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#1 SearsYellow OFFLINE  

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Posted January 08, 2013 - 03:08 PM

I swapped to this for a 1997 Cub Cadet 7193. It's twice the tractor and I am pleased with the trade. i was kind of nervous about trading due to the fuel economy (Diesel vs gas) but truly theres not a HUGE difference.

 

Just tell you some of the things I have done to it.

 

- Bought the brackets and moved the sway chains back to their original position

- Changed all fluids. 22 quarts all together (8 rear end)(8 hydraulic)(6 tranmission)

- Coated the inside of the gas tank with 'Red Kote'

- Replaced the switch (lost the key within a hour of owning it)

 

 

Needs

 

- Oil Pan Gasket

- Belly pan gakets (for hydraulic and tranny)

 

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Posted January 08, 2013 - 03:42 PM

Congrats! that looks like a great machine! I love the grill (Classy) :thumbs:



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Posted January 08, 2013 - 03:59 PM

She's a little rough around the edges but she's a great running machine. I pulled a 2 16" disc plow (pictured) and stayed around 1500-2000 rpms the whole time.


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Posted January 08, 2013 - 06:09 PM

Looks like a nice workhorse.. Congrats on the trade..



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Posted January 08, 2013 - 06:38 PM

my 600 has done all I have ever asked of it. My friend has a 641 like that and we show them them together

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Posted January 08, 2013 - 06:44 PM

Good looking old tractor. Bet you get many more years of service from it!



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Posted January 11, 2013 - 11:09 AM

Great looking tractor, Hope you are still enjoying it!

 

HEY!  I just saw that your plow is actually a DISC plow!  Have you compared that to a moldboard type, and how do you like the disc plow?


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Posted January 11, 2013 - 11:21 AM

Yeah the Disc Plow interests me too. Never have seen one used up here. What conditions make it a better choice than a mouldboard plow? I noticed that the Tuff-Tractor  features a Disc plow and it's built in the Carolinas.


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Posted January 11, 2013 - 02:54 PM

Yeah the Disc Plow interests me too. Never have seen one used up here. What conditions make it a better choice than a mouldboard plow? I noticed that the Tuff-Tractor  features a Disc plow and it's built in the Carolinas.

What I heard from Dad growing up, and saw the plow do, is that the discs tend to ride up and over rocks, roots, and things they hit in the ground, where the moldboard plow will tend to dig in, or simply come to an abrupt stop and break things.  I know the disc plow really depends on that rear wheel to counter the sideways force generated by the discs.  I get the impression that the disc plow is a little more difficult to dial in than a moldboard.  Be interesting to hear from another user.


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Posted January 11, 2013 - 08:45 PM

Thanks Harold! That may be why they are not seen around here. There are rocky areas in Iowa, but the glaciers did not get this far south in this part of the state and the ones that did had been ground down to gravel. The predominate rock in the area is limestone and it is deep enough it is  underground mined since it is not near the surface.



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Posted January 11, 2013 - 10:11 PM

I used a Moldboard plow and I actually prefer my disc plow. The place I plant my garden is beside of a patch of woods and the moldboard plow kept getting caught over roots but the disc plow cut right thru the roots. This plow weighs somewhere around 400-500 lbs and once it digs theres not a lot that gets in it's way. I don't have a really rocky soil so I wouldn't know about rocks. I wish I took pictures but the plow cut thru a root that was about 4 inches thick and I didn't even know when it cut it. 

 

I was trying to get rid of the tractor but I changed my after watching a tractor parade that happens locally. I noticed that there was more Ford 601s in the parade than any other tractor. I figured if theres that many still around they can not be bad tractors. Plus If I traded for another tractor It seems I am always trading for another mans troubles.

 

I have been working on LEAKs for the past few days. Yesterday I replaced the oil pan gasket and put gasket sealer around a plate on the bottom of the transmission. Tonight I went outside and drained the hydraulic reservoir and removed the bottom plate. After removing the plate I cleaned it with aceton and traced the edges gasket sealer. When replacing the plate I also found a plug on the side of the Hydraulic reservoir that was leaking and I took it out and placed gasket sealer on the threads and replaced. Tomorrow I am replacing the hoses from the oil bath container to the carb. There is a piece that's leaking behind the left brake lock but I can't find where it's coming from. I bought a PTO cover off of Ebay last night. I am hoping to buy a new set of tires sometime in the middle of this year. 500-700 dollars is hard for me to spend. After new tires everything will basically be brand new. The guy before me bought a brand new carb, distributor, points, plug wires, radiator, fuel cut off, switch, new gas line, new spark plugs, new tachometer and amp meter.


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Posted January 12, 2013 - 06:42 AM

Congrats,great looking tractor.I sure do like those old Ford tractors.



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 05:39 PM

Great choice.  There is a fully restored 601 here in town.  I will try to get pics.  That is essentially the same tractor as the Golden Jubilee.

 

If I were to pick up an old gas-powered lowboy tractor to take care of an acreage this would be my pick.

 

 

Are you familiar with this site? http://www.oldfordtr...m/idhistory.htm

 
 
The tractor from town is the one on the left...
 
 

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Posted January 12, 2013 - 05:49 PM

Has your tractor been converted to 12 volts, or is that a 6 volt alternator? 

 

It's hard to kill those old Fords!  ...I have a '53 NAA (Golden Jubilee) and a '55 640.

 

Disc plows are not very common in New Jersey.  .....Most plows are moldboards.



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Posted January 13, 2013 - 10:03 AM

 I have the same type rig , but larger , mine is the 801 series . This tractor is such a gem I could never part with him . My son will use this tractor and he is only a month old right now!

 On your vertical pipe , you can add another muffler there too with out any issues and it will be literally stealth!! Mine is so quiet it is a joy to run all day long .

   Here is a video of him working on our pulling test track.


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