My New (Old) Tractor
My New (Old) Tractor
by rdpecken 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.
The tractor is in reasonable shape. It has a few leaks, and a few cosmetic defects. It could use a new seat and steering 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.
Here are some pictures from the walkaround that Roger and I did.
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.
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…
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.
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 ground
has a lot of prickley pear cactus in the way, so I decided to scrape
them out of the way to provide a cleaner area for the tractor and
Here are the before pictures…
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.
I’m very pleased with my new acquisition.