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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:38 pm    Post subject: 555 gas ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

found a 555 gas, already have a 555 diesel but never seen of a gas. how many were made? are they rarer than diesels?
this is a barn find it has not seen daylight since 1982, anything to be aware of when getting it running?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 555 gas ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'd bet the thermostat is stuck, gas is carmelized, carb needs cleaning, and then there's the mice.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: Re: 555 gas ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think like most tractors of that era, the gas engines outsold the diesels. Around here anyway. A neighbour had a 55 gas in the sixties. Another one showed up at the local vintage tractor pulls a few years back. You can watch it perform in my video at youtube. This one had huge "rice tires".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJNVK_heTGQ
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:26 pm    Post subject: Re: 555 gas ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i have to disagree, in the 555 much like the JD R i believe the diesel was more common.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: 555 gas ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

bp4455 wrote:
(quoted from post at 17:26:18 12/05/12) i have to disagree, in the 555 much like the JD R i believe the diesel was more common.

Not here. Diesel tractors didn't really take over til the sixties here. The extra cost of the diesel engine was a big factor. And there was not a big cost savings in fuel considering there was only a few cents a gallon difference in fuel price between gas and diesel. Starting in the winter was a factor too. Theres a lot more JD AR tractors than Rs around here. The 60 and 70 as well as the720 were usually found with gas engines under the hood.
 
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