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Egg Crate Grill Color

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05-29-2003 19:36:37

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I inquired about a 861 Powermaster on "Chats Tractors". It is a 1960 and they have the subject grille painted gray just like the rest of the gray tin on the tractor. I think it should be red. I asked the people about it and they said it came gray like that from the factory. I still don't believe they are right. But if enough of you say that some did come from the factory with solid gray grilles(egg crate 860 series) instead of red I will change my stance. Waiting to hear your opinions!

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05-30-2003 18:35:46

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 Re: Egg Crate Grill Color in reply to JVO, 05-29-2003 19:36:37  
In late 1957 Ford changed and upgraded the colors and cosmetic design of the 800/801 Series tractors. From 53-57 the grille was a one piece vertical bar grille.

For example go to the tractor photos section and find a Jubilee or NAA with this grille type (should be grey according to factory) and compare to an 801 picture.

In late 57 the 'egg crate' grille with a folded metal screen grille behind it appeared. This was actually a three part grille: the lower grille assembly that was red. The upper and outer egg-crate in red, and the inner screen grille piece in grey.

For the Powermaster 801's this red/orange color was also applied to the nose cone and upper hood/gas tank door and the dash panel. The lower dash panel was grey.

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Dave in MD

05-30-2003 08:42:44

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 Re: Egg Crate Grill Color in reply to JVO, 05-29-2003 19:36:37  
I've asked about these grills before too. I recently got an 861 that has the gray vert slot grill on it & have been told it should be the red 'egg crate'. I've seen many pics of 800/801 and there's a mix of grill styles but I can't determine a pattern. Does anybody know if there was a change in production and at what point? Were different grills used on the different models? Diogenes

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05-30-2003 12:40:26

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 Re: Re: Egg Crate Grill Color in reply to Dave in MD, 05-30-2003 08:42:44  
Here's the way I understand it:

'53 & '54 Jubilee/NAA: gray grille with thin vertical fins and a round crank hole at the bottom.

'55-'57 600/800: Same as NAA grille except the crank hole is oval.

'58-'62 601: same as the 600/800.

'58-'62 801: red square grid grille

The rowcrop tractors (700/900 and 701/901) follow the same trend as the 600/800 and 601/801 except I think the grilles on those tractors are not as tall....I could be wrong on that.

That's the way I understand it. I'm open for correction if I'm mis-stating the facts.

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Dave in Md

06-01-2003 06:41:49

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 Re: Re: Re: Egg Crate Grill Color in reply to Jim.UT, 05-30-2003 12:40:26  
Thanks for all the info. Looks like I've got a '60 model 861 with early sheet metal on it.

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05-29-2003 21:14:19

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 Re: Egg Crate Grill Color in reply to JVO, 05-29-2003 19:36:37  
Well, sorta red-orange. Same color as the big stripe down the center of the hood. Look in the Gallery (link on the left) for some examples.

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