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Tractor of the week. Week 41: 786


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This nimble little machine was handy for many jobs.  The 358 German diesel engine provided smooth power.  The smallest member of the 86 series family, this versatile little tractor was available as an open station, 4 post canopy or a cab (rare).  Definitely on my someday list!

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She is not pretty as the one posted above but its been a trooper. Been on the farm longer than I have. Bought new by Dad and Grandpa in November 1982. Has well over 8000 hrs on it and the engine has never been opened up.

Next to last picture is Dad and I on it when I was a baby. Second one with the big goofy looking guy sitting on it is me with my son shortly before he turned 2. ( turned 3 on Sunday so picture is a year old.

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5 hours ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

This nimble little machine was handy for many jobs.  The 358 German diesel engine provided smooth power.  The smallest member of the 86 series family, this versatile little tractor was available as an open station, 4 post canopy or a cab (rare).  Definitely on my someday list!

If I'm not mistaken, the 786 was basically an open station 886 turned down to 80 ponies, which let them sell it without a rops.

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16 minutes ago, Lars (midessa) said:

786 was the smallest of the 86 series? Wasn’t there a 686?

There was, but the 786 was the smallest of the large frame tractors.  The 786 through 1586 were set up the same way.  IIRC the 7, 8, and 986 were basically the same, except the 786 had the 358, the 886 had the 360, and then the 358, and the 986 had the 436 n.a.  The 1086 (DT414) and 1486 (DT436) shared larger axles and internal components, and the 1586 had the DT436 with it's own transmission and rear end.  I'm sure there were other differences that I'm not aware of.

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2 hours ago, Lars (midessa) said:

786 was the smallest of the 86 series? Wasn’t there a 686?

Also 686 was discontinued when the 786 came out. The 2 productions never overlaped.

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9 hours ago, acem said:

It seems like the only one I've seen had a roll bar but not rops.

Is that possible or am I imagining things?

IIRC, ROPS is an acronym for Roll Over Protective Structure.  It can be two post or four post.  I don't remember seeing many 786s, but I'd like to see a two post version.  I'm thinking the factory ROPS was a four poster so I'd guess the ones you've seen had aftermarket roll bars.

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  The college farm where I went to school had a 786 only a couple years old and a couple hundred hours on it when I got to drive it.  It had a ROPS with a soft enclosure.  The school also had an 886 with a turbo installed to run a NH 782 forage harvester with 2 row head.  

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786 came from the plant with the 358c.i. German diesel not the Melrose Park 360c.i. engine.  When the 886 first came out it still had the Melrose Park 360 but in late 1978 or early 1979 the 886 was swoped over to the German diesel 358 which first appeared in the 826.  The 756 came with the German diesel 310c.i. engine which later on was in the 686 and they done away with the 312c.i. Melrose Park International diesel engine that was in the 666 and the Hydro70 and early models of the 686 and Hydro86.

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I have a 786 that I bought new. 4 post with the top as shown in the ad .  16.9 X38 's ,7.5L X15's, .The 80 horse that doesn't know it's 80 horse.One of the best dependable tractors I ever had.

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The buyers guide dated 9/80 lists the 358 as the engine available. These 2 images from the literature clearly show the 360 tho. As u can tell. The fan shroud is exposed. The other images show the 358IMG_4536.thumb.jpeg.2326f349e31628a3e5806c1fb8333d80.jpegIMG_4537.thumb.jpeg.a70d494cda430f40330abfaef627d14d.jpeg

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13 hours ago, 5488ih said:

I am aware of the engine configurations. The literature must be an 886 then. With 786 decals?

IH was famous for retouching photographs for literature.   Another popular example is the 1256 with 1206 shifting levers.

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