In Reply to: Re: The Red/Blue Thing posted by Tim Daley(MI) on December 06, 2017 at 08:55:06:
Tim, to expand on the deceptiveness, some dealers applied the new graphics. A 600/601/700/701 became a Ford 2000. The 800 thru 901 became Ford 4000. Another twist on this scenario involves the Ford 6000. Introduced as a 1961 model, they were originally the familiar Red and Gray. Again as in SelectOSpeed fashion, the 6000 was released to market without adequate testing and evaluation. The early machines were so problematic that Ford would replace them with improved tractors. A upgrade campaign for tractors in the field was instituted consisting of a wooden crate filled with improved parts such as a stronger crankshaft, additional hydraulic accumulator, and rear axle bearings to name a few. By the time the Blue and Gray tractors debuted in late 1962, a gallon of Blue paint was included in the crate with explicit instruction to repaint Red tractors to the then current color scheme. FWIW, SoS.