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Re: 4 cylinder vs 3 cylinder

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Ultradog MN

08-10-2014 16:46:46

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I know a lot of guys here are very fond of their 'Priors' and I know you can't make one thing better by trying to make something else look bad (though politicians do that all the time)
That said, The 65 and newer 3 cylinder Fords were a ground up, whole new platform.
Ford took everything they had learned from 1939 onward and applied it to the new models.
They made an outstanding machine.
More reliability, more longevity, more transmission options, heavier duty and in my opinion, they are easier to work on than the 4 cylinder models.
Every generation of Ford was better than the last - 9N,8N,NAA,Hundreds (55-64) and Thousands.
And you are more likely to get the better options with a 3 cylinder - LPTO, PS, diff lock, etc.
Never, ever trust the tach on a 65-75 unless you actually see the hour meter turn over with your eyes. And if you buy a gasser, points are a PIA to install.
Neutral safety switch was lame on them.
And parts will be more expensive than a prior.
Don't forget that a 2000 and 3000 are almost identical machines so keep an open mind on that.
Lastly, the Ns were handsome little tractors but Ford never again built a decent looking tractor.
So don't buy one for looks.
Oh, and as for color, Ford probably built more Blue trctors than all other colors combined.
So the 'correct' color for a Ford is Empire Blue.
Now you fellows who love your priors, if you jump on me here I'll play politician on you and just agree with every thing you say.
Then I'll go back to thinking what I think :)

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Mac AR

08-10-2014 20:11:03

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 Re: 4 cylinder vs 3 cylinder in reply to Ultradog MN, 08-10-2014 16:46:46  
I'm a prior man myself. Mines a 2000 gasser, 63 model. Love that old gal, hateful witch that she can be. That said, we had a 69 4000 that we used for ages, and I liked it well enough. LPTO, Power steering, 8 speed. Good tractor, but like UD said, royal pain to put points in, and compared to the 560 Farmall, a gutless wonder. SOB never had enough power to suit me. Now that I don't cover as many acres, my 2000 prior suits me to a T. Ok, all you late model guys, go ahead and jump on me, I can take it. ;)

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08-11-2014 16:48:53

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 Re: 4 cylinder vs 3 cylinder in reply to Mac AR, 08-10-2014 20:11:03  
I"m not going to jump on you, but comparing a 4000 to a 560 is kind of an apple core to orange slice deal. I bought a 71 4000 gasser about 10 years ago after getting tired of trying to find a decent diesel. Best day of that tractor"s life was when I removed the gas engine and installed a 1981 201D.

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