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Iowa Farm Boy    Posted 08-25-2019 at 16:34:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • What model & year is my dad's 1950's Ford?
  • After my dad passed away this year, I am deciding what to do with a few items left from his nearly 50 years of farming. I would like to restore & keep his Ford tractor. Before putting money in to it, I want to know how much to pay my siblings, what it might cost to restore, parts availability & for my wife's or kids' sake in the future, what it might be worth.
    First & foremost, I want to determine the model & year:
    The serial number on the left side of the transmission is NDA 4024 B (or 8) 1. It has a unique shifter with 5 forward speeds & one reverse, 4-cyl. gas, with grey hood, grill & fenders & red belly & axle. The cyclopes ornament is missing & no visible model number.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 08-31-2019 at 13:31:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Have not seen anyone express a opinion as to value or direct you to parts.

    The parts depends on what you are looking for. There are a number of tractor salvage yards which is the best source for sheet metal and possible hardware such as transmission, engines and that type of thing.

    Ignition and fuel parts, most on here would recommend Just8N's out of Shelby, NC I've had good service from Grand Valley Tractor of Orwell, Ohio.

    Go to Links in the red banner at top and you will find contact information for both of these and several others.

    I keep hearing the value of these older tractors has been dropping.

    I can tell you I gave $3500 for my 860 in 2003. It had been used and abused and I'm pretty sure it had been reconstructed from parts. Indication was a tree had fallen on it. It has given me good service and the most major thing I've had to do was replace the cam follower pin in the hydraulics. No idea of the value today. I may have given too much but my brother and I had driven to western Kentucky to buy it so I did. Someone had also painted it Blue and gray which I changed back to the proper colors.

    Good Luck with your toy!

    Jack

    WayneIA    Posted 08-26-2019 at 08:09:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Just to make thinks interesting, Iowa Farm Boy and I (WayneIA) have land next to each other ,only a woven fence between us. Both absentee owners. Look what these Ford tractors did for us

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 08-26-2019 at 07:32:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • 1955 800 series 860 model

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-26-2019 at 05:15:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If your tractor has a 5-Speed transmission, it isn't an 8N, 1950 or otherwise. 8N's only had a 4-speed. Don't rely on nose cone emblems fo ID'g your tractor - means nothing and some are missing. Finally, you are not looking on the correct place for the serial number. You are looking at the differential rear center housing CASTING part number cast on the part. Rather than speculate on what model you have, here is a chart to help identify the Hundred Series Models and help you ID your make and model:

    FORD HUNDRED SERIES TRACTOR SERIAL NUMBER ID PG 1:

    FORD HUNDRED SERIES TRACTOR SERIAL NUMBER ID PG 2:


    Tim Daley(MI)

    WayneIA    Posted 08-25-2019 at 17:47:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Agree with John An 860 built 1954-1956 The serial should be above and behind the starter stamped in the casting. I to live in Iowa. Iowa county

    Iowa Farm Boy    Posted 08-25-2019 at 21:18:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Wayne, thanks for your quick input, reinforcement of 860 suggestion & clarification of serial number location for this model. Thinking it was older, I was looking in the wrong place for the number.
    Any ideas on restoration help in Eastern Iowa would be welcome.

    KCTractors    Posted 08-25-2019 at 20:01:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Could also be a 850. Model & Serial number will be on the flat spot of the bell housing just to the right of the starter.

    Iowa Farm Boy    Posted 08-25-2019 at 21:21:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks for suggesting the 850 & serial number location. I'll check it out.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 08-25-2019 at 17:13:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • First look, it appears to be a 860. The following information is copied from the John Smith website. Link under Link in the red header.

    What part of Iowa are you in? I live in Des Moines and have a farm in Henry County.

    Iowa Farm Boy    Posted 08-25-2019 at 21:13:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Jack, thanks for the quick response, suggestion it is an 860 & direction to John Smith website!
    I'm in Linn Co. with farms in Benton & Iowa Counties.
    Any ideas on parts or restoration help would be welcome.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 08-25-2019 at 21:38:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • You're right up the road! I cannot remember for sure what the difference between the 850 and 860 is. My brother had a 850 and I own a 860. I'm thinking he did not have the live clutch.

    Jack

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