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Been a long time now but slowly getting there, when I first got it it was a standard drawbar no 3 point , old county ditch mower. Picked up cheap and swapped a 3 point on it from a 656 parts tractor I had. I originally was going to put a ice cab on it but decided on a canopy since I put a cab on the 1456. Right now it's getting overhauled and will be getting painted this summer as a gold demo look alike. I also am planning a custom made belly tank for it a shop is going to build for me, and will he to scale to fit the tractor. I put the 1456 style seat on it and a factory quick hitch. Also swapped for 8 bolt front hubs and a 666 heavier wide front. I will also have duals with matching tires , and 2 or 3 sets of weights on each side for ditch work. I'm going all out on this one everything will be rebuilt or new. Screenshot_20210902-194138_Gallery.thumb.jpg.27db8a89cede3d5c8032b980c4a73c94.jpg20190907_151304.thumb.jpg.1213634774892d0e3ca02e5b5a8977b4.jpg20190907_151315.thumb.jpg.e1d92776414ebf5fdc71e0f96d24ed26.jpg20191008_192459.thumb.jpg.4e2f2b8f8512fe52dd580797b4a609cf.jpg20191008_192359.thumb.jpg.8380e77e48fd2e271a0d1c9f0b3452aa.jpg20210516_134803.thumb.jpg.d01fae3d468d73e28467b08d1cbac883.jpg20210828_173050.thumb.jpg.e8c7f877c215cf66b5ae7068596801f5.jpg20211002_113820.thumb.jpg.2430a2db4e9f26d13c165809807f2c74.jpg20211002_120137.thumb.jpg.2c9c24133d6ab6f372e8bf981593ce32.jpgScreenshot_20220113-092656_Snapchat.thumb.jpg.066b22f9e50fcdcec32e13538792e468.jpg20220320_185425.thumb.jpg.7ec641afe51ea2c027f3d3b24daee733.jpg20220320_183243.thumb.jpg.82dd6772e4f9747694930944800ebc84.jpg

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1 hour ago, Tobaccoman said:

Rusty, are both the 2 point fast hitch/3 point hitch interchangeable between the 544 and 656 tractors? Reason I am asking is I want to replace the 3pth on my 656 Farmall with a 2pth. I thought only a 656 hitch will work.

544 and 656 fast hitch and 3 point hitches will exchange.   The 2 models are the same from the bell housing back.

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53 minutes ago, nate said:

Should be nice when you’re all done.   Make it how you like it!   Is it just the pics from MN that are sideways??  Lol. Mine are too

I'm to dumb to figure out why my phone pics do that

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Well after a year at the shop my 544 is rebuilt, not to happy cause they sleeved it and put 291 sleeves and pistons instead of the 301 pistons, I wasn't told they did this and I could have found another block. So that was extra cost. The total bill was way over 2 times the quoted price so that was a kick in the pants but can't do anything about that now. Next step is getting brakes done, fix a few leaks and then it will paint , wiring and Finnish the thing up. Going to be perdy wich is funny cause it's so ugly now.20230208_114109.thumb.jpg.b9220c24637764d6bff0d063c65af217.jpg20230208_114129.thumb.jpg.1731257e11fb90ab47c471271fcf9654.jpg20230208_114023.thumb.jpg.937c8fb5d2e77e64ef8789e91a8725b6.jpg20230208_114051.thumb.jpg.a79bade76e41dbc7b5e41834f6bd09fe.jpg

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Kind of wondering why you didn't leave it original  instead of swapping out parts ? I understand everyone has different ideas  I guess

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"Could have found another block," well, maybe, eventually... It's not like 544's grow on trees. They're far less common than 6-cylinder blocks. The 4-cylinder was only used on one model of tractor.

Getting a surprise bill is nothing new. That was the last straw for the C291 in our 756, when the dealer quoted $2500 for an overhaul, did nothing special to the engine, just threw the parts in, and sent it back with a bill for $6000. To their credit they did at least throw a coat of paint on the engine.

At least it's running and fresh and will last you the rest of your life. Gotta look at the bright side of things sometimes.

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14 hours ago, ksfarmdude said:

Kind of wondering why you didn't leave it original  instead of swapping out parts ? I understand everyone has different ideas  I guess

Leave what original? Everything that was original on the tractor when I got it is still original,  it had an aftermarket front end, an aftermarket seats , no fenders , and no 3 point. 

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I like things bolted on, never liked the look of the dealership bare bones tractor, everything around here has a rock box , tool boxes , steps, grease gun mount, and this will have all of that, will be used alot.20230209_112142.thumb.jpg.881df9e8f25712ce1f31ceb940d1bd9c.jpg20230209_112116.thumb.jpg.3eaedbfd8a7e7baf1c2a1b96e671561e.jpg

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13 minutes ago, Rusty shackleford said:

Leave what original? Everything that was original on the tractor when I got it is still original,  it had an aftermarket front end, an aftermarket seats , no fenders , and no 3 point. 

You replaced the front with a none factory wide front didn't you? To me that's not original , 

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20 minutes ago, ksfarmdude said:

You replaced the front with a none factory wide front didn't you? To me that's not original , 

I took an aftermarket wide front off and put a 666 ih wide front on I already had. And the 666 wide front is way nicer than the 544 so why wouldn't I do it. I also put larger 3 point arms and links on it cause I had them laying around, there nicer than the originals and are the same dimensions and are more abundant so I wpuld be dumb to spend extra money to make it not as nice just to make it look like it did at the dealer. To me original is how they were used on the farm not how they sat for sale. I remember how the tractors were around me in the field not sitting at the dealership and that's how I build mine. It's also going to be gold even tho ih never made a standard shift gold 544 but I always wanted one and am not going to pay crazy money for one when I'm just making a tractor that will be working all the time.

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6 hours ago, Matt Kirsch said:

"Could have found another block," well, maybe, eventually... It's not like 544's grow on trees. They're far less common than 6-cylinder blocks. The 4-cylinder was only used on one model of tractor.

Getting a surprise bill is nothing new. That was the last straw for the C291 in our 756, when the dealer quoted $2500 for an overhaul, did nothing special to the engine, just threw the parts in, and sent it back with a bill for $6000. To their credit they did at least throw a coat of paint on the engine.

At least it's running and fresh and will last you the rest of your life. Gotta look at the bright side of things sometimes.

I know a guy that has one he would sell me so that was already found before they sleeved mine

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5 hours ago, ksfarmdude said:

You replaced the front with a none factory wide front didn't you? To me that's not original , 

Geez leave the guy be.   I have met “Rusty”.  He is a nice guy.   His tractor= he can do what he wants with it.  If he wants to paint it purple with pink Polk-a-dots so be it

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I was merely pointing out that it would look fine being original no need to get puffy with me it was my opinion so leave it be

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