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#1 andrewn269

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 08:51 PM

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 08:54 PM

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:00 PM

Wow that looks like a great install..the Cummins is a great engine! but what happend to the original 407?
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Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:11 PM

Split it to put a IPTO shaft and clutch in it and found the head gasket leaking so figured id replace it and ended up finding a cracked sleeve. Tractor has 10227hours on it have wanted to do a conversion since i saw a picture of one years ago in a farm magazine always thought id find a gasser and convert it but guess this one will work. It was bought new in 67-68 and is a custom.856_pictures_003__Medium_.jpg DSCI0005__Medium_.JPG ium_.JPG]

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 11:11 PM

The Customs didn't come out til 1969 .

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:18 PM

looks good, what yr of Cummins is that, 90s 12 valve?

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:46 PM

Was just guessing on the year, was a few years before my time. Asked my uncle today and he said he paid $7200 for it new in 69 and I think he said that that included $500 for 12ply 18.4x28 tires. The engine was out of an 89 pickup tag says its 160hp @ 2500RPMs should make a great silage blower tractor, wont be use for any tillage work just mainly a haying tractor.

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 07:05 AM

nice job looks great been wanting to do one myself.
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Posted 25 December 2009 - 07:31 AM

Was just guessing on the year, was a few years before my time. Asked my uncle today and he said he paid $7200 for it new in 69 and I think he said that that included $500 for 12ply 18.4x28 tires. The engine was out of an 89 pickup tag says its 160hp @ 2500RPMs should make a great silage blower tractor, wont be use for any tillage work just mainly a haying tractor.


That price sounds about right. In 1970 Dad gave $10,000 for an 856, disc, plow, and 4 row planter.
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Posted 28 December 2009 - 05:29 PM

Only big thing left to figure out is a tachometer drive.


Look into an alternator signal driven tach or a magnetic pick-up type of tach. Someone like VDO or Stewart-Warner should make a tach that will fit in the 856 5" or so hole in the dash and use an electric signal.

If you are looking for OE tach look, then I'm not sure how to drive the IH tach off a cummins

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