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961 followed me home yesterday

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Tom in Mo.

08-24-2014 17:17:08
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Gas 961 wide front. Good rubber. Runs like a top. The second picture shows a nail holding in the pin on the top link yoke which has probably been there for lots of years.
It has a problem with the left side drop drive where it connects to the axle housing. It's loose and it looks like it's been that way a long time. A few studs are missing and the rest were loose. I'll have to pull off the drop casting and probably rethread or helicoil in some threads to repair it correctly. Any comments on this are appreciated.






This post was edited by Tom in Mo. at 17:29:21 08/24/14 2 times.

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Tom in Mo.

08-25-2014 14:01:06
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
I couldn't stand it so I moved a few pieces of equipment around and made space for the 961 and pulled the final drive. Of the 8 threaded stud holes, 2 had broken studs, 5 had helicoils already in them, and one was normal.

JimUT I sent an email for contact info on a replacement. Replacing the whole thing has to be lots easier and better.

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MarkB_MI

08-25-2014 17:33:47
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-25-2014 14:01:06  
You got that apart fast. Either the brake drum and pivot pins were unusually cooperative, or you have their removal down to a science.



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Royse

08-25-2014 17:40:44
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to MarkB_MI, 08-25-2014 17:33:47  
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You got that right! I always seem to fight with the drum.



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Royse

08-25-2014 12:38:54
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
I didn't know you had moved Jim.

Hope everything is going well for you.



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Jim.UT

08-26-2014 13:37:42
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Royse, 08-25-2014 12:38:54  
Yeah, the last few years of unemployment and under-employment finally took their toll. Could no longer afford to stay where I was and drive 106 miles per day to work (round trip). So we sold the acreage, and all the farm equipment (including all the tractor parts) and moved to the city. Lots closer to work, but I'm lost as to what to do with my free time now. No tractor to work on, no room for a tractor, not enough money for cable TV so no ball games to watch, the lawn only takes 15 minutes to mow. Might have to start talking to the wife again!

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Jim.UT

08-25-2014 12:27:27
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
When I moved to the city last month, I had to dump all my tractor parts. Sold the bulk to a tractor repair shop (one man show) for pennies on the dollar, but it was better than sending them to scrap...about the same money but at least they're still available for people who need parts.

Among the items I sent to him were both rear axle assemblies for a Ford row crop. He also got a good 5 speed tranny. If you need his contact info, let me know. He repairs tractors and also sells parts.

My email is open.

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soundguy

08-25-2014 11:04:58
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
nice.. watch out.. they grow on ya!



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Tom in Mo.

08-25-2014 03:46:17
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
I'll get into this axle issue this fall. Plans are to make it a good worker bee for the hive. Right now it looks like all it needs is axle drive work and bring the brakes back to life. The engine is strong and clean burning. I already have the service manual. This is Ford#5 in the stable.
This post was edited by Tom in Mo. at 03:48:16 08/25/14.



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MarkB_MI

08-25-2014 03:20:06
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
You might need to replace that final drive housing; I wouldn't think it would be too difficult to pick up a used replacement.

When you have the final drive off, you might as well replace the seal on the stub axle and reset the axle bearing preload. This is done by removing shims from under the cover visible at the bottom of your picture.



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WayneIA

08-25-2014 02:45:21
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
Those studs are 9/16" in diameter and NH no longer supply's them and chances are your local hardware store won't either. Fastenal!!!!



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NNP

08-24-2014 19:38:15
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
very nice

do what ya gotta to make that axle right.

loose in the drivetrain with big power is never good.

Just an observation, on rowcrops, get in there and check the tightness of the bolts that connect the front bolster to the framerails. No idea why, but I've ran into a few that were loose.

One had 1 bolt completely missing on one side, 1 with no nut, with the remaining third one loose.

Could have been ugly....

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Royse

08-24-2014 19:23:35
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
Texas! is right about those studs.
Looks like they have lug nuts on them backwards too?

The nail wouldn't bother me a bit, but I'd get right after that axle.

Looks like a great tractor! What are your plans for it?



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Texas!

08-24-2014 19:15:48
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
Those studs that have 1" of thread sticking through the nut are not original.



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charlie n

08-24-2014 18:00:22
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to Tom in Mo., 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
I didn't get to go this year.You know what the ford 3 bottom brought by chance?



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Tom Bond

08-24-2014 17:24:39
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 Re: 961 followed me home yesterday in reply to soundguy, 08-24-2014 17:17:08  
Nice find!



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