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mthomas    Posted 04-03-2019 at 13:06:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 1700 opinions
  • If you know the good, bad, or ugly about this model of Ford, please do tell. I am contemplating purchasing one.

    mhb@ufe    Posted 04-03-2019 at 17:21:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The 1700s had some problems with breaking front axles. The replacement was a larger axle that required replacing the final drive housing along with the axle. I don't think the replacements are available anymore. Be sure to check the coolant and engine oil for contamination. It seems that all the Japanese engines have a tendency to crack the head if over heated. As others have stated parts availability is a problem.

    Mark

    Ultradog MN    Posted 04-03-2019 at 16:28:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • They were decent tractors.
    But as TOH says, parts - both new and used are a problem.
    Equally important, at least to me,
    is the lack of a knowledge base for them.
    A guy with a US, Brit or Belgium built Ford manufactured from 39 to 99 can hop on a forum and get good answers to questions about his tractor.
    I read 3 other forums besides this one and frequently see questions about those Shibura built Fords go unanswered.
    Nobody really knows them well.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-04-2019 at 06:52:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The Japanese built FORD/Shibura's were practically gone before they started. Noted for poor service and part suppliers, they didn't last long. Old neighbor had a 1300 and was PITA to find parts for back in the 90's when she had me work it.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    TheOldHokie    Posted 04-03-2019 at 15:13:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • A rather long on the tooth compact diesel made in Japan by Shibaura and rebadeged and sold in the US by Ford. AFAIK nothing wrong with the tractors except their advancing age and limited parts availabilty. Ford only sold about 15 thousand units so finding salvage parts can be a bit of a crap shoot.

    If it doesn't have any issues and the price is right go for it. But plenty of competition in that size and age category so for me it would have to be cheap to warrant a look. Here is one for sale a few miles from me that doesn't look too rough and the asking price is a reasonable starting point. Probably a little high for a 2WD model but it does include a two bottom plow (not shown) and an extremely well used woods mower

    Ford 1700 in Sharpsburg, MD

    TOH

    mthomas    Posted 04-03-2019 at 15:47:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • $6200, 4WD, 1400 hours, FEL, 1982, good rubber. Not much is available locally. This is about 200 miles away, and I have been looking for a year or so for a decent compact.

    TheOldHokie    Posted 04-03-2019 at 17:13:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • That's a mighty salty price. In this area it would get you your choice of half a dozen tractors half the age of that Ford. I guess location truly is everything.

    TOH

    mthomas    Posted 04-03-2019 at 22:45:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • It looks as if someone else beat me to it. That is probably for the best.

    TheOldHokie    Posted 04-04-2019 at 03:34:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • That's always a disappointment. Hope you find what you are looking for.

    TOH

    mthomas    Posted 04-04-2019 at 21:52:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Time is on my side. My patience is only exceeded by my cheapness. Give me a hint, which craigslist city should I be checking for a reasonably priced compact?

    TheOldHokie    Posted 04-05-2019 at 03:12:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Patience usually pays dividends. Prices in my area (western MD / Baltimore / Frederick) are reasonable but tend to surge a bit this time of year.

    TOH

    mthomas    Posted 04-06-2019 at 00:29:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I took a gander at Baltimore's CL listings. More tractors, better tractors, more reasonable prices.

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