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#1 Cvans ONLINE  

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 07:38 PM

It's gotten to where the 850 Ford tractor is just to big to load and unload on my skid steer trailer. With the loader and bush hog it is just toooo much of a load. I like the older tractors so I started looking for something else to mow with. I wanted a diesel, 3pt, pto, and wide front end. After doing some research I settled on this 1960 Fordson Dexta. They are fairly common in some parts of the country and parts seem to be available which I consider important. This is going to be a long term project to fill in between others. My concerns now lie with getting all the fluids changed and checking all the systems out. It did run very good with no signs of blow by. All gears are quiet as is the PTO. I've only run it about 20 minutes so far which doesn't allow for much in the way of feedback. Tomorrow I hope to get the oil and filters change and run it more.


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Posted March 07, 2012 - 07:49 PM

Nice Fordson! Looks like a great size too. good luck with her! :thumbs:
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 07:50 PM

Chris, nice looking complete tractor! As I understand, basically the same as a Ford 2000 diesel? Are you going to restore/refurb, or just freshen up a bit?
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 08:30 PM

Looks like it will be a good working tractor! I bet you could make that into a good size dump truck... lol. Can't wait to see what you do with it!
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 08:36 PM

Are you going to restore/refurb, or just freshen up a bit?

I would like to get it looking nice and in good usable condition. I'm thinking of repainting it and new seat covers. I don't want to make it too nice or I'll be scared to take it out and get it dirty.
This one has the three cylinder Perkins Diesel. I haven't run it enough to know if the hour meter works but the tack does and it looks to have aged about right. If the tack is correct it only has 1000 hours on it. It was used by a cabinet shop to move saw dust so the hours could be correct. The right rear tire is an 11-28 and they haven't used that sizing for many years. It still has 90% of the tread on it and no weather cracks so I would guess that it has been kept inside.
Sometimes I too much of an optimist. So far this time it's looking pretty good.

I bet you could make that into a good size dump truck... lol.

I got a good laugh out of that one :p Thanks.

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 08:42 PM

That looks like a good work horse of a tractor! Those Fordsons are tough beasts, at least the older ones were. It looks to be in decent shape...and hey, someone already started the restoration for you, That grill and nose piece look great! Nice score. I hope that it's everything you need it to be!
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 09:06 PM

Nice looking Fordson. So far, it sounds like just what you wanted.

Thanks for the pictures, cant wait to see the pics of her earning her keep.
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Posted March 07, 2012 - 11:00 PM

I've never heard a bad word about those Perkins engines, congratulations :thumbs:
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Posted March 08, 2012 - 05:24 AM

That's a good looking Fordson you have.
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Posted March 08, 2012 - 07:23 PM

Got to spend some time with the Fordson Dexta (Dixy) today and she seems to be a keeper. Couple of small problems are apparent, one leaking axle seal that is making the break grab, and a gasket leaking on the auxiliary pump. The seat is attached rigidly to the transom and my back can't take that. So my first modification will be installing a different seat. Starts and runs very well. There is some play in the steering but not bad. My biggest expense is going to be replacing one of the rear tires. It has an 11-28 on one side and a 12.4-28 on the other. the 12.4 is a brand new tire so the 11-28 goes. Tractor sets lop sided and the differential isn't pulling evenly. Get these things taken care of she should be ready to go to work. I can't believe how quiet these Ford-Perkins engines are. Hardly any rattle.

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Posted March 08, 2012 - 09:09 PM

That is a nice work tractor. Glad it doesn't have too many issues. Congrats on a good find.
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