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01-04-2021 07:53:12

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I have much respect for your opinion on the Fordson forum. I have a couple of Dextas for parts tractors and 2 Super Dexta that are runners, one of which I gave to one of my 12-year old grandsons for Christmas. He used the Super Dexta this past Fall helping me with hay and loved it.

I recall from years ago when these tractors were relative new the first Dextas had transmission and/or rear end gear problems. If my memory as a teenager is right when was this problem solved and what did they do for the "fix"?
One of my parts tractors seems to be in usable condition except the engine has a freeze crack on the side of the block. Do you know of anyone putting a 203 Perkins 4-cylinder in a Dexta and what are the pros and cons of this type engine swap? I have a 4-203 engine I could use to make the conversion.

I'm eager to hear your opinion and comments.

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01-04-2021 14:39:00

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 Re: Majorman in reply to agjim, 01-04-2021 07:53:12  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeThe picture looks like it's at a Fordson show. Is that a 302 Ford V-8 in that Dexta? Is it yours?

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01-05-2021 01:00:04

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 Re: Majorman in reply to agjim, 01-04-2021 14:39:00  
No, it belongs to a member of the Blue Force Club over here. It is a Mitsubishi, I think.

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01-04-2021 08:21:31

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 Re: Majorman in reply to agjim, 01-04-2021 07:53:12  
The gearbox selector problem is a pretty easy fix by building up the bottom of the gear stick with weld and reshaping it to fit. That was the normal cure. After-market gear sticks are available but I have not heard good reports of the ones over here.

The main cause of the problem was people "cutting corners" of the "H" pattern when shifting gears and trying to rush. My Dexta is 1960 and still shifts like a new one so must have had a good owner before me.

As regards the engine, I have not seen a 4-203 Perkins fitted but I am sure it is possible with a bit of work. Do not forget that a Dexta engine block is designed to be part of the frame of the tractor and is stressed to take such loadings. Most people here use the MF35 or 135 engines, three cylinder tractor engines, so there is no problem with stresses or length. I think on the 4-203 you might need a sub-frame.

If your Dexta is after 1960 you could also find a Standard Industrial petrol engine to fit. They were used in M-H 701 balers at one time.

Or, perhaps, try this. ;0)

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01-04-2021 08:33:02

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 Re: Majorman in reply to Majorman, 01-04-2021 08:21:31  
The only problem with gears I remember was due to them not having enough gears in the working range, this was changed fairly early on around 1960 so is not a problem on your Super Dexta or Dexta after that year.

I did have a needle roller bearing fail last year in my Live Drive gearbox, a real pain to get to as the tractor had to be split in three pieces to get to a 1.00 bearing and finding one was a bit difficult. In the end I found a supplier who still stocks them for other uses. Still it had done since 1960 so I suppose it was not too bad.

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01-04-2021 09:26:25

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 Re: Majorman in reply to Majorman, 01-04-2021 08:33:02  
Thanks for your opinion and comments. I will investigate my options.

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