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Gold Demo's

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Dave H

11-17-2003 17:18:03

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Anyone know how many were made? My Ford Farm Tractor book says"The first tractor assembled with Select-O-Speed ser #60949 was manufactured on Jan 16,1959. It was part of a fleet of 861 introduction tractors painted gold and provided to Fords distributers." I have talked to several people that agree with that and some who say they made more than that. I have 2 971 ser 65xxx and 70xxx just found 981 can't read ser # yet the diesel batt box covers it can't get to it to clean it off very well and it's been ground off and restamped

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Bill from MO

11-18-2003 20:19:23

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 Re: Gold Demo's in reply to Dave H, 11-17-2003 17:18:03  
I have two gold's, an 871 Gas and a 871-D that I plan to restore in the future. I also know where two others was salvaged out. So I feel Jim from UT is a more accutate estimation an how may were produced.

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11-18-2003 19:13:26

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 Re: Gold Demo's in reply to Dave H, 11-17-2003 17:18:03  
I have 871 Gold. I had one I sold and I know of 3 others in Ont. BURT.

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11-18-2003 09:38:50

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 Re: Gold Demo's in reply to Dave H, 11-17-2003 17:18:03  
Maybe the "861" in that sentence did not mean the number of tractors but that they started out with the shipment of the Gold Demos with the Ford 861 model. Just a guess, though.

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11-18-2003 12:06:57

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 Re: Re: Gold Demo's in reply to Rick-TX, 11-18-2003 09:38:50  
If it was a Gold Demo, it would have an S-O-S tranny and therefore would be either an 871 or 881. An 861 has a 5 speed.

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11-17-2003 17:56:49

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 Re: Gold Demo's in reply to Dave H, 11-17-2003 17:18:03  
The story I've heard is that each Ford tractor dealer was required to take one gold demo. It could be any model the dealer desired. If that's the case, there were about 2600 - 2900 Ford tractor dealers at that time, so it stands to reason that's how many gold demonstrators were built.

I'm no expert, I just repeat what I've heard or read on the subject. I was only 3 years old in Jan 1959!

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Dave H

11-17-2003 18:36:58

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 Re: Re: Gold Demo's in reply to Jim.UT, 11-17-2003 17:56:49  
the 861 number makes a better story but I'm inclined to believe there had to be more I've got 3 and I know of 2 more in a 50 mile area of Des Moines Ia I heard 2400 dealers so that my be more realistic

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11-18-2003 16:17:48

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 Re: Re: Re: Gold Demo's in reply to Dave H, 11-17-2003 18:36:58  
We had a new gold 971. Sold it on a farm sale in 1962. Would love to have it back, but have no idea where it went. Ours came from a dealer ship in Newton IA

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Dave H

11-18-2003 19:17:23

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Gold Demo's in reply to BOB, 11-18-2003 16:17:48  
We bought a used one from Des Moines Ford tractor in about 1962 We sold out in 65 south of Newton 7 miles--In 59 I was 10 years old and we saw the demo in DesMoines and they had the plastic bench model where you turned the crank and watched the sun gears turn to show how this new trans worked

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11-19-2003 05:35:29

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Gold Demo's in reply to Dave H, 11-18-2003 19:17:23  
Anybody have a gold 681? Anybody ever seen any paper announcments/invitations to the dealer showings of the new SOS?

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