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Where To Find Parts For Cockshutt, Co-Op Tractors
If you’re restoring a Cockshutt or Co-op tractor and need parts, chances are very good that Pennsylvania collector Phil Heisey has exactly what you’re looking for. Heisey and his wife, Noreen, have more than 1,000 parts on hand, nicely categorized in a 12-page single-spaced phone book-style catalog. They can tell you in a quick phone conversation if they have your part, what it costs, and where it’s located. If it’s not in their parts bin, Phil says it’s probably on one of the many collector tractors in their sheds. Most of those don’t run, but they’re still good for parts.
  “My dad ran a dealership that sold Co-op and Cockshutt tractors when I was a kid, so I spent a lot of time in his shop watching the mechanics, often hiding the tools they needed,” Heisey says with a laugh. “My goal in life even as a 10-year-old was to be a Cockshutt dealer. That didn’t materialize because the brand disappeared before I could own a business, so I went in another direction. While other kids were into cars and whatever, I built up a storehouse of knowledge on Cockshutt parts and company history.”
  Heisey worked in sales and marketing for 45 years, but his true enjoyment comes from collecting, restoring, buying and selling anything relating to Cockshutt or Co-op tractors. “My wife and kids and grandkids think I’m crazy, but it’s not just an obsession, it’s a nice business and hobby for my wife and I,” Heisey says. They belong to the Cockshutt collector’s association, travel to vintage tractor events across the country, and personally know many people who restore Cockshutt, Co-op and Black Hawk equipment. They sell parts to people across the country and have even shipped to Ireland, Europe and the U.K.
  Heisey bought his first Cockshutt in 1980 and has been collecting tractors and parts every since. “I started buying new, used and obsolete parts from dealers in the late 80’s and acquired the stock from 30 or 35 operations,” Heisey says. “Some had a big inventory and some only had a few items, but they were all worthwhile.” At one time he had 60 Cockshutt and Co-op tractors that ran, and another 100 or so that were used for parts. These days his parts tractors include Co-op, Cockshutt, Gambles and Black Hawk models.
  “All of my inventory is right here, so I’m not calling around trying to locate something,” Heisey says. “I’ve got engine, pto and steering parts, cosmetic stuff like seat cushions, gauges and steering wheels, plus functional things like wiring harnesses, transmission parts, brakes and seals.” He also has parts and operators manuals for every Cockshutt tractor model ever built during their 1946 to 1978 production years.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Phil’s Cockshutt & Co-op Parts, 641 Store Road, Harleysville, Penn. 19438 (ph 215 256-8651; Philnoreenh@verizon.net).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #6