Auctions Can Be 'Rare Stuff'

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Redneck Ranch.,P.O. Box 118, Clarcona, Florida 32710-0118

Every second Friday of each month I attend the Ocala, Florida Farm Machinery Auction. There are bargains (and not so bargains) to be found there. And some real rare stuff. Couple of months ago there was a Case VAC tractor with a Wisconsin V4 engine in it, and an ancient Cletrac with a Ford V8 flat head replacement engine. I bought the long (pictured) riding mower (a Sears, I think) without mower deck or engine. The tractor had been cut in two and lengthened to an eight foot wheel base. A rack had been built from steering wheel to front axle to haul potted plants in a plant nursery. The darned thing has three speed high and low range transmission. I fixed it up for fun trips in sandy fields. Perfect toy for a 74-year-old 'kid.'

Eastern Diamondback 'Buzztail'. This 'kid' was sunning itself along an abandoned railroad track last December. It has a really small rattle you can hardly see at the left end of the board. He (or she) measured just over 5 feet, minus head. (This isn't a tractor).

Sears/Roper. As I intend to paint it John Deere green/wheels yellow, I'll paint on name 'Juan Ciervo Long' (Long John Deere).

The riding mower, a Simplicity, I purchased there a year ago with no engine. Two months ago an 8 HP Briggs & Stratton sat in the 'junk row' at Ocala. Some guy bid $25.00, I got it for $30.00. I took it home, put gas in the tank and it started right off! I mounted in on the Simplicity and it makes a great mower.

At the auction there's good new, slightly used, abused and partial farm tractors and allied machinery. Once there were two partial F-12 Farmalls with steel rear wheels, near perfect spade lugs.

At one auction I bought two machines on tanks. As I opened the bid at $15.00 a 'know it all' told me, 'Them ain't compressors.'

I told him, 'I know 'them ain't compressors.' '

The auctioneer didn't get another bid, so I got both vacuum pumps with rusted out tanks for $15.00. They were two cylinder 'surge' pumps for milking machines. I loosened them up and advertised them in the Florida Market Bulletin. I priced one at $40.00 and got it so quick, that I put a $60.00 price on the other. Now that was some kind of profit!

Of course, new coats of blue paint helped the sale somewhat.