I was led to believe that the S model HT23 had to have speed control, power steering, transmission cooler, and an HT23 decal on the lower right front corner of the hood. My 1987 has all but the trannie cooler, so I figured it was a northern version. Then I got a 2389S owners manual from October of 1986 (FORM 3899-1 (10/86) SUPERSEDES 3899). It shows the speed control and power steering unit, but adds a note on page 12 (under the transmission hot light section) "If the heat indicator light comes on frequently... ...we recommend the installation of a oil cooler kit." So, that makes my '87 a standard 2389S.
Last summer I picked up my ugly duckling which, surprisingly, runs and drives like a new machine. It has power steering and the oil cooler, but no speed control or front decal. The engine appears to be a dealer replacement and the tractor model is worn off. All I can read is part of the serial #, which is 0200. I assumed it was an upgraded 2389 until the PO found his original paperwork and sent me a package. In it is a 2389S (3899) manual from May of '83. It shows the power steering unit and has the same note about the oil cooler, but the instrument description and dash view doesn't include speed control. So, does that mean I have both early and late versions of the S model HT23?
Let the discussion begin.
Edited by Paulgo, May 31, 2017 - 02:05 PM.