The first time I saw this 3020 Hi-crop tractor I told my friend that was with me at the time whoever buys this tractor is crazy!! It was in terrible shape it had been rolled over, the front end was broken and had been welded up, the electrical wires were all burnt up, tin work was all dents and weld’s, didn’t run, and so on. But it had the serial tag! After about 6 months of thinking about the tractor I decided to send the number in to be researched. It came back as a true Hi-crop power shift transmission, built March 20,1968 shipped to Salinas, California.
Now I’m the crazy guy that bought the tractor!! Wow what a restoration project that was, finding Hi-crop parts was a challenge. Mechanic work was done by Jeremy’s Shop planada, California, New parts were purchased from Steiner tractor parts inc. and others from Tractoropolis Fresno, California.
After three and a half years it was ready for paint and decals. What a difference from the day I purchased it. Now this 3020 gets used on long tractor rides, and tractor shows. When I look back now and see what I’ve learned along the restoration process and how much I enjoy it, maybe I’m not that crazy!
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