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Re: Ford 961 Diesel

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Ultradog MN

05-29-2013 13:49:02

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Glad to see you moving up Colin.
You will really appreciate the upgrades on that tractor.
As you know diesels do start hard - compared to a well tuned gasser. My buddy Ken has a couple of those 172 diesels and it is not uncommon for them to take 15 to 20 seconds on the starter - or even more - before they grumble to a start when cold. Biggest thing to wonder about is did the PO give it a steady diet of ether to get it started. Too much ether will cause broken rings, ring lands and sometimes worse problems like bent connecting rods, etc.
961 is pretty much bullet proof. One thing to check on those 5 speeds is drive one down a hill and decelerate to check if 3rd gear pops out. 3rd and reverse get used probably more than all the others so detents and shifter forks get worn.
Is yours a NF or WF? Those 9XX machines are a little ungainly for my purposes - I'd rather have a 3 cyl 4000 if I were to drive a tractor that size. But the NF is pretty nimble after all and could work in as confined a space as an N would.
$1900 sounds like a very good price even if the rubber aint so hot. I'd rather have a diesel in that series than a gasser - sooo much better fuel mileage.
Don't tell Soundguy where it is till you've made the deal. He's out to gather ALL the 9XXs. wink

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Colin King

05-29-2013 18:23:27

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 Re: Ford 961 Diesel in reply to Ultradog MN, 05-29-2013 13:49:02  
Hey Jerry,

Thanks for the tips. The seller stopped by again this evening to talk to me some more. I'll check out that 3rd gear. The shift pattern sure takes a little getting used to!

Yea, this is a narrow front. Unless a deal showed up, I was planning on skipping the hundred series entirely and going to a 4000 or 5000 diesel. I've even ogled your 4000 and there was a very sharp 5000 for sale here this spring. I have to decide if I should make this purchase, or make do with the N for a few more years when I can afford/justify a thousand series.

That 961 gets me 75% of the HP of a 5000 at 25% of the cost (assuming she runs as good as I think she does).

I'll keep ya posted. Hope you're spring has been a pleasant one.

Colin, MN

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