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Posted October 30, 2011 - 09:36 PM

Chris, looks to be in good shape. Who knows, you may find just bad rings, blown head gasket or something else fixable.

Good luck and we'll be watching. :D

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Posted October 31, 2011 - 04:39 AM

That's a nice looking Ford there.

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Posted October 31, 2011 - 05:03 AM

Things you may find needing attention; steering box, (easy to repair/rebuild) front axle pivot, this is a gimme! It will be wallowed out at the frame ,the axle has bushings. Also check the rear frame where the tubes meet the rear section, could have a cracked vertical weld. Everything on these rigs is pretty easy to fix too.
Kubota D600-772 series will fit like a glove too, don't even need to fool with the drive shaft it bolts right to the crank.
Only issue is where to put a fuel tank, I made my left fender pocket into a fuel tank, it holds 3 gallons exact.
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Posted October 31, 2011 - 05:04 AM

You are correct on the motor mounts. They can be found easily enough.
I just grabbed a frame pic so you would have an idea of what they looked like, knew it wasn't the correct frame for yours, but close. A bit different, yet stout. Be sure to look closely where the welds are at the rear of the tubes, where the sheet metal goes down for the axle. They have a tendency to crack there. Don't remember who right now, but a pic was posted with braces added from one of the axle bolts back up to the tubes just behind the dash area. I will do that on my frame when I get to fixing the crack in mine. These are a limited slip rear end, also. Both back tires were digging in when pushing a dirt pile.
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Posted October 31, 2011 - 10:45 AM

You guys have a couple of nice looking tractors. Maybe some day mine will look that good.
If I go diesel on this I'm thinking it will be another air-cooled. I have 3 water-cooled running now. I've an itch that needs scratching when it comes to the Chinese air cooled engines. Would like to find out for myself if they are what they are cracked up to be.

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Posted October 31, 2011 - 06:05 PM

Chris, sounds good to me. It's your tractor, make it run your way. If you weren't so far away, I call dibs on the original engine. You'll have it looking good in no time. Have fun.

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Posted October 31, 2011 - 09:14 PM

congrats on the new ford , they are nice tractors and i too think one of those chinese deisels would be a nice option , you may have issues with that the stock kohlers in theses are run off the flywheel side of the engine and your attachment clutch is run off the crank so if the new engine turn the same way as the kohler you will have to find a way to attach the drive shaft to the new engines flywheel
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Posted October 31, 2011 - 10:18 PM

Making it work is the best part of the fun. I don't think machining an adapter will be too difficult but tomorrow when I have the tractor here I can start planning more in earnest. I hope to have some photos tomorrow evening. Thanks for your input.

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Posted November 01, 2011 - 08:39 PM

The metal is straight and the Tractor appears complete. There is some broken plastic on the tunnel. I have yet to figure our where the exhaust comes out. It was getting dark so I unloaded it out by the shop and hope to dig into it tomorrow. Operators manuals were included for both the tractor and the deck:thumbs:
I've never seen a tractor seat with just one arm rest before.

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Posted November 01, 2011 - 09:26 PM

Really Nice Ford Chris, Looking forward to the report.
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Posted November 02, 2011 - 03:07 AM

Wow! That rig is mint! Very nice .

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 07:22 AM

I have yet to figure our where the exhaust comes out.

The stock location is through the grill. Nice looking 165, it has a neat bumper on it, I thought about making one like that.

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 07:26 AM

Looks like a keeper. Lots better looking than mine was. Watching for updates.

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 05:49 PM

Well I managed to get the Kohler running. Was smoking up a storm so I drove it outside to take a picture and the rod broke:rolleyes: Was hoping to get a photo of all the smoke but no go. Anyway I did get to check the hydro (both ranges) and the lift and they both work fine so this looks like a good candidate for a diesel conversion. I can't believe how much free space there is between the engine and the hood. Shouldn't have to cut any holes in the top of this hood. Cooling Ducts could be a challenge though.

Steering isn't too bad but I'm going to pull the front axle as there is excess play there.
I have never seen a deck that was as hard to remove as this one. Quite a hand full. The rest of the tractor seems to be pretty well thought out and I think it will make a nice garden tractor when done.

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 06:13 PM

Nice looking Ford Chris! Shame the rod tossed on you though, and so early into your maiden voyage too.




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