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Gary Cox    Posted 02-24-2018 at 14:57:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Gold Demonstrator
  • My daddy bought a new Gold Demo when I was a kid. I believe it to be a 1959, Model 671. I am in the process of starting to replace worn and not working items. Engine runs good. SOS is so-so. Before getting too deep into the process, I want to confirm several things. Will greatly appreciate help with the following questions.
    How to confirm the year and model number. I have cleaned paint away from the areas where I've been told to look and find nothing. On left side of transmission are the following:
    312259 A (D)?
    Following is on top of the intake manifold: 310659
    Thank you,

    Ultradog MN    Posted 02-28-2018 at 09:52:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I think I found an 871 GD yesterday.
    I posted about it on the other site.
    If someone here was interested I could give you the phone #.

    SelectOSpeed    Posted 02-25-2018 at 09:11:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Interesting. Personally I've never seen a 601 series Goldie. Mind you now I'm not saying there never was, just all I've ever seen were 801-901s. Anyway, I assume it is a Diesel by your manifold number. Unfortunately the serial numbers on Diesels didn't survive well due to battery corrosion on the bell housing. Kirk has put you in the ball park on SN range and dating codes. Other areas of approximate date codes are on the top right rear corner of the upper radiator tank IF it is the original one from factory. Also, on the muffler IF it is the original from factory. The date code will be under the Oval FOMOCO stamping at the rear of the muffler. Original Diesel mufflers had a higher survival rate than Gasoline engines by being preserved by the Oily, Smutty exhaust. Both the Radiator and Muffler codes will give you the Month and Year of when they were respectively made. NOT the assembly date of the Tractor, but the date the parts were made, but owing to the demand of production you will be within a month or two of actual Tractor birthday. Member GasPump can shed light on 601 Goldies existence for sure. If in fact they were, I feel sure you have not only a rare piece, but having Dads tractor is a Big plus in sentiments. Do you recall any problems the tractor had and Fords solutions on it ? Pics would be nice ! SoS.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 02-27-2018 at 03:13:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Yes they made gold demo's in the 601 series but what's rarer than that is an 1801 series gold demo. I've only seen one and like the other gold demo's I have brought it was also painted blue.

    Gaspump    Posted 02-27-2018 at 14:35:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Just a little insight on the subject. First I recall some 771's,not clear on the 671 but certainly there must be some out there. It was the dealers option to order their demonstrator in any series. Ford Tractor of course wanted to get the big horses out there like the 871 & 971's with weights and a 3 bottom plow. Reasoning behind this was that the dealer participating in the demo program was supposed to roam the countryside with the demo looking for a farmer plowing with a Deere or a Farmall etc, with the farmers permission they were to plow alongside the man showing how well the Fords and their 3 point plowed and likely could out perform them. Program was by no means a huge success. #1 most dealers were small and could not afford or even have a man for roaming nor the expensive use of demo. #2 how likely was it to find a farmer plowing with a Deere B, Farmall H or M or comparable competitor. #3, in reality who wanted a Gold colored Ford, Farmall also tried a similar program with a white demo, would a Deere owner want one not green? Many dealers initally did not order a Gold so some bigger dealers snapped up original production when available as there was a purchase incentive too. At the time there were about 3200 Ford Tractor dealers. I recall in an August Dealer Relations Dept meeting a big push was on to get the hold outs to order a Gold. One rep said he had Gold orders but could not place them as they did not want the SOS. At this point Mr Thompson the dept head got very vocal saying "And why not they can order them any D__n way they want to". If any did who knows but at least the option was open.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 02-25-2018 at 04:00:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Production code on engine block, radiator, rear housing. Also recall numbers should be stamped on the opposite side of the bell housing above the two holes. Before any painting take a lot of photos of any gold paint on the tractor

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 02-24-2018 at 16:53:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • D79 is boarder line gold demo. Check the flat spot above the two holes just behind the starter. serial number Should be between 61464 and roughly 71xxx
    Check gold by air cleaner vent, inside by hood. Post any numbers off trans.

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