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T. Thompson

08-04-1999 12:26:19




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I have been looking at an old Ford diesel tractor to purchase. I have no idea what a old (working) tractor should sell for. I don't know much about tractors yet so I have no idea what year it is and what to look for. The seller sais it is an 801-4. Is there such a thing. It comes with an 8ft disk, a smaller disk, and a plow.
Any help would be appreciated.




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RMD

08-06-1999 15:34:37




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 Re: old diesel tractor in reply to T. Thompson, 08-04-1999 12:26:19  
Sorry about the multiple post, the page never "kicked over" after hitting the "post" button.



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RMD

08-06-1999 15:32:47




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 Re: old diesel tractor in reply to T. Thompson, 08-04-1999 12:26:19  
The domestic Ford 4-cyl diesels were not the greatest. Ford later went to 3-cyl diesels based on the English Fordson design. The 4-cyl gas engines were very good. So a diesel engine is a 800 series Ford is not a plus. From my epensive experience with the similar 600 series 4-cyl diesel, I suggest you make sure you are happy with the way it runs before you buy. I bought mine think I could "tune her up" - I did get it running much better, but never could fix some things - on mine the exaust was very sour/strong and it made it miserable to work with the machine.

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RMD

08-06-1999 15:31:05




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 Re: old diesel tractor in reply to T. Thompson, 08-04-1999 12:26:19  
The domestic Ford 4-cyl diesels were not the greatest. Ford later went to 3-cyl diesels based on the English Fordson design. The 4-cyl gas engines were very good. So a diesel engine is a 800 series Ford is not a plus. From my epensive experience with the similar 600 series 4-cyl diesel, I suggest you make sure you are happy with the way it runs before you buy. I bought mine think I could "tune her up" - I did get it running much better, but never could fix some things - on mine the exaust was very sour/strong and it made it miserable to work with the machine.

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RMD

08-06-1999 15:29:53




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 Re: old diesel tractor in reply to T. Thompson, 08-04-1999 12:26:19  
The domestic Ford 4-cyl diesels were not the greatest. Ford later went to 3-cyl diesels based on the English Fordson design. The 4-cyl gas engines were very good. So a diesel engine is a 800 series Ford is not a plus. From my epensive experience with the similar 600 series 4-cyl diesel, I suggest you make sure you are happy with the way it runs before you buy. I bought mine think I could "tune her up" - I did get it running much better, but never could fix some things - on mine the exaust was very sour/strong and it made it miserable to work with the machine.

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RMD

08-06-1999 15:29:04




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 Re: old diesel tractor in reply to T. Thompson, 08-04-1999 12:26:19  
The domestic Ford 4-cyl diesels were not the greatest. Ford later went to 3-cyl diesels based on the English Fordson design. The 4-cyl gas engines were very good. So a diesel engine is a 800 series Ford is not a plus. From my epensive experience with the similar 600 series 4-cyl diesel, I suggest you make sure you are happy with the way it runs before you buy. I bought mine think I could "tune her up" - I did get it running much better, but never could fix some things - on mine the exaust was very sour/strong and it made it miserable to work with the machine.

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Tommy D.

08-05-1999 13:56:54




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 Re: old diesel tractor in reply to T. Thompson, 08-04-1999 12:26:19  
Check out this site for all the info you can stand:

http://member.aol.com/_ht_a/naa60512/naa.htm



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paul

08-04-1999 22:47:51




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 Re: old diesel tractor in reply to T. Thompson, 08-04-1999 12:26:19  
There are several price guides out there to help you get an average value of tractors, plus help identifying the year from the serial number. They also list horsepower, type of engine, tranny, etc. Many farm supply stores carry these, from about $12 to $60. It might be a good investment for you....

The weak link in Fords of this age are the Select-o-Speed transmissions. While they were good in their day, they are more expensive to repair & maintain, and often were not maintained well. Fords were sold with regular 4 & 5 speed trannys, or the SoS automatic tranny. The SoS types often sell for close to 1/2 of a regular tranny these days. Don't get suckered...

If you happen upon an IH tractor, many have TA trannies in them. Most of the time you just have to assume they are shot & will need $500 of parts or so...

Every color of tractor had some weak link to it, it's important for you to know what you are getting into.

On the other hand, you'll probably find a nice tractor at a good price, and have years of work out of it. :)

--->Paul

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