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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:37 pm    Post subject: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I recently brought home this 981 diesel. Hadn't run in several years, owner passed away. Good tin, decent paint, starter was not in working order, no battery. I have started the tractor but the motor knocks. Power steering works, tractor will move, haven't tried all gears (not letting the motor run very long. Trying to decide whether to part it out or not. The 172 diesel can be overhauled but not sure about putting that much money into it. Thoughts?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:24 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I hate to see one get parted out.......
But you could make a small fortune on
that! I need those fenders.........
Shipping to Alabama might be rough.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:50 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is there a legible serial number? On the transmission just behind and above the starter! That tractor "just don't look right to me"! It's obvious been repainted! And I don' think that style Power steering pump goes with a S.O.S transmission! But it sure is a nice looking tractor!!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:53 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote


That Husker makes me think you may be somewhere in Nebraska???
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:04 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yep
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It has been repainted. They used a couple different PS pumps on the 801/901 series from what I have read. Tractor looks pretty good, older repaint. Probably 10-15 years ago is my guess. It had been setting in a nice enclosed building. I saw an ad for the 901 series WF, ad said WF for 8n/9n which I knew was not correct. I bought the WF and the son said his dad had a Ford tractor in the shed been setting for several years and wondered if I was interested. Generator was taken off, starter wires not connected, battery gone. I bought it as is. I started it a few times for short periods. Enough to know the tractor moves in forward and reverse gears but I've not been able to try all of them. Power steering is working and 3 point does lift (empty but it does raise, did not attach anything)
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Husker 50 8n wrote:
(quoted from post at 17:04:16 06/29/20) Yep


Wondering how close to me you are. I run back and forth between Lincoln, NE and Washington, Kansas.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Easy enough to drop the pan and check the bearings. If early sos, the overrunning clutch is no longer serviced.
The pto has a removable rear section for 540 or 1000 splines.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've seen at least one other 901 with that style p/s pump. No idea if it was original.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It is.

My uncle bought a new one with the same pump in, IIRC, 1959.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:14 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just north of Fremont
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:13 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I did run the tractor and shift through both reverse gears and 3 through 8 then shut it down. Everything seemed normal but no chance to check the transmission when hot. I guess my idea is with motor problems, if the select-o-speed would also have problems the choice to part it out would be easier. What is anyone's opinion on the 172 diesel being rebuilt? How easy do they start with a fresh motor? I know a lot of the early diesels struggled to start in the cold. Anything tricky about the overhaul or is it similar to the 172 gas?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:50 pm    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'd hate to see one scrapped out also so I would do some more checking on the condition of the motor first. I
have no experience with the early diesels so I'm no help there. That being said I would be interested in some
parts if it turns out that's what you decide to do. I'm just west of you by Columbus so it wouldn't be hard to
swing by and make a deal so please keep me in mind as I have a 971, 881, and 2 early 4000s with the SOS so I'm
always looking for parts. Greg. NE
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:21 am    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Wondering which version of the SOS the tractor has. There was an upgrade swap offered in the mid 60s. You can most easily tell which version it has by the raised number on the left side of the case about where your heel would be when sitting in the seat.

Original would bear the number 312259

Upgrade would bear the number C3NN-7006-B

The latter should be nearly bullet proof if cared for properly. The former possibly a bit more problematic.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:05 am    Post subject: Re: 981 diesel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-WayneIA wrote:
(quoted from post at 22:50:43 06/29/20) Is there a legible serial number? On the transmission just behind and above the starter! That tractor "just don't look right to me"! It's obvious been repainted! And I don' think that style Power steering pump goes with a S.O.S transmission! But it sure is a nice looking tractor!!


I think it is a 1959 model so 61 years old, no that is not original paint. But I think it is the correct PS pump. Like most diesels SN has disappeared from battery acid leaking on the casting. Just trying to decide if I want to put money into the diesel motor.
 
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