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12-11-2004 19:04:00

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I've just bought a 541 Offset tractor, and it has a tag on a chain that's connected to one of the seat mounting bolts. The tag is about 2" x 3" oval, and has another small chain about 16" long with a little slotted 90 degree bracket/thing on the end. The tag says WARNING TO AVOID DAMAGE TO PUMP PUT CONTROL LEVER FULLY DOWN AND FIT WEDGE UNDER STOPPER

I'm not really sure about the "WEDGE", 'cause I'm guessing at the "WE" part, due to rust on the steel tag.
Anybody have a parts book that shows this tag, and can tell me what it's all about?

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12-12-2004 23:06:06

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 Re: Warning tag in reply to Stan-in-AL, 12-11-2004 19:04:00  
hi there,
just wanted to let you know, i have a 540 as well. If you have a specific question about the offset, let me know and I'll see if i can help


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12-13-2004 07:55:17

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 Re: Warning tag in reply to greywynd, 12-12-2004 23:06:06  
It's good to meet another offset owner. I'll post pics of mine on the picture page in a day or so. It looks pretty good, but wasn't prepped well before painting, mostly underneath and such, sheet-metal looks pretty good. Does yours have a Sherman? I had a 541 with Sherman from the factory but sold it a year or so ago. This one doesn't have it, would be nice though as these things are geared a little fast in 1st and Rev. Do you have cultivator for yours? This one still has the operating rod from the rear and the pivot part, and I have the left and right mounting bars, but nothing from there to the ground. I also need to know exactly what kind of rear lights would have been on the tractor from the factory. Now has some oddball things on it.

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12-13-2004 11:03:24

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 I posted pics of the new piece in reply to Stan-in-AL, 12-13-2004 07:55:17  
Thought the Pete would make a good background.

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Hurley J. D.

12-11-2004 19:32:32

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 Re: Warning tag in reply to Stan-in-AL, 12-11-2004 19:04:00  
There was a drawbar that attached to the three point arms. This drawbar had some stay bars that attached to the top part of the three point hitch. This made the drawbar fixed. You were to place the 90 degree clip on the lift quadrant to keep from accidently picking the lift arms up and damaging the pump and the hydrulaics.

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12-12-2004 14:48:58

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 Re: Warning tag in reply to Hurley J. D., 12-11-2004 19:32:32  
Thanks, makes sense to me now. I thought it was probably a stop for the lift-control lever, but couldn"t figure out why the warning.

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12-11-2004 19:07:15

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 oh yeah, also in reply to Stan-in-AL, 12-11-2004 19:04:00  
Anybody know where I can look up the code on the tires to find out when they were made? I think this tractor has 3 original tires on it. It's a late '59 model, one of the last 50 or so 501/701/901 series made that year according to one of my Ford tractor books. S/N is 105888.
Thanks for any help.

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