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Re: Looking for Ford 100# suitcase weights...

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03-19-2013 13:42:27

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Is that picture from the literature? Those tractors look great with duals and believe me, they have a ton of power to pull just about anything you can put behind them. It will run out of traction long before it runs out of hp.
I just got a brand new pair of unverferth snap on duals. I'm looking around now for some used rubber to wrap them with. Unverferth only sent me one J-bolt with the kit. Once I get some good used tires and the J-bolts. I am in business.

There are a few things that the paint shop did that I am not happy with. If you look closely, you can see that the decal is not 100% correct in the front. One of the reasons I bought the tractor was the overall quality of the paint job, as I looked at many tractors before buying this one. Most repaints are done extremely poor. The shop that did this tractor doesn't normally do tractors, they only do cars. They charged almost $5000 for the paint job and the money was in the prep work. The original paint on the tractor was in decent shape. It wasn't a rust bucket. When they repainted it, they feathered out all paint chips or other defects even in the casting, under the cab, between the cab and transmission, and on the engine. They removed wiring harnesses, sheet metal, cab roof, front and rear rims and tires, and lots of other detail pieces. However, the hood decals they used were obviously cheap ones you can buy online. They also didn't replace the dual power decals that go on the grill side panels. They also painted the rear rims gloss gray, instead of galvanized. I have seen pictures from literature where the rims look painted gloss gray, but, me personally, in all the years I've been around ford tractors, have never seen that in person. They did replace all the rear power adjust rim lock bolts and nuts. The other thing I suspect is that they used tractor supply Valspar paint. While it is not a bad paint, and they used an acrylic enamel hardener, it is not a 100% match to the New Holland paint.
The good news is, everything they did that is not 100% correct, is completely reversible by me. I was a professional bodyman for about 15 years. I can fix all those little things, and I'll live with the color discrepancy as usually, I am the only one who notices the difference. I have a special tool, that uses a round rubber disk, similar to those old gummy erasers they used to give you in school. I can remove the decals and apply the correct ones when I get time without hurting the paint at all.
I'm proud of the tractor, but I am not putting it in a museum just yet. I plan on plowing about 70 acres of sod with it for corn this year with a White 598 variable width plow. I also plan on painting the plow blue and putting the Ford 154 decals on it :lol: I am, however very annoyed by the same things you noticed, and do plan on fixing it. My dad bought the 7200 brand new and it had to sit outside from 1984 until last year. I am not going to let that happen to this 9700. Ever try to find a factory steering wheel for a 7200? Or how about the original warning decals, and control decals? It's impossible. So, that tractor will never look as good as it did when it was new. Let's just hope this 9700 has a better life!
Do you have other pictures of the tractor from literature? I love seeing those pictures.

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03-19-2013 21:50:34

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 Re: Looking for Ford 100# suitcase weights... in reply to John_PA, 03-19-2013 13:42:27  

Aftermarket decals explains the difference in the decals, but not the offset on the FORD lettering. I'd still like to know what happened there.

Attached is the front page of the factory literature. Those power-adjust rear rims sure do look like they're gray gloss to me, as do the outer duals on the first pic I sent. Myself, I would prefer gray gloss over galvanized color.

Note also the front rack has 11 weights on it. 11 was the max you could get onto the standard bracket, which explains why there was 17 on the 9700 pic I sent (3 weights added each side). However, the literature states that the mounting bracket only holds 10 weights.

I have an 8-page brochure (front page is attached) that I can scan and send to you as a PDF if you'd like. Just let me know. Do you have something different for that series?

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03-19-2013 21:57:20

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 Re: Looking for Ford 100# suitcase weights... in reply to Bern, 03-19-2013 21:50:34  

Try again on the pic...

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