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Dean    Posted 10-31-2018 at 13:09:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Loosin' Interest
  • Folks, the barn has turned orange, I'm getting old, and loosing interest in working on old tractors.

    Yesterday, my low hour 52 with Sherman combination let me down while I was dragging ash trees to brush piles for future burning.

    After shutting it down for a few minutes to cut up and stack, the starter just clunked when I tried to restart it. OK, no problem, it's on a hill and I can push it enough to get it to roll downhill and bump start it. Then I can finish my ash work without shutting it off, drive it to the barn and find out what's wrong. Nope, tires just slid even in OD 4th. Maybe, the starter drive is locked into the ring gear???

    Walked to barn, got one of the orange tractors with FEL and 4-in-1 bucket to finish brush work then pulled the 52 onto the pavement. Working alone so time consuming to tow tractor to pavement. Maybe can unlock starter drive by rocking tractor back and forth in OD 4th. Nope.

    Towed 52 to barn with orange tractor. Challenging as needed to first tow uphill and then downhill. Transmissions (both) in neutral, brakes set to drag a bit to prevent to overhauling orange tractor. Pull a few feet, dismount to correct steering on 52, repeat. Time consuming. Finally, in barn shop on concrete so able to push it around into position for working. OK, inside before coming rain so enough for yesterday.

    Loosened starter bolts and able to unlock starter drive from flywheel. Locked hard. Pulled oil filter canister to enable removal of starter. OEM starter drive looks good. Not good.

    Both starter and starter drive functional but armature turns hard. Perhaps this had something to do with inability to unlock starter drive by rocking tractor?

    Damn. Locked starter caused OEM metal round can solenoid to fail. No place to get one of these anymore.

    Double damn. Starter connection stud twisted off when removing copper bus bar even though little torque required. Need to disassemble starter to replace stud and inspect bushings so might as well rebuild.

    Better inspect ring gear teeth. Triple damn. Couple of worn teeth on ring gear where starter drive locked. Not too bad, though. Maybe combination of teeth and tight bushing in starter caused lock?

    Will overhaul starter drive, replace solenoid with replacement solenoid visually different from OEM solenoid, clean up ring gear teeth with files and reassemble.

    I have more than enough orange ones with warranties to do the work, have lost interest in working on old tractors, so am not going to do so anymore.

    Looks like the 52 is going to go on the block along with the 860 and, probably, the loaded 64 4000 SOS, which was going to be my retirement project.

    Priorities change.


    AL CT    Posted 11-01-2018 at 16:26:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Me too.
  • Funny and sad you mention you're loosin' interest. At 71 I'm tired of working every day around the property. Just finished a three day project to put in a drain to stop water from flooding lower property. I'm reaching my limit on projects to tackle. talking with the wife, we both agree it time to pack it in and move to the Carolina's and buy a town house. Give the 2N to my son, as it was my fathers he purchased new in 1944. Sell the 2520 JD and other "toys". I have a 1930 Model A Tudor for sale. Barns full, I'm tired. Anyone close to Brooklyn, CT interested in any or all Ford Tractor parts, I'll make a great package deal for someone. I must have 30-40 pounds of pamphlets on Ford Tractors plus parts. Email is open. AL CT
    Dean, I sorry if I hijacked your posting with my comments.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-01-2018 at 08:06:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Losing interest is a common occurrence with any 'hobby' regardless of one's age and the reasons all vary. Old age is a top reason as it often brings on health issues. Arthritis is a big one. Folks also move on to other interests, or lack the time, money, and motivation. Many of us have gone thru the change. One only has to recall some of the old handles and names of previous members who were once regulars on the boards over the years. Perhaps this is one reason why the overall interest in vintage tractors and equipment in general has dropped considerably in the past ten years. It's sad to say, but we may be the last generation to have any interest at all as very few younger people are involved with anything antique now. If it ain't got a computer, they can't operate it. BTW -What year is your 860? I may be interested in it email is open.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Larry TX    Posted 11-01-2018 at 10:41:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I hear what Dean is saying also Tim as I'm about to turn 74 and I've lost most all interest in continuing to work on (twisting wrenches anymore) my collection of vintage tractors (2 Fords, 2 Farmall's, 3 JD's and 5 Fergusons & MF's). I'm also gett'n that same way with the 2 vintage jeeps and the old classic Chevy & GMC trucks. Though I still enjoy drivi'n 'em all, even if it is becoming more difficult to get on and off of 'em, I don't know if it's the older age kick'n in or what.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 11-01-2018 at 04:52:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have an orange interloper that came home. B7500 with FEL and back loader.
    It came with a tiller and brush hog. The hog got sold because the 871 Gold came with a hog on it when I bought it. The 871 also has an FEL tha will go up about nine feet in the air compared to the 5, 6? feet of the Orange toy.
    The orange toy is usually the 'Go-To' machine due primarily to the hydro-static trans and invariably I need the FEL. The wife has her Frgy TO-20 with many gears to play with when tilling her garden and a few more projects.
    Loose interest? Not yet. I still have the 881D that needs the engine put together and repaint the 871 from blue lousy overcoat back to original gold.
    there are a few other toys out there and I am not done yet. Soon maybe, not yet.
    Using the old machinery can be a PITA when it breaks, but it is cheaper to fix than a new machine and easier to work on.

    steveVa    Posted 10-31-2018 at 14:02:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Dean, I hear you, and I hate it when that happens. A simple task turns into a day.
    I use my orange one to do most lifting and dragging, but still enjoy pulling the blade with the '52 and pulling the wagon with the Jube. They get used less and less some times, but the kids still love it when I pull out the old tractors. I look at it this way, I leave one implement on each tractor. Saves trying to change them and I can leave the tiller on the Kubota as a counter balance.

    WayneIA    Posted 10-31-2018 at 13:39:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Hay Dean, don't give up!! I am in your shoes. Born 2-23-34. but thought this was it for me also. But ye got to have something to do besides watch the boob tube, as I quickly found out. So, an 841 found it's way into the shop. Just takes a little more "force" to get going each day.

    John in Mich    Posted 10-31-2018 at 16:43:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Wayne, you make me feel like a slacker! More power to you.

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