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What year is this tractor?

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11-28-2017 15:49:59

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I am in the market for a tractor for less then $5000 and something with 60 to 70 HP to do snow blowing in the winter, and some field work in the summer, and everyone seems to recommend the Ford 5000 as the best buy for your money for an older tractor. I found this 5000 at an auction coming soon, and I was wondering what year it was? Also, in the 5000 series, which was more reliable and a better tractor, the gas version or the diesel? By looking at this, it looks like a diesel.

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Sean in PA

11-29-2017 07:47:17

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 Re: What year is this tractor? in reply to chas036, 11-28-2017 15:49:59  
If it has power steering, which it probably does, a picture from the other side would help narrow down the year some. The earlier p/s system had the cylinder under the nose of the tractor and the lines from the pump went forward to the control valve built into the cylinder. The later design (started 9/1/70) had the cylinder integrated inside the steering column and the lines from the pump went back to the steering column. So if the p/s lines go forward form the pump it would have been made from 4/68-8/70, and if the lines go back toward the steering column it was made on or after 9/1/70. Not much changed after 9/1/70, so it wouldn't matter much exactly when it was made if it has the later p/s design.

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11-28-2017 17:22:34

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 Re: What year is this tractor? in reply to chas036, 11-28-2017 15:49:59  
5000ís are great tractors. But any Ford with an 8x2 transmission is a poor choice for a rear facing snow blower. The 2 reverse choices are too fast, and too slow.

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11-29-2017 09:45:40

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 Re: What year is this tractor? in reply to RickB, 11-28-2017 17:22:34  
I would think that you would want a slow reverse speed for snow blowing with a 3 point blower.

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11-28-2017 16:51:26

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 Re: What year is this tractor? in reply to chas036, 11-28-2017 15:49:59  
Wow, does that 5000 bring back a lot of memories. As stated, it has the English fenders. We had a '72 English 5000 on the farm when I was growing up. Head lights in the grill, and same fenders. Stock was 72 hp. We put an M&W turbo on which dyno'd at 90 hp. Tractor came with 4-16" plow. Just played with that plow. I loved to work with that tractor.

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11-28-2017 16:24:44

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 Re: What year is this tractor? in reply to chas036, 11-28-2017 15:49:59  
Hi. I would not be much help on the year by just the picture. I am sure someone will be able to help get you a close year. It would be nice if you could call the auction company and get the numbers off the tractor then we could pin point the year, even month and day and shift built. I have a Ford 5000 diesel and it is a great tractor! Just the fuel economy of a diesel compared to a gas makes diesel my choice. I have a Ford 3000 gas and sure wish it was diesel. I would definitely go with diesel for many reasons!!!

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Destroked 450

11-28-2017 16:18:48

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 Re: What year is this tractor? in reply to chas036, 11-28-2017 15:49:59  
Models with smooth side hood like that one where built from 4/68 to 75, should be the stronger 256 engine but actual build date would help.

Has English fenders and foot boards.

There's 3 rolls of numbers on the flat pad behind the starter, if you can post them we could help you more.

Photo of the left side would also help.

It is a diesel.

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11-28-2017 16:58:55

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 Re: What year is this tractor? in reply to Destroked 450, 11-28-2017 16:18:48  
Since it is English version, does that make getting parts harder or the quality worst then the American version? On a diesel, what is the most expensive thing that can be wrong with it? Are pistons in sleeves or they directly in the block?

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11-28-2017 20:29:45

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 Re: What year is this tractor? in reply to chas036, 11-28-2017 16:58:55  
It's a "world tractor", no difference in parts, unless British assembled models use Lucas electrics. But they are still interchangeable. The pistons run in the block bores, unless there has been a rebuild with pressed-in dry sleeves. Most expensive damage could be water leaks through the bore walls. Another expensive thing is the injector pump, which can be rebuilt for a reasonable fee. Power steering?

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