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Old 07-09-2005, 09:37 PM   post #1 of 11
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This is the Tractor I purchased on eBay. The last week of June!
My first posting was in the "Big Boys" area but it really fit here in the Compact Utility Tractor area.

The tractor was a smoker, check the compression it was equal on all cylinders. So I was thinking it was the valve guides need to be replaced. So I added some Marvel Mystery Oil in to the gas and the oil. After 35 minutes of running the tractor it stop smoking!!!!!

I replace the front tires (that made it look a whole lot better) and muffler and pipes.

So far I a spent on Tractor, parts, and Gas (on getting the tractor home and retrieving parts): $960
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Old 07-09-2005, 09:40 PM   post #2 of 11
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Not bad at all! I TO 30's were a nice tractor. Didn't they have live Hydro??
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Old 07-09-2005, 09:51 PM   post #3 of 11
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The Hydraulics on this 1953 TO-30 runs off the pto shaft (not an external after market pump). The hydraulic pump is internal located under the seat and is driven off the pto shaft. So the raise the 3 point the pto is engaged and spinning. I am not very keen on that design!
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Same way the N's are. Works, but not the pest. I was think the 30 had it. I know the 20 did not. Funny, I remember when I was shopping, that the 30 was a big step up from the to20, but for some reason now, I cant remember why.
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Hey 10 more horse power is 33% more than the TO-20
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Do you have any pictures?
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Old 07-10-2005, 12:18 AM   post #7 of 11
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Right here have the hood off

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Looks like a good one for the $$!!
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:43 PM   post #9 of 11
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This is the Tractor I purchased on eBay. The last week of June!
My first posting was in the "Big Boys" area but it really fit here in the Compact Utility Tractor area.

The tractor was a smoker, check the compression it was equal on all cylinders. So I was thinking it was the valve guides need to be replaced. So I added some Marvel Mystery Oil in to the gas and the oil. After 35 minutes of running the tractor it stop smoking!!!!!

I replace the front tires (that made it look a whole lot better) and muffler and pipes.

So far I a spent on Tractor, parts, and Gas (on getting the tractor home and retrieving parts): $960

The Marvel Mystery oil didn't do anything to the valve guides but it did help the oil rings to get unstuck. It was the stuck oil rings that were causing the smoking. The TO's get very little oil up to the valve guides.........some of it coming from oil getting bounced off the tips of the rocker arms and the rest coming from oil misting in the crankcase. It's a good idea to occasionally bring the engine up to full operating temperature and work it at maximum rpm for 30 minutes or so. Like every internal combustion engine the TO's must have a thermostat in the upper hose to ensure a quick warm-up.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:48 PM   post #10 of 11
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I'm not one to get into resto projects, bought new so I could put it to work on day one. That rig looks to be in good condition though. My father in law wanted to give me one similar, but wife said no. (She calls them widow-makers.)
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:01 PM   post #11 of 11
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I'm not one to get into resto projects, bought new so I could put it to work on day one. That rig looks to be in good condition though. My father in law wanted to give me one similar, but wife said no. (She calls them widow-makers.)

If these old Ferguson's were well cared for they'll last virtually forever. I bought a TO-30 last year for $2500 that was in excellent condition but had one big problem. It's steering box was totally shot. It didn't have a single drop of oil in it and the three gears inside were pounded so bad their teeth were sharp. I rebuilt it ($400 for the used parts) and now the tractor is in perfect condition. Rather than re-filling the steering box with oil I pumped it completely full of #2 moly grease until grease came out of the top bearing under the steering wheel (it took 7 pounds of grease). The average price for these TO's is $2500..........some going for as little as $500 and some going for $4500. The most important thing is to buy one that is complete (no major parts missing).
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