Monday, January 26, 2015
The 8N has a Big Sister
We went and picked up the "new" tractor today. A 1962 Ford 861 Diesel. Purchased in Hannibal, Missouri new off the lot with power steering, Live PTO and external hydraulics. The 860's and 960 Powermasters were the largest most powerful Ford tractors you could buy that still came in the old red and gray color scheme, after these "01" series models Ford went to the Blue and White scheme. 48 horse power off the three point, 60 HP engine output and supposedly rated at a maximum 1200 pounds lift from the three point but I don't plan on ever testing the seals that high myself.
On the way home with her we stopped a couple of times to check the tie down straps and at each point we had an audience coming to check her out. Two gentlemen even told me Ford never made a diesel before 1965. They were really surprised when I told them they actually made an LP version of the "01" series as well.
The LP version is next on my list :)
Finding an old reliable diesel tractor around here is next to impossible. Finding one you can drive on to the trailer and drive off for under $2500.00? Well I couldn't turn that deal down. I could more than likely turn around and resell her right now as she sits for double the money. I haven't seen a small diesel go for less than 4K in years and those were in much worse shape and much harder to find parts for.
She has some rust but nothing that can't be fixed. The Red paint on the body parts tends to fade and rust faster than the gray so most of the red is gone. There is one lug on the back right side rim that is broken off and the starter button was replaced without removing the panel so it has to be twisted with a pair of vise grips sometimes.
Other than that she runs like a friggin top. Starts right up, I have even personally seen her start at under 15 degrees without being plugged in only waiting about 30 seconds for the elements to heat up. The seat has been bounced around in so much that I am going to have to figure something out because I am much longer legged than the former owner and it's damned uncomfortable for me to operate her as it is. The throttle also tends to power down from the vibration so I held her back with a bungee cord.
I plan on slowly getting her repaired, repainted and cleaned up. Compared to how much use she has been put to on a regular basis this place is going to feel like a retirement home to her and she even has her little sister to share the duties with.
Tomorrow I will begin trying to figure out how I am going to stick her into the barn.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!