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  1. #1
    New Member
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    Jul 2012
    ford powermaster 801

    Default Breaking the tractor in half

    Hello All
    I have a 1958-60 ford 801 powermaster wish really run great. It has a 4 cyl engine and really strong, my problem is the transmission. One of the gears on the top has a broke tooth and when the clutch is in i don't hear any noise. When the clutch is out i hear a knocking sound in the transmission. Is there a video on how to break the tractor in half or a website. I can follow a video and do the job better then using a manual

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    Jan 2010
    Northern, IL
    Branson 2400H, JD X540

    Default Re: Breaking the tractor in half

    I don't know about a video but if your 801 is like the 66 - 5000 select-0-speed splitting the tractor was easy. The transmission tear down was very difficult and reassembly was not performed since the parts cost more than the tractor was worth.
    Artificial Intelligence will never overcome natural stupidity.

    Branson 2400H MMM & FEL

    JD X540

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    Super Member flusher's Avatar
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    Jun 2005
    Getting old. Sold the ranch. Sold the tractors. Moved back to the city.

    Default Re: Breaking the tractor in half

    On YouTube search for "tractor splitting". Many videos show how to do this.
    I use floor jacks, jack stands, 4x6 cribbing, engine hoist, overhead bridge crane for this type of work. I'm reassembling my 1951 Minneapolis Moline BF tractor right now. The photos show some of the equipment I use for jobs like this.

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    Platinum Member Mark Page's Avatar
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    Sep 2009
    Massey Ferguson 2615 48hp, 4wd, loader

    Default Re: Breaking the tractor in half

    I've seen this done in my dealers shop. I dosen't impress me as a job for the inexperienced. I watched 2 mechanics struggle for half an hour trying to get a Farmall H back together.
    Gear Up and Throttle Down.

    2011 Massey 2615, 7ft Woods Rear Discharge Finish Mower, 6 ft Lucknow Snow Blower, Danuser post hole digger with 12" and 24" augers, 350 lb 3 pt broadcast spreader, 7ft scraper blade, 7 ft. drag harrow, JD GT 275 rider with 38" snow blower attachment.

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    Platinum Member bucktaker's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    Sw Ohio
    Kubota L5740

    Default Re: Breaking the tractor in half

    Actually not to hard to do. Similar to replacing a transmission in a 50's-80's car just need to be careful and use jacks, hoist and common sense
    i have split my 35 twice its still apart now and a 600 ford once done by myself with no help
    Kubota L5740 La854
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  6. #6
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    Mar 2012
    570 Cockshutt, 510b Case, Allis b, 2 John Deere ARs and a 2320

    Default Re: Breaking the tractor in half

    Its not hard to do. I've done my allis and case. I took lots of pictures with my phone of the wiring and linkages so I new exactly the way they went back together. My only problem was I couldn't have a tractor taking up half of my garage for 2 months so I had to split them outside. Makes it a little more challenging lining up the motor with the tranny on uneven ground, but not imposable. Good luck


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