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Read and enjoy Martin Hruby's story of finding and restoring Alaskan tractors...

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About 3 years ago I came upon a 725 Simplicity in good shape, being an ole Nebraska farm boy this started tractor fever, fired by my brother Dave.  Soon I developed the habit of rubber-necking yards on trips to anywhere looking for something to hook behind this tractor I now have. Going to Fairbanks, 200 miles, for reason no longer remembered, I spotted a yellow hood in the willow bushes -- I lock 'em up, a friendly ole Alaskan came to the door, after some talking he took me to look at a B-112 -- "needs rewiring, ran 4 years ago, 2 mower decks, almost 2 snow blowers, one blade and some parts of a B-10, 200 bucks."  So, I filled the back of my 75 Dodge half ton, took it home and it sat until mid winter when the snow got too deep to blade with my 725.  I drug out the most complete looking blower, figured out how to mount it my 725, and what a kick!  I'm hooked!

I redid the B-112 that spring, and not knowing what I had, I stripped it to bare metal, 3 coats of primer and 9 cans JD construction yellow  --  it looks sharp.  I tore the B112 all the way down to 3 bolts I couldn't break loose.  The wiring problem it was supposed to have turned into a shot bevel gear box, after I got it running.  I don't think he drove it where it was even before the willow bushes grew to 2 inches in diameter in front of it.  I decided while I waited for parts that I may as well paint it up, didn't plan to go far as I did, but one piece off lead to another.  Had I been into this great site of yours then I most likely would have done a few things different --  like not use old tint JD construction yellow --  though it don't look bad, I feel a bit guilty now.

Hey I might learn something 'bout this computer stuff, your site as sparked my interest into the 21st century. Thanks a lot,  Kent. 

Martin Hruby


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725 which started it all

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Coming home

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Pieces, parts & puzzles

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B-112, before

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Tear down

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Tear down, con't

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Cleaning parts

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Together again

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Another view

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