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Ford 3000...gas or diesel better? Input needed.

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George (TX)

10-21-1999 12:38:23

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I have decided to purchase a Ford 3000. I am torn between gas or diesel. I used to own a Ford 800 gas model, and could always get it running and do my own maintenance. Diesels scare me a little. Mostly lack of experience and ignorance on my part, I suspect.
I know there must be pros and cons with each type. Without bashing each other, could I get a little help with this decision?
Thanks in advance. George

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Thanks everybody! George (TX)

10-25-1999 06:32:16

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 Re: Ford 3000...gas or diesel better? Input needed. in reply to George (TX), 10-21-1999 12:38:23  
OK, I'm convinced, and I feel comfortable with the diesel answer. I suspected that was the right answer, but now I know why.

Thanks for all the great help. Every input was very helpful. And Gale, I read all of the later inputs from your posting requesting diesel info. Again, very helpful.

Thanks everybody. Great forum.

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10-23-1999 07:47:52

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 Re: Ford 3000...gas or diesel better? Input needed. in reply to George (TX), 10-21-1999 12:38:23  
I am a a mechanic at a tractor dealership and have worked on many of both gas and diesel tractors. I recommend the diesel. Diesels tend to run a lot longer than gas tractors. They get better fuel economy. Their engine components are stronger built. They have a better torque rise than gassers. And if you keep the fuel systems clean, they have far less trouble than the gas tractors. It seems like I'm always rebuilding or replacing carbs. Go with the Diesel. Go Ford!

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10-22-1999 08:39:13

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 Re: Ford 3000...gas or diesel better? Input needed. in reply to George (TX), 10-21-1999 12:38:23  
As a general rule the 4-cyl Ford gas engines (like in the 800) where much better than their 4-cyl. diesel counterparts. However the 3-cyl engines where much better as a diesel than gas. I belive this as I have in the past owned a 4-cyl Ford diesel and a 3-cyl Ford gasser.

There's a lot of gas vs. diesel posts on this site in the last few days - most of the advice is good. Newer disels are great, older ones can be a problem. My advice (based on learning the hard way)is that you should avoid any diesel that is not running well at the time you examine it. Unless you are an experienced diesel technician, you are not going to be able to "tune it up" like you might a gas engine. Outside of temporary problems like air in the fuel lines or clogged filters, most all poorly running diesels will need at least rebuilding of the injector pump and injectors ($1000 or more) to straighten them out.

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10-22-1999 04:08:34

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 Re: Ford 3000...gas or diesel better? Input needed. in reply to George (TX), 10-21-1999 12:38:23  
George, I also Have never had any diesel experience when I bought bought my 65 3000 diesel about a month ago. After running it and working on it, I found diesels are much simpler to work on, and run really well. I am very glad I got one and will suggest you also GO FOR IT. I don't think you'll be sorry. Good Luck, Mark

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Me too ...

10-21-1999 14:02:00

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 Re: Ford 3000...gas or diesel better? Input needed. in reply to George (TX), 10-21-1999 12:38:23  
Just went through that delima myself, George. You'll get all sorts of opinions; but mainly that diesel is desirable. Personally, I'm a gasoline guy, and mainly for the same reason that you stated. It's easier for the do-it-yourselfer to work on. But .....

I just today wrote the check for a 3000 diesel. Main reason was that it was available, and at a good price, plus being with low hours and in good shape without someone putting a bucket of paint on it. That worries me. I like it with the original paint. I'll paint what I want painted. Anywho,I believe that "availability" really is the deciding factor.

Good luck. Would be happy to stay in touch being we bought 3000s at the same time.

Happy tractoring, -Gale-

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10-21-1999 12:52:03

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 Re: Ford 3000...gas or diesel better? Input needed. in reply to George (TX), 10-21-1999 12:38:23  
I myself much prefer a diesel. Way better on fuel and far less tempermental. Don't let the "diesel" thing scare you. About the only thing you really have to keep an eye on is the changing of the oil in the injection pumps if it has the inline pump on it. If the injectors are in good shape, they will go thousands of hours without attention as long as you don't run any water through your filters (in other words, drain your filters once in awhile of water). With all that taken care of, just think about not having to mess with fouled plugs and burned out points all the time!

Let me put it another way. I honestly can't think of any gas tractors currently in production. That alone should tell you something. I think the last time Ford produced a gasoline powered tractor was in the 70's (someone correct me if I'm wrong here).

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10-21-1999 18:54:47

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 Re: Re: Ford 3000...gas or diesel better? Input needed. in reply to Bern, 10-21-1999 12:52:03  
My little book shows a 3610 gas 82 to 86 and a 4610 gas 82 to 1990. I am surprised they went this long. I bet there isn't very many though.

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