Does this tractor run as good as it looks? If I remember correctly, 1952 was the last year for the Model B, when it was upgraded to the 50. If you post the serial number, I can check tonight to tell you for sure the year it was built.
It looks nice and straight. I love to see these old tractors look just like they did the day they were born.
If you plan on driving in parades and such, you might feel better about a full restoration with sparkly new paint job, but IMHO it's not a necessity. Too many folks nowadays want a museum piece and are afraid to actually take the tractor out and use as designed, since the paint job cost so much $$$ and time. I love looking at old farm equipment, but using it is so much more fun.
For me, a shiny paint job is nice, but it won't make a tractor run any better. The decision will probably come down to what your plans are for using it.
Good looking B. Love to see the old tractors. Looks like that one has been taken care of by someone. I have mixed emotions about restoring the older tractors. I have a restored LA but hesitate to use it for fear of scratching it. I'm seeing more and more of the old tractors in parades and tractor shows in their original condition. Nothing wrong with restoring it if you have the time and money but nothing wrong with leaving it as you've found it either.
Thanks for the picture.
My vote is to leave it as it is. That tractor has earned every scratch and dent. I would repair the things for my comfort (seat) and use it. The older I get the more I respect how things got to the way they are and the story that tells. If you paint it you remove the story.