Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Days Work

It is 8:02 PM here . I just loaded a JD 3020 on the rollback truck so I can pull the front end off of the tractor tomorrow. I started out here at 8:00 AM this morning so now I have my 12 in for today. I will try to get pictures of the tractor tomorrow before I pull the axle . I have the front axle assemble sold and will deliver it to my customer and pick up another JD 1020 I bought and kill two birds with one rock!
I talked Steve , A long time friend of mine, today while he was unloading a load of corn out of a trailer into a storage bin while asking his buddy what kind of tractor he had so I could get the right parts to fix it. Reminds me of farming here 35 years ago!! Always in a hurry and never enough time to get everything done!

Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts, Always something to do!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tractor Pulling 08-21-09

Saturday, I went to Liberty Ga. to pull with Ray Foster's group and I had a pretty good day. I got 2 second place finishes. The track was hard and a lot of us had a problem getting traction. There were probably 60 to 70 tractors there and most of them were the Hot farm class rather than antique. The crowd likes the tractors and trucks that go fast and make a lot of noise.
As I was coming home I was treated to a pretty good lightening storm for about 65 miles before I caught up with the rain in Camden. Then it was 30 to 40 miles per hour all the way home. The mileage one way is 155 miles and about 3 hours to drive it in the big truck. The next pull will be in Lexington SC on Sept 12,09 .

Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts, See you at the tractor pull!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

JD 1020 Fuel Tank

Last night I worked on a JD 1020 fuel tank that leaks fuel out of the bottom of the tank. The tank had rusted out from collecting water in the tank. The water collects in the bottom of the tank and starts to rust the steel tank. My customer had taken this tank to a welder to have the tank welded up but the more he welded the more holes he created in the tank. I have been fiberglassing fuel tanks for 29 years and have probably done 200 or more. Some of the tanks had holes in them as big as my fist and the fiberglass sealed them up . The first picture is where I have cleaned the parts of the tank I am going to fiberglass and the other 2 pictures are where I have put the fiberglass on the tank and am waiting for it to cure. The 2nd picture shows the hole in the bottom of the tank where the fuel comes out and goes to the transfer pump. This tank costs about $1100 at John Deere. I have fiberglassed diesel fuel tanks, gas tanks, plastic spray tanks and plastic fuel tanks. I fiberglassed the inside of a AC WD fuel tank that had more holes in it than I could count because it was the original fuel tank for the tractor and the customer was restoring the tractor. I also have a couple of JD dealers who send me tanks and customers when a tank has gone obselete and cannot be found used.

Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts,Fuel costs to much to leak it on the ground!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Things you see on the road!

Last Friday, I went to Aiken SC to pick up a Ford 9N tractor I had bought about 6 months ago. It was setting at my customers shop so I did not have to get in a hurry for it. While I was there I bought a Ford 861 Diesel with a bad motor. The 2 tractors loaded my truck bed. I left the shop and worked my out to the interstate and headed home. This was about 10:30 in the morning. I was on I20 headed east and I pass a guy on the side of the road, running, not jogging but running. I was about 300 yards past an overpass that did not have access to the interstate. This is in the country, no houses on either side off the road. Nothing but woods and he is running wide open, no shirt on, about 6 inches of drawers showing above his pants. I did not know someone could run that fast with his pants slid halfway down his butt. As I came up level with him I could see he was smoking a big cigar and it would puff blueish smoke as he breathed out and in his right hand was his shirt balled up like he did not want to get it sweaty. I did not see any cars pulled over on the side of the road before or after I passed him.
Just a guy running on the Interstate.

Eric Benton Southeast Tractor Parts,Running around for Used parts!!

Monday, August 3, 2009


Today, I had a customer in looking for parts to fix his tractor. I asked him What kind of tractor is it. He said it was a big tired tractor just like the one I have out front. The one out front is an IH 300. He described the problem he had and the parts he needed and I thought to myself "It must be something else!" I asked him again what model tractor did he have and he said it might be a IH or could be a AC . I told him that what he was describing did not sound like either tractor. He finally calls his buddy and determines that is a MF tractor. I still do not know what size it is. I should have the parts to fix his leak on the shelf. He just has to split the tractor to find out where the leak is coming from. He really thought that since I had a big tired tractor and he had a big tired tractor that they had to be the same tractor!

Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts, And you wonder why I am confused sometimes!