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Help Me ID this old Tractor

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02-07-2018 11:52:31

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Please help me ID this tractor and tell me what you think it would be worth in the present condition and what it would be worth if I were to refurbish it. Not a show restoration but a good working mechanical and cosmetic restoration......if it presently runs well.

Someone has it for sale and I think I will look at it this weekend. The owners inherited it and says it runs but needs restoration. Not sure what he means by that without looking at it in person. Trying to see if it is a gas or diesel he is unsure.

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02-08-2018 09:12:18

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 Re: Help Me ID this old Tractor in reply to rtr, 02-07-2018 11:52:31  
That is a diesel Dexta not a Super Dexta built after 1960. Things to look for:

1. If it has been started using starting fluid run away unless you are prepared to do an engine overhaul.

2. Hydraulics can be a little sensitive due mainly to the Position Control pin wearing. This is a common problem on the US Ford range as well as the rear end is basically the same design. Not a major problem to fix and would not stop me buying. Some people panic when told they have to take the lift off to sort it. 3. Look at the four bolts holding the gear sticks on. If they are loose or missing it indicates the bottom of the gear sticks are worn and jump out of the selectors. Again no major problem as they can be built up with weld and shaped back to fit.

Remember you are looking at a 50 year old tractor so expect some problems. Here in England it would fetch around 1000.00 in that condition.

cdmn has told you about the serial number I would just add that all cast parts have a code on them something like A24B or 3A24. These codes tell the exact date the part was made and it will usually be within a few days of the tractor being assembled. Post a few of these and we can tell you exactly when it was built. The easy ones to find are on the gearbox side, the rear axle trumpet housings, the rear axle itself down under the footplate on the brake pedal side, the hydraulic lift near the front of the seat and on the clutch bell housing behind the front axle support bars.
Check the clutch linkage where it connects to the drop arm out of the clutch housing. If it has two holes in the clevis it is a "Live" clutch tractor, one hole standard transmission PTO, the Live clutch is more desirable when using the tractor on a grass topper or other PTO driven equipment.

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02-07-2018 15:55:14

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 Re: Help Me ID this old Tractor in reply to rtr, 02-07-2018 11:52:31  
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What makes it "super"?
Are there any common issues with these tractors that I should look for when I look at it??

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02-08-2018 18:26:04

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 Re: Help Me ID this old Tractor in reply to RTR, 02-07-2018 15:55:14  

You might find this interesting.

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02-07-2018 17:13:04

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 Re: Help Me ID this old Tractor in reply to RTR, 02-07-2018 15:55:14  
Supers have a restyled radiator cowl, a slightly larger engine, and probably gearing for
a slow-speed rototilling. About 1962.

The Standard Dexta continued as well. This one looks like a Standard. Can't tell age. Serial number is vertical on the bell-housing flange where it mates with the engine.

The only problem that bothers me is the very difficult manner of mounting and dismounting.

Chances are it's a diesel. Gas hoods have about a 4.00 inch extension, and I don't see that. Gas/petrol are quite rare and probably worth more.

I would be reluctant to pay more than $1000. Perhaps $500 to $1000 more if gas.
With cosmetics fixed up and new tires, you would find buyers at about $3000. They are nice collector tractors because of small size and weight, easy to haul to shows.
All Ford and Ferguson equipment should work.

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02-07-2018 15:29:09

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 Re: Help Me ID this old Tractor in reply to rtr, 02-07-2018 11:52:31  
ivor from uk here and you have what looks like a fordson super dexta from the early 60's with diesel engine and is definitely worth restoring

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02-07-2018 11:54:23

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