Usually when something good happens to me, I keep quiet about it. Karma has a way of getting even. But, I’ve waited long enough to tell this story.
3 years ago I came across an old’ boy selling a 1066. The price seemed kinda low so I thought I’ll take a look but be weary. I went and looked at the tractor and it seemed to be everything he said in his ad, and some things he didn’t. It was a low hour (1800) cab tractor. Of course the doors and some of the glass was missing. Turns out, he got the tractor off of a local farmer who said the TA was going out. He had plans to replace the TA but never did. Occasionally, when you tried to move it, it would not budge. I walk around it, drive it a little, kicked the tires and low balled him. And he took it. I was nervous at this point but what could be worse than a bad TA.
I loaded the old girl and drove home. When I went to unload it, it wouldn’t move. I messed with it awhile and finally pulled it off the trailer with another tractor. I backed it in the barn figuring I would get to it later.
in the meantime, I did some checking, bought a shop manual and asked around for ideas on what could be causing the issue. To a person, everyone I asked said the TA was bad. Just for the heck of it, I decided to run all the pressure tests anyway. Everything checked out good, but it still wouldn’t move!
At one point, I was crawled up under it and had my dad in the seat pushing the clutch and watching the little red light. Then, something caught my eye. When he released the clutch, the input shaft of the clutch assist moved, but the output shaft didn’t. So, I had him push the clutch in and out several times and got the same results. Now I’m thinking, if the clutch isn’t releasing, then it won’t move. I tore the clutch assist apart and in the spool found a little piece of metal probably an 1/8th inch square. I took the clutch assist to a local dealer and had them rebuild it. When I re-installed it, everything worked as it should. Tractor moved, TA worked. So I waited for the other shoe to drop.
I have farmed with this tractor for 3 years now and other than needing the steering cylinder rebuilt, and my brother running it out of fuel, it’s been a dandy.
there is my story.