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  1. 3 point mower advice

    We run a 6' mower on ours for doing ditches and tight areas around the farm. No problem with power. Be sure to pull the pin for the down pressure and instead of the top link we use a piece of chain so the mower can float some as the rear wheel goes over things or up slopes without bending the bracing on the mower.
  2. '56 farmall 400 gas control/flow regulator

    To pull the whole unit you have to remove the fuel tank since it slides forward off the bolts. Not much oil comes out when you pull the block since it sits high in relation to the hydraulic tank and pump. In my case I took the whole thing apart and replaced all the springs balls and o-rings. I ordered everything through the dealer. The o-rings and balls are cheap but the springs add up. On mine the one ball was 7/16" instead of 9/16" which explained part of the problem. The other thing I found is that all the springs were 1/8" to 3/16" shorter than the new ones from being copressed for 60 years. If you are going to continue to work on it go on eBay and get an original 55A parts book and the blue ribbon service manuals for the components you will be working on. It is well worth the investment. Messicks has a great online parts system that lets you look at the pages from the parts book in digital format which is really nice and you can print out the pages. Search "400 series" to get to the right parts book on messick's site.
  3. '56 farmall 400 gas control/flow regulator

    I just rebuilt that whole unit on mine. Remove snap ring while applying a little pressure to the end as there is a spring behind the plug. If it doesn't pop out on its own after you take the pressure off grab it with pliers and it will pop right out. The o-ring goes in a groove on the price that you popped out with the pliers. Make sure things are clean before putting it back in, lube and I used a deep socket by hand to push it in evenly. Apply pressure to get the snap ring back on and your done.
  4. Fast Hitch plow ID help needed.

    It's a U-F 20 for the 300 Utility with the cushion hitch. We have a U-F 30 stashed in the barn that was originally purchased with our 300 utility. 20 designates 2 bottom and 30 for 3 bottom. The U is for the 300 Utility and F for Fasthitch.
  5. So...what is it?

  6. So...what is it?

    Picture didn't load in last post so I'll try again.
  7. So...what is it?

    Did some digging and it looks like it is a radish harvester.
  8. Getting my but kicked by a 300 Farmall

    With all the work you did on the distributor did you replace the cap or is it the old one. They can look like they are in perfect condition but have cracks in them that let the spark jump around and cause the flutter and poor running that you describe. I have a 300 and have been down this path myself, even had this happen with new caps that were junk out of the box. Ian
  9. A New Phrase To Me

    Yeah, First time I went camping my buddies told me to get ready we had to go find the old Indian sex rocks and they were getting hard to find.So like a gullible new camper off I go ,walked several miles , Finally they said Oh here we are look at them aren't they something? I picked them up and asked what am I looking at? they look like other rocks. and with very serious faces and voices I was told they were just another F-in rock. Congratulations after the evening Snipe Hunt I was officially one of the boys. BTW ,Farmall400D, When I was "YOUNG" I did not remember if I still had shoes or socks on . It did not seem to make any difference IIRC, Tony The first time I heard it I think I was 8 or 9 around my father and his friends in the garage. It became clear when we were at a nascar race camping out and watching the races for the weekend and one of my father's friends had brought his girlfriend along. One of the evenings they were getting busy in their tent and the next thing you know you saw his socks flying out the door of the tent. That same weekend I also found out how easy it was to get women to flash you simply by saying "show us your tits" from on top of the camper. I learned a lot on that boys weekend and knew the list of things not to tell momma about. I think I was 12 at the time of this learning experience.
  10. A New Phrase To Me

    Yeah, First time I went camping my buddies told me to get ready we had to go find the old Indian sex rocks and they were getting hard to find. So like a gullible new camper off I go ,walked several miles , Finally they said Oh here we are look at them aren't they something? I picked them up and asked what am I looking at? they look like other rocks. and with very serious faces and voices I was told they were just another F-in rock. Congratulations after the evening Snipe Hunt I was officially one of the boys. BTW ,Farmall400D, When I was "YOUNG" I did not remember if I still had shoes or socks on . It did not seem to make any difference IIRC, Tony
  11. A New Phrase To Me

    This is the first time I have ever heard of sex rocks I'll have to remember that one. The one that always got me was when I was really young was when you can't get any traction it's "like trying to have sex with socks on" With age it suddenly became clear.
  12. Farmall 400 front wheel hubs

    I'm thinking about putting 6 bolt hubs on the 400. The question I have is which hubs will fit on the existing spindles. It has a factory wide front end on it and after looking up part numbers the only ones that appear like they might work are the ones off of a 300 Utility since both have half the same bearings. Would the 300 hubs or the hubs off a 460 or 560 work or am I stuck with new aftermarket hubs? Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Ian
  13. Fast Hitch Plows

    The spring is a "cushion spring" and was an option for rocky soils. There is no pivot adjustment unless it has the connection for the third point which was used on some of the plows for the utility tractors like the 300.
  14. Farmall 400 Axles - Original or not?

    Thanks for the info High Cotton. It did have a beet harvester on it during it's life with the first owner and part of it's life with the second owner. It probably left the lot that way either by dealer modification or factory option. I will have to see if that was even a factory option at the time. I grew up with standard row crop tractors on 30" rows and we did have a mounted picker but there was nothing special about the tractor to accommodate the picker. I never would have thought that the right axle would have to be longer to accommodate the beet harvester but after looking them up the hole setup of the tractor makes sense now down to the added light on the right side.
  15. Farmall 400 Axles - Original or not?

    I found a new restoration project in this 400D and am trying to figure out if the rear axle setup is something that would have come from the factory or if it was a dealer modification like the added light on the front. The right side has a long axle and the left is a regular axle. I purchased the tractor from the second owner who had owned it since 1972 and said that this is how the tractor came to him. The tractor was originally shipped to and purchased in Ventura California. The tractor was used in the vegetable fields of Southern California and the Central Coast during its working life which is why I am curious about the offset setup of this tractor and didn't immediately right it off to someone performing a "halfway" repair job. Any info or insight would be appreciated.