In Reply to: Re: Question for member Gaspump posted by Tim Daley(MI) on September 10, 2019 at 03:22:45:
Thanks Tim. FoMoCo had 3 big blunders and losses in the late Fifties to early Sixties. The first and most famous was the Edsel, then as you noted the early SOS transmission. It would seem that Ford Tractor Division would have learned a lesson from the SOS fiasco, but it repeated with another mistake on the 6000 tractor. Again, the tractor was released to market without adequate testing and evaluation. The early production machines with Diesel engines would break the crankshaft, rear wheel bearings would fail, and the hyradulic lift was erratic. The SOS transmission however had been improved and was pretty much bullet proof. All 6000 tractors had the SOS by the way. Some of the early tractors were so bad that Ford either replaced them with another improved model or bought them back. Ford initiated a campaign to modify and update the early tractors still in the field in early 1961. For each tractor involved, the dealer received a crate that was about 6ft long and 2 1/2ft square full of parts to change out. By late 1962 the crate also included paint to change the tractor to the new Blue theme. The 6000 remained the Ford Tractor Flagship until the Ford 8000 debuted for 1968. The Select-O-Speed transmission was totally redesigned for the "New World Tractors" line for 1965 and remained available well into the 1970's. For what its worth...SoS.