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Early diesel any good?

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06-25-2000 19:13:19

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Thru the years I read posts concerning the 4 cylinder diesel engines in the 801 and 4000. I have found what appears to be an average tractor for and average price. My question: Due to the vibration etc and early failure of some engine components (Ford recommneded new instead of reworked crankshafts) would it be wise to purchase one of these tractors or would I be inviting more trouble? Thanks for any imput.

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Chuck Saunders

06-26-2000 09:06:09

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 Re: Early diesel any good? in reply to Bud, 06-25-2000 19:13:19  
Hi Bud,
I have an '59 1841 TLB with the diesel and I love it. There is talk about the early diesels not being as good but I have had nothing but good and strong from mine. Your milage may vary, but you'll probably get better milage with diesel.

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06-26-2000 21:41:22

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 Re: Re: Early diesel any good? in reply to Chuck Saunders, 06-26-2000 09:06:09  
I have a Ford 841 Diesel ..LOVE it. Very economical on fuel ~60 % less than gas with lot's of torgue! Mine has 3200 hours on it ..runs like a swiss watch.

Mine is a 1958 ..that's before Ford added the vibration damper which turned out to have a HIGH failure rate of the needle bearings used in it ..most folks that have the later models PULL the vibration damper out. Mr Diesel I think is his handle, has done that to his tractors??


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