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Tractor of the week. Week 31: 656


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Grandpa bought this one brand new.  He would not take delivery until the ICB cab was on it.  I remember picking up bales with it when I was 8 years old.  It will never leave this farm 

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This 656 LP belonged to a good friend that passed a few years ago. His widow offered to sell it to me but l didn't the funds at the time. The this pic was taken, he had driven it to town to the car wash to clean it up after a hose had busted and found out there was a car and tractor show across the street so he took over and entered. He got second place in the "original class."  (lf you look hard enough you can see the little trophy up by the radiator)

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This is my 656 gas with a 6 row cotton planter. My wife bought the tractor for me on my birthday a few years ago and my 3 granddaughters pitched in and bought the planter.

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Since there probably won't be a separate post about the 664, l thought l'd post it here. lt had the transmission and drivetrain of  the 656 U but with a 239 diesel engine. l sold it several years ago because l just didn't have any more room for it.

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I worked at Heathercrest Farms, just west of Madison Wisconsin during my high school years, and 4 years after HS. They had a Farmall 656 gasser w/early vintage grill, no 3 point, but had the ‘swinging drawbar’, dual hydraulics. That tractor was used nearly every day. Even  the 826’s, 856’s, or later on the 1086 were not used as much that 656. The only things I don’t recall that tractor not doing was moldboard plowing(didn’t have a plow small enough), nor was it used on a forage harvester(also didn’t have a chopper small enough).

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2 hours ago, 766 Man said:

  What's the story with the last 656 you show?  Looks like a barn find.

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I have a thread about it in the restorations section here on the website.  Rebuilt it in 2017.

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7 hours ago, IH Forever said:

I'd be interested in more info, date and address.  Harvest time is tough but if it's on a Sunday I might be able to get down just to watch if nothing else.

Talked to Dave Struthers, it’s October 21st, a Saturday. I’ll have more info when we get closer. 

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My favorite job since I was little was discing with the 656 Diesel and 370 disc. In this video that I took in the 90's, I am also pulling a section of chain harrows. There is nothing like the sound of a D-282 engine! This one was bought new in 1967.  

 

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I have a Vibra shank for the 656. Quite sometime ago I was cultivating beside my farmer neighbor and he was standing by the fence for a while. I pulled up and asked him whats up. He said nothing I just like hearing that old tractor , they don't sound like that anymore👍

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22 hours ago, Littlefeller said:

Grandpa bought this one brand new.  He would not take delivery until the ICB cab was on it.  I remember picking up bales with it when I was 8 years old.  It will never leave this farm 

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I almost had another 656 a couple years ago- a twin to yours , One owner tractor ICB cab ,7500 hrs never touched. I asked if the ta was done and he told me Grandpa never used it..ever

I made  him and offer and he said he had to discuss with his Dad . Called me back and said they will take my offer  but theres someone else coming in the morning . WTH , .if the other guy didn't out bid me, I told him I withdraw my offer, he stuttered like Mel Tillis trying to back pedal but that was enough for me. It was a want not a need . never regretted my decision , if there was another guy he was getting it for $50 more than my offer or he was bs'n me

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42 minutes ago, Tobaccoman said:

I see every almost version made; but no 656 Western. Anybody have one they can post pictures of. Thanks in advance. 

I have photos of both a gas and a diesel western special on my digital camera.   Need to see if I can move them to this website.  I have always wanted one of the western specials!

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9 hours ago, hillman said:

I almost had another 656 a couple years ago- a twin to yours , One owner tractor ICB cab ,7500 hrs never touched. I asked if the ta was done and he told me Grandpa never used it..ever

I made  him and offer and he said he had to discuss with his Dad . Called me back and said they will take my offer  but theres someone else coming in the morning . WTH , .if the other guy didn't out bid me, I told him I withdraw my offer, he stuttered like Mel Tillis trying to back pedal but that was enough for me. It was a want not a need . never regretted my decision , if there was another guy he was getting it for $50 more than my offer or he was bs'n me

I can assure you it was not me, mine has less than 6000 hours and we use the ta a lot... 

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Purchased our 656 gas in October 2001 from the aunt of one my dad's coworkers after his uncle passed away. He was the original owner of it and had a dairy farm at one time and I think he raised dairy heifers until his passing. I remember going to his farm which is just a few miles away across the state line in NY when I was like 5  for some reason or another. We can almost see the farm from one of our fields actually. All that's left of the farm is the Morton pole barn and the house everything else was torn down and cleaned up. It had like 3500 hrs or something when we got it just rolled over 7600 recently. Had the engine overhauled in 2021 and wow it's like a brand new machine. Never had any leaks and no rear end whine. I remember a few years we didn't use it much because gas prices were so high. I believe '05 was one of them nowadays we use it almost daily as the 400 is in semi retirement . Geared just right to rake and ted hay and planting. There's some things like running square baler where 1st gear is too fast. Have pulled cultimulcher and hauled silage and hay wagons with it although brakes are the biggest downfall especially hauling manure. It does have it's place it's a favorite and is handy to have around

Still in it's original work clothes

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Oh the memories.  Spent lots of hours as a youth on dad's 656 open station, narrow front, gasser.  Engine wailing, fender mounted radio cranking out whatever AM rock and roll station I could find.  It took the place of our M as our main tillage tractor, eventually got traded for an 856D when gas got too expensive.  Served us well for several years.

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4 hours ago, acem said:

Western?

Never heard of that kinda 656.

What's it's specs?

Most had the the pressed steel rear wheels.  Full coverage deck shields, flattop rear fenders.  Many were swinging draw bar.  Most were 3 point delete.  Some were PTO delete.

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Thanks. 

I've seen the pressed steel rims/wheels but not that package.

Where were they sold?

3pt/2pt delete is rare here. TA delete was not as common with the small frame (656,544,etc) tractors as the larger frame down here. 

 

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On 8/10/2023 at 10:52 AM, Littlefeller said:

Grandpa bought this one brand new.  He would not take delivery until the ICB cab was on it.  I remember picking up bales with it when I was 8 years old.  It will never leave this farm 

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Nice looking tractor!

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