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1970 826 Hydro sn# 11856


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I purchased this tractor in the fall of 2018.  I have eluded to the existence of this machine, but waited until now to comment.  This 826 has had an interesting life.  It was sold by my boss; up at Mcwhirter Impl. in Baxter IA to the city of Colfax on July 26, 1988.  It came with a 2355 loader and a JD 350 sickle mower, box blade and a JD blade. It was used for mowing city lots,  blowing snow, pumping water and light landscaping duties.  They traded it in to Colfax Tractor, March 2018. When I purchased the tractor, the City Manager invited me down to the shop for some items for the tractor.  I received a huge box of filters, tire chains, heathouser, and the owners manual and copies of all service records in the manilla file. The records showed all fluid changes,  engine and hydro overhauls and when the new tires were installed.   

Years of city maintenance had led to lots of interesting repairs!  The lights were all controlled by a series of push/ pull switches mounted in the kick panel.  None of the original switches were intact,  and most were in the wrong places.  A 4 post canopy had been installed to meet OSHA requirements and the loader was sold years before. 

 

 

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The 826 ran well. The engine and hydro were strong. The batteries would not stay charged and the water pump was leaking steady.

I stripped all the sheetmetal off and gave it a wash.  Installed a Hy Capacity water pump, new alternator,  wiring harness and all new switches.  Changed the engine oil and filter.  Replaced a bent step, added RH steps and grab handle. Replaced a broken top link bracket, mangled PTO shield and installed a proper top link and an IH quick hitch. Installed proper battery hold down covers and a LH toolbox.Now, the 826 started, ran and charged correctly!

 

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Then the 826 went back into the shop.  I rebuilt the leaky hand pump on the steering. Rebuilt the tilt steering and installed a new wheel and cap.   The fuel tank started leaking from a pinhole in the bottom. So, I replaced it and all the fuel filters. Added an alternator guard I purchased at the Roundup in Bloomsburg.

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19 minutes ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

Funny you should ask that!  In the spring of 2019, I resumed work on the 826.

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Very nice! Looks better without it imo. Sharp tractor!

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Looks good. It's a shame that they didn't put  Firestones on it  :(

 

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I replaced the kick panel for one without extra holes drilled into it. Installed a proper switch and capillary for the ether system. Found an IH stamped muffler at work and installed it. Replaced the missing shield over the hydraulic valves under the seat.

Then this came in on a tractor at work! ?

 

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I repainted the ROPS and canopy.  I chose to leave the sound deadening black underneath the canopy to reduce glare. I kind of like it.   I can always paint it white later if I decide to.  Then we mounted it onto the 826.  That was a hot, humid night I recall. 

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It was mid June at this point.  I decided to repaint all the hoods and the grille.  The humidity played havoc with the drying process! 

I hoped to have the 826 ready for the Chapter 5 state show at Marshalltown, first weekend of August.  I was current President of Chapter 5 and really wanted a big display.   I spent 3 weeks preparing my 06 and 56 series collection for the show. As you may recall I had the 544, 2 656, 756, 856 gas, 806, 1206, 666 diesel and model 80 combine on display at the State show.  I ran out of time to finish the 826 properly and it remained home. Here are photos taken the morning before we loaded 2 semi loads for Marshalltown. 

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Starting to come together.   Progress during Soybean harvest 2019.  Stored it looking like this over winter. Then 2020 came. Covid. No tractor shows, rides, parades *except Roundup *. Then the derecho on the heels of the Roundup. Storm damage/ cleanup/ no electricity for a week.  Then harvest. So, 826 sat another winter in the shed down the road.  

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Then, this spring,  my friend Waylon calls me.  We are taking 826's on the tractor ride at Dyersville, first part of June. So, the 826 comes out of hibernation.  Got a nice bath.  In the meantime,  I had collected a pair of 9.5L-15 tires and correct rims off this donor 826. The 11L-15 tires and rims on my 826 were "backwards " because the offset was wrong.  Always bothered me!

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I painted the 9.5L-15 rims and installed them.  Painted the rear castings and rims as well.  Finally installed the hydro decals on the hood. Waxed up the hoods, checked the fluids and the 826 was ready to tractor ride.

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These photos from the ride show off the 826.

I still plan to find a proper deck for it, has an 06 series now.  Also needs seat cushions and the inserts for the shifter knobs.  Also needs a new PTO lever. The ride revealed a leaky valve under the seat, but the 826 did well in the hills of NE Iowa !

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I should mention that the muffler exhaust pipe extension is the one off my Dad's 856 Custom.  He pulled it off and kept it when the tractor was sold on auction in 1995.

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5 hours ago, Farmall1066 said:

That turned out nice!! Good looking tractor Aaron!!

 

I’d like to see more of the 1066 black stripe you got the rops off of!!!!

It was rode hard and put away wet.

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what if I may ask did you do with the 4 post rops???

amazing work  

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