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Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-02-2012 at 08:58:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Rest-O-Ride Seat
  • The other night Zack Smith and I were talking on the phone and one topic brought up was the color of the original Rest-O-Ride seat base. 8N grey seems to be the consensus and by the original AD brochure, it appears to be correct. I have a used R-O-R base, was painted 8N red, but several areas have chipped away and sure as heck there is Ford Medium Grey paint underneath. Also, what year were the Rest-O-Rides offered as standard equipment? Was it around '56? Some also carried a Dearborn Tag. Where was the tag affixed and did it carry a model number?

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Larry (TX)    Posted 08-20-2012 at 10:54:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The '59 901 row crop I bought came with what appears to be an original ROR seat assy. (it needs a complete rebuild), though the previous owner had replaced it with one of the late model TSC seats with armrests. When and if I ever get around to re-painting the 901 and re-installing the tin, I'm planning to re-mount that ROR seat.


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:33:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Originally Released in 1953
  • The scan above is from the 1953 Dearborn Accessories Catalog and therefore puts the first Rest-O-Ride seats available as optional equipment in 1953 for the Jubilee. I'm sure they sold some too for 8Ns as well. If anyone has plowed in the standard steel pan seat, then you know how tough the ride can be!

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-04-2012 at 08:11:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • ...and from the 1957 Accessory Catalog...
  • Here's a scan from the 1957 Ford Tractor Accessories Catalog for the Rest-O-Ride seat.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Gaspump    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:32:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Not sure when they became std but my early 1957 960 came with the ROR as original eq. Black frame and black seat. The ROR std or optional sure would have never made it past the production line inspectors in any other color and never would have. Looking at parts manuals one will see that many things such as seats, bases etc were offered in red, dk gray, lt gray black to match existing colors on ones tractor. Black would have been the std color for a parts order too.

    Phil-GA    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:31:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • On the rebuilding, I bought my springs from Minn Kota along with their bushing kit. The four frame bushings didn't fit. The 2 that go on the torsion bar on the back wouldn't fit without some modification. Ended up getting these from New Holland.My seat was worn out,not a bushing left in it! Not a cheap project!

    AL CT    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:30:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim,
    I've had several rest o ride seats. One or two were hear perfect and were gray frame and black seat pan as you suggest. There is/was decal used to show driver weight. If you need or want one, send me your mailing address and I'll drop it in the mail. Email is open.
    AL CT

    Dollar Bill    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:29:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • One of the R-O-R seats I restored came to me with an aluminum Dearborn Accessories tag that was sorely faded. I recreated it in vinyl. The photo will show you the location:

    Apologies to the owner of the seat, I can't remember where it came from

    Dean    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:26:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Aside from the torsion springs you will need about a dozen bronze bushings and, perhaps replacement roll pins.

    Rebuilding a Rest-O-Ride seat is time consuming but yields a nice result if done properly.

    Minn-Kota Repair can provide a reasonably priced bushing kit as well as quality torsion springs. I've bought bushings from both Minn-Kota dnd CNH (expensive) in the past. The bushings for the torsion spring link supplied by Minn-Kota were not useable but the others were all OK. I spoke to them about the issue about 2 or 3 years ago but do not know if they have corrected it.


    awhtx    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:25:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • In my 1954 600 series only Owner's Manual the R-O-R is listed as an Accessory. In my 1954 600/800 series OM the R-O-R is listed as an Accessory for the 600 and Standard Equipment on the 800. In later 601/801 OMs the R-O-R is listed as Standard on the 801 and Optional on the 601. In 701/901 OMs the R-O-R is shown as Standard on both series. In the 1962 2000/4000 All Purpose and Row Crop OMs a Cushioned R-O-R is listed as standard equipment on the 4000 (both AP and RC).

    Ed Gooding(VA)    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:23:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Alan nailed it, as usual. Here's a dealer ad brochure for the 600 series tractors. You will note the absence of the ROR seat:

    But, on the corresponding page for the 800 series, you will see the ROR noted:

    This dealer ad brochure for the 601/801 series tractors, shows the same and also shows that the ROR was not included on the 821 models:

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:16:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Yep! ad brochures that confirm
  • Yep - I have a 1957 Accessories Catalog and it says the R-O-R was standard on 700, 800, and 900 Series Tractors. The ad in my first post is from 1953 for the Jubilee so the ROR s were first available then.


    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 06-02-2012 at 09:14:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • These two show the 701/901 series with RORs

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