Saturday, July 18, 2015
My 861 Lives Again!!!!
I decided today was going to be the day to work on the 861 and find out why she wouldn't fire a lick when I hit the starter. Honestly I am still not totally sure what was wrong with her specifically as I did find one ground wire that had come loose and I cleaned some corrosion off the starter button contacts. She fired right up though as soon as I messed with her.
I shut her off immediately and checked the oil and it looked really low until I figured out that it wasn't the oil that was low but my failing old age eyesight and I over filled her a bit. Not enough to hurt anything I hope but enough that I had some foaming up out of the dipstick shaft. I really hate it when I do shit like that but I am always so paranoid about keeping the oil levels filled. It's also especially bad with this tractor since I have zero experience with an old diesel.
We also got around to ordering the complete service manual for her today as well. I been putting off that bit of purchase longer than I should have. After I get the fencing and baling project done this old girl is scheduled for some restoration love before Winter sets in.
Tomorrow I have an appointment to go look at an old Ford square baler and if I purchase it then I maybe looking at getting some of our own hay cut this next week. The guy selling the baler is a co-worker and the original owner and I know the gentleman well enough to trust that anything he owns mechanical runs as good now as the day he took it home so I would say the chances are pretty good I will be buying it.
I might be putting this entire old farm equipment adventure to the acid test by next weekend. To be honest I will be completely amazed if it all works as hoped for though. I might easily start throwing sickle mower parts all over the county and breaking off rake and baler teeth like water too. Either that or one of the tractors will decide to stop working in the middle of it. So far though everything seems to be in good working order as near as I can tell with my lack of actual hands on experience.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!