1961 Ford 4000 Industrial Tractor, how many times can it break.

The green and black beast. SDC15133

It has a heavy duty front end loader (FEL) on it. It came with a 6′ bush hog. I paid $2200 for it including delivery about 5 years ago. It had really good tires on it. I thought it had a live pto when I bought it. It was advertised as a 1964 Ford, which would have had the live pto. It was actually a 1961 which has a transmission pto. Live pto’s are much better. I guess that is what I get for looking at it at night and not knowing anything about a tractor when I went to look at it. But I could not get anybody else that knew about tractors to come along. That is why I only wanted to spend about $2000 on my first tractor. Because I did not know, what I did not know. My next tractor will be 4 wheel drive because my property is so hilly.

I added rear hydraulics. I bought a 3 Point Hay spear.I adjusted the brakes some. The right side works some. The left side still needs work. I use the FEL as my brake of last resort.

I used it to pull up wood posts when I pulled up the fence for Mr Workman a few years ago. I blew the head gasket. So it sat for about a year. Then I took off the top end of the engine and had it ground flat. Put a new gasket in it. I repainted the engine parts that I took off to make them look nice and not rust. I put a new exhaust system on it that goes under the tractor so I would not get as many engine fumes on me when I used it. I got it started up, but it did not have as much power as it should.  I tried to lash the valves, but it takes a feel that comes from experience. So I decided to hire it out. I finally got it running enough to get it on a trailer to take to Mr. Hostetlers. I could not find anybody to come out and work on it.

Last fall I got the valves lashed and had it tuned up. He also replaced the pin that keeps the 3 point arms in the position mode. I picked it up from him and was driving it home. Then the freeze plug corroded and it was leaking coolant. It was in a really bad place but I got that fixed. This winter I moved a lot of hay with it. The gas shutoff was leaking when I had it in the open position. Common to this model tractor. This spring I got tilling done with it. Then it caught on fire. A rodent had built a nest in it and the gas shut off was leaking. Got the fire out. Put a new gas shutoff in it. Broke the fuel filter bowl. Got a new one. Got it running. I have been bush hogging a bunch. Got Mr. Charles pasture (keep our horses there) bush hogged. Had to replace the non-live pto spinner thing because the old one kept coming off. Moved the cows off the neighbors top field to the his bottoms so I could finish bush hogging that field. Got the tractor out in the early afternoon to bush hog. Noticed the gear box on the bush hog seemed to have worked itself loose. While I was under there trying to get the stump jumper off so I could tighten the bolts, I noticed the stump jumper had a crack in it. So I had to weld that. Welded another broken weld on the bush hog. Never got the stump jumper off, but was able to get a socket on the bolts I needed, with Tommy’s help and got the gear box tightened down. My welding is not great, so I make thick welds, which on the stump jumper I ended up having to grind mostly away so the blade would spin freely. Anyways by the time I got that all done, it was almost dark. The power steering leaks, so I put fluid in it and added some ATP reseal (great stuff, hope it fixes the leak). So I got about one pass around the field before I needed to turn on the headlights. Got the third pass around the field and I got drenched with water all of a sudden. And the water kept coming. Thought I drove through a huge puddle at first. My rear tire rim had burst. It had a 6″ x 6″ hole in it. They used to use calcium chloride water to fill tractor tires to give them weight and lower the center of gravity. The calcium chloride would corrode the metal pretty fast though. Now I think they use antifreeze in the water. So now I have to find a rim to get my tractor fixed. Pretty soon I will have run out of stuff to fix on the tractor. I can dream at least.

I have had the sheet metal off of it since I did the top end on the engine. I am hoping to repaint the tractor to its original yellow and red color scheme. Someday.720LoaderBrochure

Tractor started for the first time in about a year.

What a process it has been. It was a glorious sound. I have to change the oil. Change the coolant. Change the transmission fluid, and then I should be in business. I can’t wait to get it into productive work. The boys have been my helpers. They flip the switches and push the start button for me. They run and get me tools. I would not have gotten it done without them.

It is a glorious day. I am inspired to work on my old truck. But I have a few more projects to do before I will get to that one.


When things sit

they develop all sorts of problems.

I tested the spark on the tractor with Benjamin’s help. It was non-existant. I went to Kough Equipment and bought all the stuff to rebuild the distributor. Put it all on with Tommy’s help. Still no spark. I should have bought a new coil while I was there.

When I parked the tractor, there was nothing wrong with the spark. Sitting out in the elements for a year without being run is not good for mechanical things. So now I get to fix the spark so that I can try and get anything else fixed that may be wrong.

I went back to Kough and bought the coil today. Hopefully tomorrow I will get it installed.


Tractor progress

Tommy and I have been working on the tractor off an on. We played with the exhaust system quite a bit to get it to fit on the tractor. I cut, bent, welded, cut, rewelded, bent, etc and finally got the new exhaust system on. I bought it thinking it would be a simple bolt together system. It did not quite fit together so smoothly and needed some modification.

It looks good now tho.

So we changed the oil. We put new oil in the air filter chamber. Charged the battery and cranked it. It spun freely enough, but did not start. Yes we put gas in it. I bought a new screen and gasket for the fuel filter.

We tried starter fluid and still nothing. We did not have time to test the spark.

Getting closer I hope.


Tractor Repair – Head Gasket

Back in the spring my tractor started overheating and when I refilled the radiator, water started coming out the exhaust manifold. I believe it blew a head gasket. Today I hope to take the head off and take it to a repair place to get a new gasket and get the head checked.

The block is from a 134 CI engine. But I believe that I read somewhere that the block from the 134 is the same as the block from a 172 CI, which is what my tractor is supposed to have. So I hope they have the larger head and it really is a 172 CI. Won’t know until I start tearing it apart.

I don’t really know what I am doing, so hopefully I won’t mess it up too badly.