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Dean    Posted 04-24-2019 at 11:46:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Mixed Emtions
  • Monday, I sold my VERY good 860. The buyer will be picking it up in a couple of hours.

    Mixed emotions about this as it is extraordinary and loaded with all of the bells and whistles. Still, the barn has turned orange and I haven't used it much for over 10 years. I spend more time starting it every 6 weeks or so, changing the gasoline every 6 months or so and replacing the battery every few years.

    I know it inside and out and will be sorry to see it go but can use the space for my new bat wing.

    I still have the 64, 4000 SOS that may still become my retirement project and will keep the 52 Sherman combo equipped 8N with just over 1,100 original hours forever.

    The 52 serves as my quad. It has a never removed carryall on the lift full of hand tools, chains, chain saws, gas cans, etc. About 18 months ago, I bought Kubota RTV-X1100C diesel unit with heat, air, etc., to replace the 52 but it just sits in the barn. The 52 is always the first machine out of the barn and after nearly two years, the RTV has only 11 hours on the clock. It had 3 hours when delivered. I would sell it but would take too much of a hit.

    The buyer of my 860 is a retired pilot and seems to know his vintage Fords. He is replacing an 8N so I'm sure that he will be pleased. I think the 860 has found a good home.


    lonestarjeff    Posted 04-25-2019 at 23:29:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Mixed Emtions
  • Sorry to hear you had to part with the 860, but it sounds like a good home. Even better, a working home.

    Larry Holbrook    Posted 04-25-2019 at 05:03:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Mixed Emtions
  • Sometimes as the song goes you got to know when to hold them and when to fold them. Hard to get rid of a nice one like that but I'm sure you are doing the right thing. That 64 4000 is a great tractor. My dad bought a new on and we farmed on it for many years. I was pretty much raised on it. For it's size it's got a lot of power. The SOS is a even better than the one we had I've read.

    Dean    Posted 04-25-2019 at 07:17:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I've kept the 64, 4000 for about 15 years as a retirement project because it is the last year for the prior 4 cylinder model and has all of the bells and whistles. Aside from the SOS, it also has PS and dual (yes, dual) remotes.

    The sheet metal is done and I put my NOS PA rims on it along with 6 new 6 ply tires and tubes. All of the peripheral work is done except for the PS control valve still needing overhaul. I've set up a set of duals with 2 more matching 6 ply tires and tubes for fun but have not installed. I also have a full set of heavy front and rear weights prepped and painted for it.

    Still planned is a complete overhaul of the SOS and installation of my very low hour 192 engine. The engine is a NG (high compression) unit, that I converted to gasoline
    and should produce about 65 PTO HP.

    It will be a toy, not a user.

    Just need to find the motivation.


    Kimberly    Posted 04-24-2019 at 15:28:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I know what you mean. We get attached to things. This tractor I am working on belonged to me Dad. Mum said he was so proud when he brought the tractor home; it was his first tractor and his only tractor. Even with all that has happened I can't just park the tractor and let it sit and rust away.

    Dean    Posted 04-24-2019 at 14:33:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • It's Gone
  • The buyer just left with the 860.

    Mixed emotions watching it leave but the buyer was thrilled.

    I've not seen a better 860/1 for decades.

    Maybe someday, I'll start on the 4000 project. I've everything that I need for it, just need to find the ambition.


    jimmyjack    Posted 04-24-2019 at 12:26:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I know exactly how you feel. I did the same thing. Loved that tractor, but the Kubota is ten times better. Bought a 3109

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