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#1 twostep OFFLINE  

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Posted August 01, 2013 - 11:18 PM

Look what followed me home tonight. :D  John Deere 400 with a 60" deck and it has been repowered with a Yanmar 3cyl gas engine out of a 322. Engine has roughly 600 hours on it (according to the PO, which is the guy that did the repower and had ALREADY sold me the tractor). This thing is a beast. It has power steering, 3 hydraulic circuits, the paint is really nice (for a worker), hood is solid, no rust, and the deck is huge, heavy and SOLID. I have a couple of finishing touches to do before I'll be happy with it. There are no guages on it as of now... the upper radiator hose needs to be replaced... no battery tiedown... some of the wiring is substandard... the rad has an electic fan instead of the 332's stock mechanical and that would be fine except it's not on a thermostat and there is no temp guage to keep an eye on the temp. The PO gave me the 322's mechanical fan, the mid-lift cylinder and the power steering cylinder. It starts and runs smooth as butter. All of the tires are good enough but will be replaced when serious FEL work begins... Oh yeah, this is going to be my FEL GT unless I find a really good reason not to.

 

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Posted August 01, 2013 - 11:54 PM

congrats!



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 06:13 AM

Nice tractor! Should do the job!


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Posted August 02, 2013 - 06:15 AM

Should make a good loader. Power steering and a solid front axle are 2 things in it's favour. I'd give the steering and axle /spindles a good inspection and replace any worn bushings, tie rod ends etc before putting the loader on it.


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Posted August 02, 2013 - 06:22 AM

Can you get a pic under the hood I would like to see how well that Yanmar fits in there


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Posted August 02, 2013 - 06:39 AM

Great find! You'll have a nice set up when you get it done .

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 08:18 AM

Twostep:  Nice tractor, and as others said, it should handle a Front End Loader great. Would love to have a FEL, but can't afford it, really don't have a use for one, and don't have a place to store it. But would still love to have one.

 

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 08:22 AM

2 more pics of his new ride:

 

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 08:58 AM

Thanks guys. I had to drive to BFE, Ohio to get it but the price was right. I talked him down to $900 so I think I got a pretty good deal.There is some play in the steering but it pretty much all in the steering box, the tie rods seem pretty tight but of course I haven't even gotten it off the trailer yet. I will tell you one thing, this thing is FAST. High range is almost dangerous!

 

I really like things that look normal but are actually very different (ask me about my jeep  ) so this 400 fits me well. The repower was actually done better than I expected but there are a few things that weren't done to my standards so I will likely tear this thing to the ground and do it up right.

 

The yanmar is pretty tight for one reason, in the 322 the rad is behind the engine and uses a mechanical fan. But as you can see in the pictures I attached, there is a bump out between the engine and dash tower on the 322 that the 400 and 430 don't have. Of course the 430 has the extra room up front. Since the rad won't fit behind the engine the PO pulled the mechanical fan off, put the rad up front with an automotive electric fan.  I'll get some pic's of the actual engine bay after work.

 

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 09:54 AM

Great Score on that one! I will make a good loader tractor.



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 10:15 AM

I would think you could place a fan thermostat in the engine's thermostat housing.  Or possibly place it into the radiator's drain cock fitting.  The radiator in my MF 1655D has it's fan thermostat in the lower end of the radiator, so placing it into the drain fitting should work fine.  My radiator came out of a John Deere Gator.


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Posted August 02, 2013 - 10:44 AM

Part number for the JD radiator thermal switch is:  VG11759  It's a bit over $50 though!



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 11:27 AM

Is that the switch that goes in the top rad hose housing on the engine? If so, there is one already there but I haven't gotten into the wiring to see what it goes to.



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 11:35 AM

No, this one goes into the lower end of the radiator that cycles the cooling fan.  I figure what you are speaking of goes to the "HOT" indicator light, but I'm not sure.

 

Edited to add:  Yes, the switch you have at the water thermostat housing is the "HOT" light switch.



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Posted August 02, 2013 - 12:15 PM

How did you find that out? I need to find some liturature on both the 400 and the 322!






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