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First, I will post pictures, but it will have to wait until spring since I don't own a digital camera, and the tractor in this story is in the back corner of my garage. :) About 3 years ago at a family gathering my cousin and myself got to talking about garden tractors. At the time he mentioned that he had an old Allis Chalmers sitting in his back shed, which he did not know what he wanted to do with it. Of course I could'nt pass up this opportunity, and suggested that if he ever made the decision to get rid of it, he should give me a call. Time warp...summer of 2005, my cousin gives me a call, and asks if I remember the conversation we had had. Of course I thought everyone including myself had forgotten about it, and so he refreshed my memory. What he had was an AC716H with tiller, mower, and snowblower. The engine had been rebuilt recently, and the bevel gearbox was also redone. Of course I had to check it out. He also told me that the tractor was ' in need of some TLC'. Went to look, and what I found was a very usable tractor. Engine runs strong. Bevel gearbox is nice and "tight" and the hydrostatic worked well. The tiller had new bearings put into it, and was in very good shape for the year. The snowblower spun freely. The mower deck on the other hand was good for parts...but not a big loss as I had other plans. Some of the 'TLC' issues include..replaceing the Yellow JD seat that is on the tractor. and finding the side mount headlights that were missing. and fixing the front mount PTO clutch for the snowblower (need the clutch plate) Of course, I bought the tractor, took it home. I then took the 42" mower deck off of my Allis 610, used parts from the "parts deck" from the 716 I just bought, and made the 42" deck fit my newest aquisition. My son and myself made short (and fun) work of the yardwork last summer. :)

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While you wait for a digital camera, maybe you could use a old film camera. Some film developers will put your film pictures on a CD-ROM for you. Then you copy the pictures to your computer and upload what you want. Of course, it takes longer to get your pictures this way. I've never asked, but maybe the same thing could be done with one of those single-use film cameras. David

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