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Re: 6000 project, update #6, almost done!

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Al Baker(pumpman)

09-22-2019 09:07:18




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I always had a soft spot for the commander 6000 look, and that one sure looks nice! My first tractor was just like that, but the wide front was the set back style. I traded it on a bigger horse a few years later. I found it in a salvage yard 20 years later. Bought it, and brought it home to find the torque limiting spline had stripped. She doesn't look as pretty as yours, but still gets used each summer and will be here as long as I still am caption of this ship. I plowed many a field with it, and a mounted 4/16 plow. With the front tires 8-10 inches in the air from one end of the field to the other. Acre after acre. I pulled a 14 foot Keewanee disk also. No way anyone will ever convince me the select o speed trans was bad. I had the pump turned up and it would blow a 8 inch flame out the exhaust at night. I pulled her guts out each time I turned the key on. I also pulled a two row 780 Allis chopper when filling silo. Those 6000 commanders where a hard pulling tractor. I wonder how things would have played out if the early red 6000 train wreck hadn't happened. The Commanders were good looking and fun to drive. Al

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Bern

09-22-2019 09:29:48




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 Re: 6000 project, update #6, almost done! in reply to Al Baker(pumpman), 09-22-2019 09:07:18  
It's pretty safe to say that the 6000 would have been a lot more popular had it not been for the issues of the original models. It's one thing to have problems in only one area of the machine, like say the transmission. But when they were re-worked at the factory or dealership and went from red to blue, almost everything was gone through and updated!

It surprises me still, to this day, that Ford was so careless with the introduction of the 6000 in 1961, after what happened to the first SOS trans in 1959, and of course the Edsel in 1957. I think management must have had more money than brains back then.

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Al Baker(pumpman)

09-22-2019 09:56:04




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 Re: 6000 project, update #6, almost done! in reply to Bern, 09-22-2019 09:29:48  
I think as a whole(company) Ford was used to success stories. If their engineers drew it up it had to be good. They hadn't felt much failure. Still don't understand what took them out of business? Everywhere you look Ford tractors seem to have sold well. I know they were slow to build large frame tractors but they did build a good product. Al



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Bern

09-22-2019 12:24:43




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 Re: 6000 project, update #6, almost done! in reply to Al Baker(pumpman), 09-22-2019 09:56:04  
At some point in time, the Ford Tractor Division became the red-headed step child within the Ford Motor Company, and it showed with some of the machines that they came out with, like the TW series - there was clearly some engineering laziness going on there. It's too bad that they didn't give it more support like old Henry did.

Of course, Fiat hasn't done the division any good either in my opinion.

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