Thanks Tony .... I had heard from my friend Jim out here in Utah that you might have an expert opinion or two or three about Ford Industrial tractors. As I said this is my first encounter with one. Its been very interesting. Here are a couple of more pictures (hit the limit last night I guess). One shows the serial number and model number, you were right on both. The other shows an angle shot of the inside of the wheel. You can see how far the casting comes in. Is this how your 28's are? Do your 28's have the same casting pattern? I have found one picture on the internet that looks like the same pattern as these. Interesting that you should mention the west coast. In talking with the gent I got it from and some of his buddies the story goes that this tractor came to central Utah from a Dairy farm in California up to Utah. The gent who replaced the head gasket claims to have worked on that dairy farm and now lives in Utah. I have no reason not to believe that story. Someone has painted the tim blue but underneath it is the buff color. What would the grill have been? Doing internet searches I have seen mostly the later square pattern design but have seen two or three with the earlier Jubilee style grill. I see different fenders on the internet as well, what fender did this come with originally, the 800 series or did it have the 900 series?
If it starts and drives I will probably try to bring it back to life, especially if it is a rare specimen. I just can't stand to see these good old things get scrapped so I may just pass it along to someone else. Iv'e collected a few old jewels along the way saying they world make good projects when I retired. Well at retired last year at 70 and now don't have as much enthusiasm to tear a tractor clear down, especially a heavy one like this. My Ford collection includes a 740 row crop with a creeper Sherman, three Jubilee's (1952, 53 and 54), a 960 in progress and 4 8n 6 cylinder Funk conversions.
Thanks again for your information and advise. ... Norm