about using it as puller but then stupid me said "nah I'll pass on it it's too new to pull with and I don't know how good of a puller these things are and I don't have room for it". Then the owner comes outside and says "it's free", and my stepdad immediately says to me "let's go get the truck and get it before someone else does" so we did. We went and got his truck and the owner came back out when we came back and was even nice enough to pump up all the tires for us to make it easier to get in the truck as they were flat, and he also gave us a little history on it too. He said he got it from his daughter a couple years ago and it was sitting in her shed for about 10-15 years, her now ex was supposed to get it in a divorce but he never got it so he got it and was gonna fix it. We loaded it up in the truck and the guy says "I bought some parts for it too to fix it but I got too many projects and I will never get around to it, they're under the hood". We got it home and sure enough there were the parts, a new ignition coil and something else but I forget what it was.

When we originally got it we were thinking about just getting it running and flipping it but then we decided to make a "hotrod" and a mud mower type of tractor out of it. 2 weeks went by after we got it and my stepdad got it running, took the deck off, and switched the old turf tires to the now ag tires because the old ones were cracked and kept going flat. We drove it around our yard 6 times then the drive belt breaks, so then we got a new one and put it on JUST in time for the 2022 Zagray Farm spring show. Then we officially debuted it and drove it around at the 2022 Zagray Farm spring show. Future plans for the tractor include an exhaust stack and a front push bar of some sort.

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I will get a picture of the deck soon too and post it here, I don't have one at the moment because I wasn't planning on documenting this like I am. The documenting thing was a last minute decision on my part.....
 

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Hi folks,

Not an update but I just wanted to post a couple pictures of the engine on the tractor. It is a vertical 12 hp Tecumseh XL, the number is OVXL120202066ESER20340 for anyone who needs it for reference......


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Here are a few pictures of the deck that came off the tractor. It's not bad at all by any means although there is a little surface rust on it......

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This is all for the ol Murray, (until we do more to it IF we do more to it.) Thanks for looking and for following, it is much appreciated.......
 

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Oh I forgot to add this little plastic piece that came off the front nose. My stepdad took it off because we both think the tractor looks a lot better and meaner without it. It now is in my stepdads shed. NOW this is all for the ol Murray, thanks for looking and for following. It is much appreciated.......

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