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Tractor of the week. Week 44: 806


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I always loved the look of the 806 with that rugged cast grille on them.  The 361 engine put the 806 in a different league than the smaller 706 (which I grew up on and adore). The 806 was just the right size for the medium size farms in the mid 1960's.  I was happy to find a clean factory open station version out of Texas.  It has what my friend Waylon calls: "sweet Texas patina ".

Let's see your examples of the 806!

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Dad's first big tractor was this 806, succeeding a worn out Farmall 300. It was only used 1 year, to run an irrigation pump. No fenders, narrow front, fast hitch, single remote. We added the wide front, fenders from the 826 hydro when the 826 got its' cab, maybe the second remote. My brother Mike still has the tractor, it has gone over 10 or 11,000 hours and the engine has never been apart. 

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When the first 806 was getting up there in hours, Dad went to friend's herd reduction auction in Kansas, and came back owning this low hour 806 Farmall and an International 806 that "was going too cheap". Mike has this one too.

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The I806 and my Kansas 1456.

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After owning it for several months, Dad sold the I806 to me, as he had no real use for it. It has been used for a chore tractor, and one year at plow day. The 3 bottom is the biggest trailer plow I have. Getting it dialed in.

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In 2015, I bought this 806, hoping to recreate our first 806. Hasn't happened yet.

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I've got 2, an IH diesel,  and a Farmall gas.  The diesel has a turbo, I've owned it since black Friday 2010. The gas I bought memorial weekend 2013. Both bought for collector reasons but like all things they get put to work on the farm.

Dad's Farmall is a diesel, he's owned it since late 80's. It ate the cam 2000ish. Sat unused till 2015 or so, now it's got a new cam and slowly getting painted.

 

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1 minute ago, 766 Man said:

  I know that this is an IH site but the 4010 has been a very good tractor for us and is still here today.  

My dads neighbor across the road had less trouble with his 4010 than he did the 4020 or 4430 but he's so brand loyal that they could've exploded when he brought them home and he'd still go back and buy another one. They were an Oliver farm until they had trouble with the hydra power and they were against any TA style shifting after that. In the early 70s my dad had his pick between an 1850 and an 806 and they picked the Oliver because it had a cab. He likes my 806 so much he said he wishes now they woulda bought that instead. 

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Dad and GPA bought a brandnew 806D in '63 turned her loose spring plowing dynoing 116 (turned back down when not plowing) dad said you didn't need the lights plowing after dark.... did that until the pump twisted it's shaft. The new pump they could only get 112. Then when the warranty was out dad went to King bros. In Arthur IL and got a 1206 take off turbo kit with piston coolers. They were putting dozer turbos on the 12-0's. I think he ran that until he got an actual 1206 in the 70's sometime. 

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19 minutes ago, Farming Enthusiast said:

My dads neighbor across the road had less trouble with his 4010 than he did the 4020 or 4430 but he's so brand loyal that they could've exploded when he brought them home and he'd still go back and buy another one. They were an Oliver farm until they had trouble with the hydra power and they were against any TA style shifting after that. In the early 70s my dad had his pick between an 1850 and an 806 and they picked the Oliver because it had a cab. He likes my 806 so much he said he wishes now they woulda bought that instead. 

I have never heard anyone say they wish would have gotten rid of their 806D lol gasser maybe but not the D... I wish we still had the 806LP 

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6 minutes ago, F-301066460puller said:

Dad and GPA bought a brandnew 806D in '63 turned her loose spring plowing dynoing 116 (turned back down when not plowing) dad said you didn't need the lights plowing after dark.... did that until the pump twisted it's shaft. The new pump they could only get 112. Then when the warranty was out dad went to King bros. In Arthur IL and got a 1206 take off turbo kit with piston coolers. They were putting dozer turbos on the 12-0's. I think he ran that until he got an actual 1206 in the 70's sometime. 

  Around here the 806's did not show up until September of that year.  

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11 minutes ago, F-301066460puller said:

I have never heard anyone say they wish would have gotten rid of their 806D lol gasser maybe but not the D... I wish we still had the 806LP 

I seen an old man on Machinery Pete that liked his first 806 so much that he bought another one. At the time of his auction he had them and a very low hour 1466 that he bought new after coming out of retirement temporarily. 

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15 minutes ago, Farming Enthusiast said:

I seen an old man on Machinery Pete that liked his first 806 so much that he bought another one. At the time of his auction he had them and a very low hour 1466 that he bought new after coming out of retirement temporarily. 

I just looked it up. It was a 1566 with 450 hours. It was about an hour away from me in MN

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1 hour ago, F-301066460puller said:

I have never heard anyone say they wish would have gotten rid of their 806D lol gasser maybe but not the D... I wish we still had the 806LP 

  There are two types of people.  Those who have kept their 806 D and those who wished that they never got rid of their 806 D.  

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My favorite one dad had was what I called the 1406. Bought an 806 with spun bearing to build up like the old one he had. Ended up cracking the block taking sleeves out so Jeff Suits says I got what you need bring it over. So we did and it came home with a dt407 out of early 915 combine. Put '56 fan and shroud on it for cooling and we had a beast. The electric fuel shutoff was a big upgrade lol

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We only have one, for 43 years now, ….I’ll post more than one picture of it. Because I think it’s that’s cool.  It was dads “big” tractor for a long time. Then he got the first 1066….hooked it to the  chopper…and got depressed. Took more than one turn of the fuel screw to make it feel respectable in comparison. 
 

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Here are my brother and mine 806s. The one with 66 series cab my grandfather bought new. I and my brother got it from the court after proving I paid dad money and he used it as collateral. Crazy siblings wanted it bad but I have it. I want to fix it this summer and put the standard fenders back on. We bought a wheatland that is really nice with bad engine I thought it was that picture but I got it mixed up with another that was an auction sale I was at.

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