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Old 05-13-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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Hello all, i am new to this sight and the world of tractors. i just bought a 1964 ford 4000 industial/ag tractor. 4cyl gas.runs great has a front end loader. i have a question about the power assist steering. is it normal for the steering to still be pretty hard to turn? it really doesnt fell like much assist and how can ai check it? thanks for any help, redchev08. i want to post seriial # too. 41201.

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:08 PM   #2
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Interesting. 1964 serial numbers started at 38931, so 41201 could be the serial number, but it also looks like a model number, but if it was the model number it would be a utility/ag chassis model with the adjustable width front axle, not an industrial.

To check if the power assist is working at all, you can disconnect the steering cylinders from their front mount point on the steering linkage and turn the steering wheel. Two things to check... is it just as hard to steer with them disconnected?... and do the cylinder rods move in and out when you turn the steering wheel?

If the rods move in and out, then it's at least working a little. If they don't move at all then it's not working at all. If it's still almost as hard to steer with them disconnected, then they're not doing much to assist. Could be the pump or internal leaks in the cylinders.
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Ok great. thank you very much and i will try that. i assumed this is the serial number. the other # on the boss is 43017.
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As Sean said probably not an industrial even if it's painted yellow. Whenever dealers got back a tractor in trade with a loader/backhoe they painted them yellow to make them look like an industrial for a quicker sale. Post some photos if you can. Good luck with your new tractor.

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43017 is definitely not a model number, so it has to be the serial number, which would make 41201 the model number, so it is a 1964 4000 with the utility/ag chassis and adjustable front axle, and the 4 speed transmission with non-live PTO.
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Thank you for the help, i will try that this weekend.
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Thank you, i will post. the tractor is still painted bluew/white hood. it is a front wheel assist tractor also.
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What do you mean by "front wheel assist"?
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