Big Blue: The Ford 9600

Ford 9600
Big power from small cubes! This beautiful Ford 9600 sells on August 24, 2020. Click the photo to learn more about this one-owner gem!

The 9600 is probably my favorite Ford tractor of all time. There’s something about these things that just looks right. A 9600 open station with a narrow front on a set of 20.8 Firestone Deep Treads, the white fenders with the lights in ’em, and a ROPS bar? That just screams muscle tractor to me.

The 9600 was the top dog in Ford’s lineup in 1975. It made just over 135 PTO horse from a turbocharged 401, which was one of the smallest motors of the era (I think the only one to make similar horsepower with a smaller motor was Massey Ferguson). This particular tractor also features Dual-Power, Ford’s version of a torque amplifier, which effectively allowed the operator to split the dual-range 4-speed into a 16-speed transmission. This one works, too!

The 9600 had a reputation for being a really torque-y tractor with lots of low-end grunt. It’s also known to be pretty fuel-efficient, too. I know a guy from Missouri who still farms with one today; even though he’s turned it up a little, he swears it only burns about 6.5 gallons/hour!

This particular 9600 is in BEAUTIFUL shape! It’s a one-owner tractor with good rubber all the way around, straight tin, and it’s absurdly clean both inside and out! Here’s the best part, though…it’s only got 3033 hours on it! It’s barely broken in! It lives in Minnesota until next week when our friends at Zielsdorf Auction & Real Estate send it home with a new owner!

If you want to see some video of a nicely-restored Ford 9600, our friends at Successful Farming interviewed a farmer in Grinnell, IA not too long ago for their Ageless Iron segment. Watch it here!

Useless Trivia:

How do you tell the difference between an 8000-series and a 9000-series Ford without looking under the hood? Look at the grill. On the 8000-series tractors, the rectangles are vertical. On the 9000-series, they’re horizontal!

The Roadless 95

The Roadless 95: Ford 5000 MFWD
This rare little Ford 5000 conversion packs a lot of MFWD power for its size! It’s selling at an auction in NY on July 10, 2020! Click the photo to see the listing and more photos!

It seems like there are more unique and interesting Ford conversions out there than with any other tractor brand. Most of them never made it over to American soil, though, which makes this one, a Roadless 95, all the more interesting! Goodrich Auction Service in Newark Valley, NY, sends this fairly rare tractor home to a new owner on Friday, July 10. I’m really interested to see what it this odd little tractor sells for!

The Roadless 95 started as a Ford 5000; however, before selling it, the Roadless Traction Company made some “minor” modifications to it. The British company stretched the frame about 6″ so they could stuff a 95-horse 6-cylinder Ford diesel motor into it. Roadless also turned it into a 4WD using a transfer case (built in-house) and the axle from a military 6×6. They’re pretty beefy!

I think this is a 1966-68 model. If it is, that make this one VERY rare. Roadless only made 210-215 of these, and I don’t think many of them made it over here. They’re still quite popular with English and Dutch tractor collectors as I understand it.

Admittedly, this one is rough. At some point in its life, an aftermarket turbo kit has been added to it (possibly an M&W?), so this tractor definitely makes more power than your average Roadless 95. Evan Goodrich, the auctioneer, says that it runs well and that the 4WD works too. This would be a fun one to bring to a plow day!

I have no idea what this tractor is worth, but to the right collector, it might be just what they’re looking for! I’d imagine that if a collector does pick it up, that turbo might be the first thing to go in the restoration process.

If you’re that buyer, I’d love to hear from you! Shoot me an email!

The best-selling farm truck…in the world.

Ford F-350 Powerstroke

Click here to see the details on this OBS Powerstroke!

I’ve wanted an OBS F-series with a 7.3 Powerstroke for years. I don’t have a really good reason to want one. Regardless, I still do. If and when I ever do buy an old farm truck, it’ll look just like this F-350 that my friends at Musser Bros. Auction & Real Estate are selling!

It’s no secret that the Ford F-series is the best-selling farm truck in America, recently surpassing the Beetle as the most-produced vehicle in the world! Auto industry stat nerds figure that there’s a new F-series pickup sold every minute!

Kalvin Miller was the Idaho farmer who owned this truck, and he passed away about a year ago. He was a life long Ford guy; as a matter of fact, according to his son Ryan, he had 15 different Fords at one point (I believe most of them were pickups)! He loved his Fords, and he treated them well! This ’97 F-350 is no different. He leased it from a Ford dealer for three years, and bought it after the lease ended. It’s a 5-speed stick-shift with a 225-horse Powerstroke, and it’s only got 125K on the clock! Besides that, it’s rust-free, and it’s CLEAN! Click the photo and check out the listing in detail!

In short, there’s a good reason that Fords (and especially ones like this one) are the best-selling farm truck in the world. OBS (old body style) F-350s are tough as nails, and 7.3 Powerstrokes will run forever if they’re treated right. Thus, it’s getting lots of attention – the auction runs for another week and it’s already at $8600! While I don’t know where this pickup will end up when the hammer drops, I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t hit $20K! All things considered, there will always be a market for clean, well-maintained equipment; it doesn’t matter if it’s a tractor, a baler, or an old farm truck!

Click here to look at pickups at farm equipment auctions all over the country!

Musser Bros. Auction & Real Estate

Final Hammer Price: $16,100