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Ford 3600 Lift Issues

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06-24-2017 14:57:15

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Ford 2000; 3 cyl. gas; 4/1....I may have the opportunity to buy a Ford 3600 diesel 3 cylinder at a good price but the ad says the lift has just quit working. I'd like to upgrade from my 2000 to what I've read is a really good machine but am wondering what my exposure might be on a 'lift quit working' 3600. Assuming all else is working well on this 3600 what might the range of issues/costs be for a lift that has quit working? Worst case scenario??

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06-25-2017 04:55:45

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 Re: Ford 3600 Lift Issues in reply to marcusmerritt, 06-24-2017 14:57:15  
Well, I hate report that the tractor sold already before I could go look at it. Too good to last, no doubt. Many thanks for the detailed description of what could be problematic with the lift. Looks like I'll need to be satisfied (which I am) with my 2000 until another great bargain comes along and I have some cash in hand. Thanks.

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06-25-2017 01:45:27

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 Re: Ford 3600 Lift Issues in reply to marcusmerritt, 06-24-2017 14:57:15  
I wouldn't be afraid to take it on and $2500 sounds like a great price - if - the tires are decent and the tractor runs and drives good, tin is decent, no smoke, knocks, blowby, noisy gears, etc. Lack of hyd pressure could be a couple of things. The unloader valve might be stuck as Bern says or they could have bumped the suction line to the hyd pump so it's sucking air or the line could have pinholed from rust. That model has a gear pump so I think unlike the piston pump on your 2000 it should self prime - if it's not sucking air. It could be something so basic as a remote valve handle that got bumped and it's directing the oil through that circuit. Though items like live pto, PS, diff lock were still considered optional on a 3600, most of them came equipped with that way so it would be a significant upgrade from your 2000 with 4/1. It won't do any more work mind you but it will do it easier. The 6 or more likely 8 sp in it is a significant upgrade from your 4/1.
The tires and rims should be the same as on your 3000 so you could swap those if yours are better. The fenders are interchangeable too if yours are better. My first two 3 cyl tractors were a plain Jane 2000 and 3000, both with 4/1 trans and no other options. My tractor is actually a stealth 3600 with 3000 tin, etc and all the good options. I would not like to go back to the other ones I had.
A bit about worst case scenerios: A new double clutch is most of $400 and they do like to wear out the pto clutch first and a new hyd pump is about $400 as well. A new injector pump and injectors will run you most of $800 should you ever need them but I wouldn't worry about those if it starts and runs good now. A diesel starter is expensive too.
It's 3AM here and I can't sleep so sorry this got so long.

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06-24-2017 19:55:14

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 Re: Ford 3600 Lift Issues in reply to marcusmerritt, 06-24-2017 14:57:15  
I'm gonna go see the tractor tomorrow and quiz the owner on what happened with the lift. My thought is, for $2500, it might be worth it even if I have to put some money into the lift repair and I'd wind up with a very good tractor. Then, sell my 2000 gasser. I think it'll all depend on how the tractor cranks and drives to see if the risk is worth it. Are the lifts on the 3600 series tractors fairly simple to diagnose and repair? Thanks.

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06-24-2017 15:54:57

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 Re: Ford 3600 Lift Issues in reply to marcusmerritt, 06-24-2017 14:57:15  
If it doesn't do anything, it might be as simple as a stuck unload valve or a pump that lost prime.

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