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8N and 861 questions

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Mr. T. Minnesota

01-11-2021 17:33:48

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I am considering purchasing a 861 Ford from a private collection.

The price seems workable. Question is can I remove the Dearborn front end loader from the 8N and attach it to the 861? Are they close to the same size? Questioned the owner of the 861 asking if the shifting mechanism was in good condition. In research I have done it seems to hint the shifter from 3rd to reverse may be a problem. Any and all info is appreciated.

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Ultradog MN

01-12-2021 01:25:29

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 Re: 8N and 861 questions in reply to Mr. T. Minnesota, 01-11-2021 17:33:48  
Good info from Strum456 below.
Some loaders were made to fit both the Ns and the Hundreds but I doubt the old pipe frame Dearborns will. The Hundreds are longer and the hood on them - the 800 tractors especially, is quite a bit higher. With a torch and welder the longer part wouldn't be too hard to adapt but the frame that crosses over the hood would likely make the swap unfeasible.

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01-11-2021 20:29:55

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 Re: 8N and 861 questions in reply to Mr. T. Minnesota, 01-11-2021 17:33:48  
I doubt the loader will interchange without a lot of work. 3rd / reverse will tend to get the most use. If possible, try to test every gear while going down a grade. Sharply let off the throttle and see if it pops out.

An 860 is a serious upgrade over an 8n. Definitely worth considering.

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