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Ryguywilli

06-11-2018 16:52:36




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I recently purchased what I was told was a 1975 Ford 2000 tractor. I removed the paint and found the serial number. It is as follows:

6L17C

6L21

A 144-538


Can anyone help identify this exact model? Thanks.




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Sean in PA

06-28-2018 20:52:23




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
LD at the beginning of the engine serial number says that it's a 2000 series diesel engine.

The K146 at the end says that the engine was assembled October 14 1966.
The 6G2 casting number above that says that the block was cast on July 2, 1966.

So it looks like it is a 1966 2000 after all, even though it has the square profile axle trumpets which were supposedly not used on the 2000 series until much later, like 1970 or 1071. Are there casting date codes on the axle trumpets? The numbers for that would be on the front facing surface of the square profile I believe.

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Ryguywilli

06-28-2018 17:59:30




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
So it looks like it is a 2000.
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Destroked 450

06-27-2018 15:03:01




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
Clean off that flat spot and look for numbers there

I can see 146 at the end



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Ryguywilli

06-27-2018 13:46:26




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
This was the only one visible. Is that the right location?

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Sean in PA

06-12-2018 18:34:45




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
Square axle tubes on a '66 makes me think that it's a 3000 rather than a 2000. Can you check out the engine serial number? It's a stamped set of fairly small letters and numbers and should be one or two letters followed by 6 digits on the right side of the engine block on a smooth rail down just above the oil pan on the right side. If it is a 2000 the letter at the beginning should be a L and if it is a 3000 it should be an N. If it has two letters the second letter would be a D if it's a diesel and a G if it's a gasser or a P if it's got an L.P. gas (propane) engine.

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Sean in PA

06-12-2018 18:19:11




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
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You are correct. L is November. I guess I wasn't thinking properly when I wrote that. That seems to be happening more and more as I get older.



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Ryguywilli

06-12-2018 16:19:26




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  






Attached are some more pictures. I looked closer at what looks like an original decal and saw a 2000. Didn't find any other significant markings.

I appreciate all the help.

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Sean in PA

06-12-2018 05:20:07




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
The louvered hood sides and the wraparound lower grill were used from 1/1/65 through 3/31/68, so that is definitely not a 1975 tractor. It was made before 4/1/68. As to the "exact" model, it looks like either a 2000 or 3000.
The full model number is the one that I mentioned that would start with 210 since it is a pre-4/1/68 tractor. The 210 at the beginning says that it is a 2000 series general purpose ag chassis tractor, so that would be the model.
The rest of the model number would tell us whether it had a diesel or gas engine, which transmission it had, and whether it had live or transmission driven (non-live) PTO when it left the factory. Your picture shows it with a dual stick transmission, so it is either a 6 or 8 speed (3 or 4 forward speed and 1 reverse on the main shifter with high and low ranges on the shorter shifter). The clutch pedal is pretty high which makes me think that it has live PTO so it is more likely to be an 8 speed than a 6 speed. The fact that there's no canister air filter cover on the left side of the hood indicates that it's got a diesel engine, so my guess on the full model number would be 21013C, which would be a 2000 series ag chassis tractor with a diesel engine, an 8 speed transmission, and live PTO, although it could be a 3000, in which case the model number would likely be 31013C.

If it has a small black plastic knob (may have been painted over at some point) on the right side of the tractor down near where your right ankle is when you're sitting on the tractor, then it would be a 3000, as that knob is for the flow control valve, and the 3000 had one while the 2000 did not. There are a few other minor differences between the 2000 and 3000, like a few hp and the early 2000's had round profile rear axle trumpets where the 3000's and later 2000's had a square profile.

Also, it looks like it has an after market power steering system, so if you ever need parts for that don't go looking for factory parts.

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fordfarmer

06-12-2018 08:00:06




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Sean in PA, 06-12-2018 05:20:07  
Dual stick on a pre-4/68 2000 or 3000 will be an 8-
speed, as the 6-speed wasn't available then.



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Ryguywilli

06-12-2018 04:17:21




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
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Can you tell by the body style? See pic.



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Sean in PA

06-11-2018 17:32:37




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
I agree with Shaun, A144538 would be a fairly early Antwerp Serial Number, and 6L17C would be a date code for June 17 1966 afternoon shift and 6L21 would be June 21 1966.

There should be another number, maybe up in the rough part of the casting that's hard to see or maybe even on the similar flat spot on the other (left) side of the tractor. If it is a 1966 2000 then it would start with 210 and if it was a 1975 2000 it would start with B10.

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cdmn

06-12-2018 10:10:03




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Sean in PA, 06-11-2018 17:32:37  

How do you guys come up with "L" equals June? Seems like "L" should be November. If it was
built after 01 Sept, it would be the new model year, 1967. Usually the second date code would
be in the European sequence, (Like the US Post Office.) I would surmise that earlier date is
when it comes off the assembly line, and 2nd date is related to going into inventory or shipping.



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Shaun Wallace

06-11-2018 16:58:52




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 Re: Ford Tractor ID in reply to Ryguywilli, 06-11-2018 16:52:36  
With that low an Antwerp ser# Id think more like a 1966.



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