A friend of mine died a few years ago and his widow sold me his 1941 Ford 9n tractor and she kept the 1950"s Ferguson tractor. She mentioned a while back that it wouldn't run and I said it sounded like bad gas and since she lives 35 miles away, I did not go down to check on it. Three months later I ask about the tractor at church and she said she needed a new one and could not afford one and that they had not planted a garden. She had checked at the repair place and they wanted $150 to pick it up, 150 to return it, and 100 minimum labor to repair it. Went down and checked it out this week, bad fuel shut off-sediment bowl, replaced for $18 and plowed and disced field and feel bad for not doing it sooner. She has 4 daughters, 3 of them with husbands, dozens of friends from church, adult grand children, neighbors, etc. None of them either knew how to fix it or were willing to try to fix it. 60 years ago in rural Minn such a problem would of been fixed in hours by either my father, uncles, grand fathers, brothers, cousins, or neighbors. We have not only lost the old skills but the habit of helping our neighbors and it is part of the rapid decay I see in our society.