1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Booming Parts BusinessThree Indiana innovators, operating out of a remodeled barn, are doing a booming business selling tractor engine overhaul kits to farmers and independent mechanics.
The business, started by Bill Howard and called Howard Enterprises, was literally born in a barn, says Tim McCoy who, with partners Bill Howard and Carl Howard, Bill's father, specializes in tractor overhaul kits made up of major brand pistons, bearings, rings and gaskets. "We buy in bulk which, coupled with our low overhead out here in the country, lets us sell parts for 10 to 20% less than going rates. We've also developed a reputation for being able to supply hard-to-find parts for older tractors. If we don't have a particular part, we can usually get it in a day or two," says McCoy.
He and assistant manager Bruce Canor are both excellent mechanics and, in many cases, they're able to offer farmer-customers tips on overhauling a particular make and model tractor. They offer the same general warranty coverage on parts that implement dealerships offer.
Here's a sampling of their costs for "in-frame" tractor overhaul kits made up of pistons, rings, bearings, gaskets:
Deere: 4020, 4010, 4000 - $845; 5020, 6030 - $1,195; 8630, 8640, 8450, 8650 - $1,575.
International: 806, 1206 - $1,075; 4366, 4386, 3588, 3788 - $745; Farmall H - $350; 856, 1026, 1256, 1456 - $1,050.
Ford: 8N and 9N - $224; 9000, 9600, 9700, - $975; 800, 900, 4000, 4100 - $325.
Howard Enterprises also offers automotive engine overhaul kits for cars, trucks.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Howard Enterprises, Winchester, Ind. 47394 (ph 1-800 342-2545).
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