The Ford diesels had 2 manifold heaters (they look like spark plugs from the outside) installed in the intake manifold to heat the air before attempting to start in cold weather. I know you're in MN or WI but I don't know the temperature there right now. Typically when a diesel gets hard to start the owner will start using ether as a starting assist and then the engine gets "addicted" to the ether. I have owned a 861D for over 10 years now. The manifold heaters are not functioning and in the winter I have to use ether to start it. It smokes all of the time it's running. But it has been serving me well for over 10 years now in that condition. Does the double clutch work properly (PTO and Drive clutches)? A rebuilt clutch assembly for the X6X tractors costs around $400.
Re: Ford 961 Diesel in reply to Colin King, 05-29-2013 18:27:08
Parts are no problem at all. My 861D jumped out of 3rd gear going uphill, downhill, straight & level- it didn't matter. As soon as I let the clutch out in 3rd it would jump to Neutral. It required a complete trans disassembly to fix it. The worn out part cost me $50. I put in new bearings and seals while I was in it and total parts cost was about $500. So make sure the one you're looking at doesn't jump out of 3rd.
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