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My New (Old) Tractor

by on Sep.01, 2016, under Ranch Maintenance

While visiting relatives in Arkansas this summer, My brother Roger offered a deal I couldn’t refuse on a 1973 Ford 2000 tractor.  This is a small tractor useful for light grading, pulling, chopping weeds, etc.  After returning to Arizona, I prepared my trailer for the long round trip to Arkansas and back, and set off to pick up my new prize.

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The tractor is in reasonable shape.  It has a few leaks, and a few cosmetic defects.  It could use a new seat and stearing wheel, and will eventually need a new clutch.  While the clutch is a major job, the symptoms at this point are not too bad.  It just has a lot of play in the action, and engages only about an inch from the top of the clutch release.  I quickly learned to adapt to these conditions, so it should get me by for a while.

Here are some pictures from the walkaround that Roger and I did.

Injection Pump and Fuel Filters

Injection Pump and Fuel Filters

Brakes

Brakes

Gear Shifters

Gear Shifters

PTO Lever

PTO Lever

Hydraulic Pump

Hydraulic Pump

Alternator

Alternator

PTO Shaft

PTO Shaft

Gauge Cluster

Gauge Cluster

He also included a very old blade with a 3-point attachment for the back.  While it could use a rebuild, it actually works very well for blading our drive in Arizona, and general scraping around the homestead to clear cactus and rocks from the area.

Blade

Blade

After arriving back in Arizona, I couldn’t wait to try it out on some real work.  It had just rained that morning, so the ground was soft, but not muddy.  Perfect for grading.

Our old two-track driveway had always been very bumpy, with lots of bumps and holes along its half-mile length.  I decided to do a couple of passes, just light ones, to see if I could improve things any.  Here are the before shots…

Two-Track near house

Two-Track near house

Two-Track near top of property

Two-Track near top of property

Tow-Track Drive halfway to road

Tow-Track Drive halfway to road

And here are the results of one pass down and one pass up.  It went very easy, and I like the results.  Someday, we will add rock tot he drive, but for now this is much better than it ever has been.

Grading complete

Grading complete

Grading on a curve...

Grading on a curve…

The next day, I needed to find a place to park the tractor, until I could get a shed built to cover it.  The spot I decided on was near the spot that we store our leftover construction materials.  The grould has a lot of prickley pear cactus in the way, so I decided to scrape them out of the way to provide a cleaner parking area for the tractor and trailer.

Here are the before pictures…

Cactus in the way

Cactus in the way

More cactus

More cactus

And here is a 10 minute video of the tractor in use doing this work…


And finally, here are the results.  Not bad for 15 minutes of work.  That would have been a couple hours by hand.

Cleared Parking

Cleared Parking

Removed cactus

Removed cactus

Tractor and Trailer parked

Tractor and Trailer parked

I’m very pleased with my new acquisition.

 

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1 comment for this entry:
  1. Lisa SVR 646

    Hi Randy!

    Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your website! I check it out from time to time (since I bumped into it on Cluade’s forum about 2? years ago). Your tractor adventure put such a smile on my face, that I had to let you know. It looks like your brother’s tractor has a great new home – I’m sure you two will be very happy together! hahaha

    Thank you so much for journaling your property adventures. Your information is priceless. We brought SVR 646 in June 2008. We have dreams of a house on it some day and would like to tackle much of it ourselves. Well, reading about all your hard work makes our dream seem a little more achievable :)

    We live in Scottsdale and don’t get to our property often (a few times? a year?) and are still learning the lay of the land south of the 40, but we hope to bump into the “real deal” Peckenpaugh Pack some day!

    Thanks for sharing all your hard work,

    Lisa and Michael Parker
    (Address removed for privacy purposes)
    just south of Ridge Runner, on the newly named, “Edge Ridge Way”
    (Phone removed for privacy purposes)

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