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I put a new battery, 5 gallons of Hydraulic oil and two new tire and I have a working tractor. Engine runs reasonably well, Transmission works in all gears, Brakes work, Hydraulics work and it steers. I have $2,000.00 bucks in it, and I feel pretty good about things. The battery was an adventure, it takes a dauchsand battery, long, low & expensive.

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Nice find and glad to hear it is running. Never heard of that kind of battery. Is that a wooden 2x4 roll over bar on it?
 

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Nice find and glad to hear it is running. Never heard of that kind of battery. Is that a wooden 2x4 roll over bar on it?
The battery is 8" to the top of the post, a standard battery is 9 1/2". I found that out the hard way when I couldn't close the cowling cover. NAPA was very good about exchanging the wrong battery for the proper one. The roll over protection is 2" X 6" steel tube mounted to the axle housings next to the fender. Actually it is a nice bit of work somebody fabricated. No seat belts, so it would't help much. The reason I was attracted to this tractor is because there are so many of them out there, parts will never be a problem.
 

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My dad borrowed a ford 3000 years ago. It had the selec O speed transmission. It was a shift on the go deal. It worked great but I heard most were nothing but unrepairable headaches.

The people who owned it didnt take care of it. I tried to buy it about 15 years later. The people who owned it had died so their daughter was selling stuff off. Someone told her they would give her $3000 for it sight unseen. Well when they seen it they didnt want it for obvious reasons. I was trying to buy it for $800 but at that point she refused to take less then $3000 for it because someone told her he would give her $3000. I have no idea what ever happened to it. Probably went in for scrap.
 

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My dad borrowed a ford 3000 years ago. It had the selec O speed transmission. It was a shift on the go deal. It worked great but I heard most were nothing but unrepairable headaches.

The people who owned it didnt take care of it. I tried to buy it about 15 years later. The people who owned it had died so their daughter was selling stuff off. Someone told her they would give her $3000 for it sight unseen. Well when they seen it they didnt want it for obvious reasons. I was trying to buy it for $800 but at that point she refused to take less then $3000 for it because someone told her he would give her $3000. I have no idea what ever happened to it. Probably went in for scrap.
It has a 4 speed dual range transmission. You have to stop to shift. Bare bones tractor with no options, less stuff to break. It doesn't even have power steering.
 

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It has a 4 speed dual range transmission. You have to stop to shift. Bare bones tractor with no options, less stuff to break. It doesn't even have power steering.
I would have thought it had PS. Im not a big ford fan but they built some good tractors. Id like a ford 9000.
 

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Those old Ford tractors are like Atlas Craftsman lathes, functional and built for the masses. They are perhaps not the best machines out there, but there are literally millions of them all over the world. The other machines are much more task specific, these Fords where built to do everything. Jack of all trades master of none. There aren't any farms near me, so this tractor will work for mowing and grading roads just fine. My Case 440 is my workhorse, but it doesn't have a PTO. It has additional hydraulic connections, but all of the old "cheap" implements out there are PTO driven. That was one of the main reasons I bought this tractor.
 

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Those old Ford tractors are like Atlas Craftsman lathes, functional and built for the masses. They are perhaps not the best machines out there, but there are literally millions of them all over the world. The other machines are much more task specific, these Fords where built to do everything. Jack of all trades master of none. There aren't any farms near me, so this tractor will work for mowing and grading roads just fine. My Case 440 is my workhorse, but it doesn't have a PTO. It has additional hydraulic connections, but all of the old "cheap" implements out there are PTO driven. That was one of the main reasons I bought this tractor.
There is a lot on them that are similar to the old fords like the 9N. They took what worked and stuck with it. The 3000 my dad borrowed years ago had a 5ft rototiller on it. Thats why he borrowed it. It wasnt running and his buddy wanted to use it, it was his buddies grandpas tractor. My dad got it running and used it and then his buddy took it and used it. Then it went back to his grandpas where it ended up being mistreated and brought to a point of being beyond repair.

That tractor had no problem lifting the heavy rototiller and would work it all day in the heavy clay ground we have. That tractor really amazed me.

There pretty much like you said, a well built basic machine. Whats good though is they dont take much maintenance to properly care for them and there isn't much to go wrong.

So far Ive restored a IH, case david brown and the JD 2010 I'm doing now. Maybe a ford will be next.
 
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