I actually sought out an older, cheaper tractor to clear my land each year and found that most of them were being gobbled up by collectors and now demanding high prices.
I found this 1977 Ford 1000 that ran beautifully but was also driven hard and put away wet. I thought it would be perfect for my needs.
Alas, I couldn’t leave it alone and even while I diddled with it I never had it down for more than a week or so and even used it without its tin work complete. I found it had been rolled at least once as well.
I found also it was manufactured by Shubaura in Japan for Ford and everything was metric… but I could find all the parts I needed online or at Tractor Supply Company. All in with the box scraper, paint, decals, seat, glow plugs, etc. etc, I have around $4K into the entire build.
Its good enough for the work that needs to be done and also to show off in local parades!
Side Note… I just found out that New Holland tractors and equipment, which replaced the Ford brand, are now almost entirely built overseas!
Lots of fun for little money and everyone wants to take them for a spin!