In Reply to: Question about place to buy parts posted by Jason Claspill on September 06, 2017 at 12:09:21:
When you have to buy parts, buy used original parts, or the better grade new parts. I've dealt with many people on ebay and with various N-Tractor specialty parts suppliers. The only regrets I have is when I just shopped for new parts, looking for the cheapest price. Cheap tractor parts are junk.
Mostly, what a neglected tractor needs is cleaning. Clean the outside of everything. Clean out the air filter assembly. Make all wire terminals and connections clean and shiny. Clean the fuel system and screens. Don't forget to clean both ends of both battery cables. File and set the points. Clean and gap spark plugs. The cleaning process will reveal some things that really do need to be repaired, rebuilt, replaced. Once the tractor is completely clean, maybe go nuts and paint it. Change the oil and filter. Check rubber belts and hoses, replace if necessary. Flush radiator, and replace coolant. Change the combination tractor fluid. Carb might need cleaning or a rebuild. Plug wires might need to be replaced. Get a solar or plug-in battery maintainer to keep the battery at a full charge all the time.
Bruce hit the nail. The first choice should be rebuilding rather than replacing parts. The reason for that is, most of the shiny new replacement parts available today are not as good as the grungy parts already on the tractor. It is way too easy to start working on a badly neglected tractor, and just start replacing everything that looks old. Putting lots of new parts on an old tractor is one of the quickest ways to empty a wallet and get thoroughly frustrated.