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Ford 861
Ford 861-D with Elenco four wheel drive conversion-3944
A Ford 861 with Elenco Four Wheel drive conversion
Model history
Model introduced Unknown
Model discontinued Unknown
Model status Unknown Discontinued
Engine Specification
Engine make Ford
Fuel type Gasoline / Diesel
Power hp Unknown
Cooling system Water
Transmission Details
Transmission type Unknown
Drive 2WD / MFWD conversion available
Linkage Category Unknown
Other info
Factories Dearbourn, Michigan, USA
Plow rating Unknown
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The Ford 861 was introduced in 195? as part of the Powermaster built at Dearbourn, Michigan, USA by the Ford Motor Co.

Model historyEdit

In late 1957 Ford introduced another expanded line up for 1958 renamed the "01" series. These included the 501 (offset) 601, 701, 801, and 901 series tractors. Several improvements were made and new options such as power steering appeared. Horsepower increased across the line and the color schemes were changed. The 172 cubic inch gas or diesel engined 801 and 901 were known as the Powermaster tractors. Their paint scheme included a red hood center with gray sides and new "egg crate" style grille. All got a new medallion for the front of the hood and new styled rear fenders.


Decoding the 3 digit model numbers on "01" series tractors - 

First number

5** - One row offset tractor with134 ci gas, LP-gas or 144 ci diesel engine  6** - Four wheel utility type with adjustable front axle, 134 ci gas, LP-gas or 144 ci diesel engine  7** - High clearance row crop with134 ci gas, LP-gas or 144 ci diesel engine  8** - Four wheel utility type with adjustable front axle, 172 ci gas, LP-gas or 172 ci diesel engine  9** - High clearance row crop type, 172 ci gas, LP-gas or 172 ci diesel engine 


Second number 

  • 1* - Select-O-Speed transmission, no PTO 
  • 2* - Four speed transmission, no PTO or 3 point lift 
  • 3* - Four speed transmission, no PTO 
  • 4* - Four speed transmission with PTO and 3 point lift
  • 5* - Five speed transmission with 3 point lift and non-live PTO
  • 6* - Five speed transmission with 3 point lift and live PTO
  • 7* - Select-O-Speed transmission with single speed PTO and 3 point lift
  • 8* - Select-O-Speed transmission with dual and ground speed PTO and 3 point lift


Third number 

    • 1 - "01" series '57 - '62 


Suffixes 

-1 - Tricycle with single front wheel -4 - High clearance with wide front -5 - Factory wide front end -S - Sherman transmission -L - LP gas engine  -D - Diesel engine Source

VariationsEdit

Offered in both Gasoline and Diesel engined versions.

Four wheel driveEdit

A conversion kit was offered by Elenco for this and other models.

PreservationEdit

These models were not officially imported into the UK when new, but a few examples have been brought in by collectors in recent years

List of Preserved Ford 861 tractors
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