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Looking at 1973 Ford 3000 Diesel - Help

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Bjordan
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 2 New Orleans/Mount Olive, MS
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2018-03-26          197619


Hi Folks. I am brand new to tractors and need one to bush hog and perform maintenance on my driveway and roads on the property on a piece of property I bought in MS.

I found a local Ford 300 diesel, made in 1973 with 1600 hours on it for $2,000. The seller says it starts right up, runs well. Just changed the oil. I works as it should. Has a slight hydrophilic leak. I haven't looked at it, looking Wednesday. It looks like its been outside. Doesn't come with any attachments.

What is the general feeling about these tractors? I know it will handle anything I need it to do.

Any feedback or advice?

Thanks in advance, I really need some help here...



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tpulley
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 44 Wake Forest, NC
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2018-03-27          197620


I have a 3000 its a great first tractor. My hydraulics leak some and have for, hmmm 15 years. No biggie not enough to do anything about it yet. The 3000 is a great bush hogging tractor as well as my favorite using a tiller and a box blade.

Things to look for, do they have to use starter fluid when starting it? If it's a cold day I can believe as its my understanding it wasn't until the late 70's that a glow plug came into effect. When its over 70 ish mine cranks without ether, under that its a little too sluggish for me. Look at the ball joints see how worn they are and of course are the tires dry rotted. Can't hardly wear them out but if they are decades old dry rot becomes an issue. That year isn't power steering so if you are weak in your upper body be prepared that when stopped its a bear to turn. Check the brakes, on a good working tractor when you apply the right or left brake they should stop the tire when applied hard enough. If not that can be a little dangerous in hilly country. I usually lock the brakes most of the time, unless I am tilling.

2000 sounds like a fair price for a good tractor. Happy tractoring... ....

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