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Re: Buying a Ford 3000

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Posted by Ultradog MN on December 27, 2012 at 16:07:42 from (

In Reply to: Buying a Ford 3000 posted by MikeAC on December 27, 2012 at 10:46:25:

Some general obvervations;
Not real often do you see an original tach go that high of hours. Most I have seen failed before that.
You do know not to Ever trust the hours on those models, yes?
Unless you actually sit and watch it turn over?
Hours usually failed and quit counting. Some at half that number.
Don't expect any of the other gauges to work either.
4600 hours on a gasser is probably 75% of it's normal service life. Diesels would likely go double that. Providing they both had regular maintenance.
Yeah, it would be nice to do a compression test - if you can...
These are not like the Hundred Series where you can drop in new sleeves and pistons for a few Hundred $.
I think in picture #4 I can kinda, sorta, maaaybee see just the tip of the diff lock linkage on the right trumpet. Not sure.
All 3000s had square rear axles but not all had Diff lock.
I would ask. It should have the pedal you clomp down on with your right heel if it does like in the pic below - near the Left red circle.
Those red circled plugs are the check plugs for the tranny and rear end oil btw.
I see the right 3 pt ball is missing. Not a big deal.
Rear tires are good but not a matched set. Right one is older.
Nice to see PS!
Tractor has both front and rear wheel weights.
Nice. About $500 value.
I don't know if rear spin out rims are original. Maybe some else knows.
Doesn't matter anyway.
Some rust on right rim by valve stem. Cant see left side.
Front bumper with hard to find brackets about $200.
Still has original steering box tins under the dash.
Twin stick so either 6 or 8 sp. Good.
No way to tell if live or tranny pto from here.
Still has Holley carb.
Ask Hobo NC here on this board to help you rebuild it if it needs it.
All original lights. Drawbar there. Oil filter changed to new style.
No major leaks.
Tin very good. Paint fair. General aspect good.
Cheap, noisy muffler.
I wonder why the rust on the right side below the gas tank.
Maximum estimated value (the hard part here)
That is IF the engine checks out and tractor doesn't smoke, knock, rattle, gears are quiet, clutch smooth, pto spins, etc.


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