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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:10 pm    Post subject: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi I am just getting a 1970 Ford 4000 tractor which I believe has a gas engine. Any other info from these numbers that are still very clear on the foil tag under hood
Serial is C263287 model is D. 1424. CS. Wonder what this means? Engine is 9M31B. Any info would be greatly appreciated
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:51 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

C263287 is a 1970 serial number.

Model number D1424CS:
D14 at the beginning says that it is a 4000SU (SU means "Special Utility"). The 4000SU is also referred to as a 4140 in the parts book. The 4000SU had the 201 ci engine of a 4000 series and the double reduction rear axle with inboard wet brakes form the 4000 series, but it had the the radius rod front axle and double sided steering linkage like the 2000/3000 series.
The 2 means that is has a gasoline engine.
The second 4 says that it has independent 540 rpm PTO.
The C says that it has an 8 speed transmission.
I am not sure what the trailing "S" means.

Engine number 9M31B means that the engine was assembled on December 21 1969.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:23 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

sleeved??
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:37 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. Are these gas engine easier to start in winter? I am new to this forum and farm tractor as well. I have always liked the look of these old Ford tractor. My friend is letting me have this one at very good price.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:46 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Those SUs are very good tractors with a
lot of power for their size.
A lot of guys here would like to have one.
They do have a girlie front end on them
compared to the regular 4000 so will Not
ever make a good loader tractor.
Diesel is more efficient, has more
longevity and is more reliable but the
gasser is not to be despised.
I have a 3 cyl diesel that is a little
smaller than yours. I put a block heater
in it. If I plug it in for an hour or two
it will start right up like it's July.
If you put a block heater on yours you
will have no problems starting it even on
below zero days.
Have fun with it and welcome to the forum.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:14 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i will post some pictures that i was sent, still looking for a ride for this tractor and brushhog from rochester IN area to north NJ





 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:19 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Good looking tractor!
Don't like having a loader on the smaller sweep back axle models but many have them and use them regularly.
I have both models, 4000AP and 4000SU.
4000SU is powerful but compact, good for working in confined spaces but powerful enough to do bigger jobs.
4000AP has been my work horse for many years, although I have larger tractors the 4000AP is still my main go to tractor.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:20 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

9M31B would be a New Year's Eve tractor, not a winter solstice tractor. Smile
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:32 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Bern wrote:
(quoted from post at 23:20:13 01/20/19) 9M31B would be a New Year's Eve tractor, not a winter solstice tractor. Smile


Bern, he said that 9M31B was the engine number, not the Unit number. Hard to tell from that small picture of the tag, but it looks like the unit number is 0C30B which would make it a March 30 1970 Day shift tractor.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:05 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yeah, I caught MY mistake after I posted it. I was just making a light-hearted post about New Years Eve versus winter
solstice. Smile
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:09 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

swattley wrote:
(quoted from post at 11:14:08 01/20/19) i will post some pictures that i was sent, still looking for a ride for this tractor and brushhog from rochester IN area to north NJ






 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:13 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i was able to work on the picture of the foil tag, i was not sure if you could zoom on this site when i first posted it, the numbers are very clear still on the tag.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:26 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

OK, I can see the Unit number clearly on that new picture. 0C17B is March 17 1970 day shift.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:05 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What's the opinion of vertical muffer compared to this must have some exhaust pipe in nder tractor. Seems like it just get to be a problem under the tractor.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:18 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Ford 4000 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

swattley wrote:
(quoted from post at 01:05:38 01/22/19) What's the opinion of vertical muffer compared to this must have some exhaust pipe in nder tractor. Seems like it just get to be a problem under the tractor.


Depends on what you'll be using the tractor for. Only problem with a horizontal exhaust under the tractor really would be if you plan to mow a lot of tall dry brush where the hot muffler might set something on fire. Vertical muffler is a problem when working under tree branches, so it's a trade-off based on what you want to do.

That tractor has obviously had the horizontal exhaust its whole life, or at least the tractor that had that hood on it when it left the factory has. A vertical exhaust requires a hole in the top of the left side hood panel just forward of the air filter, and tractors that have been converted still have that hole, usually with a plug in it.
 
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