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'66 G1000 project

Postby Chuck Most » Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:24 am

So... some of you have seen the resurrection of the '49 RTI. That meant that eventually the G1000 would get it's turn to be the center of attention for a bit.

The engine had a relatively fresh overhaul on it before it was mothballed... my father used it for one season to either plow or disc (I don't recall, I'll have to ask him), and opted not to use it the following season because, let's just say, she likes keeping her tank empty. His old friend, the late Bill Bearndt, did the rebuild. That guy was a walking encyclopedia when it came to MM tractors and equipment- he tended to favor IH pickups and heavy trucks, but his tractors were always MM.

There was also a stubborn leak in the right rear tire and tube. He went back to using his Massey-Ferguson 1100 (a '74 he bought brand new), and the G1000 sat. He retired from farming a few years later, though this and the 1100 remained on the farm. Though stored outside, a large bucket was placed over the exhaust standpipe, which also had a rain cap.

The engine was running after minimal fuss- it still has the plugs, wires, cap, and rotor it had when he got it. The fuel tank was removed and cleaned, and the carb jet was replaced. When it was up and running, it was discovered that the oil pressure sending unit line had broken, so it would leak oil while running... that should be a minor fix. All the gauges appear to work... except, of course, for the one for oil pressure. :mrgreen: When it rolled for the first time, the bad right rear tire held up (though it was obviously still leaking air at an alarming rate) but the formerly "decent" left rear tire collapsed- the sidewall shredded. Fortunately, we were able to find some very nice used Firestone tires for the rear.

Here she is as of now- in the first pic the guy is still working on the right tire.

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Next thing will be to knock off that horrible Full Vision cab and tracking down some proper factory fenders for it.
In the meantime, wow... doesn't it look 1000% beter up on good tires than it did parked on flats in the weeds (like it was in my avatar pic)? :D
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby Clyde in Colo » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:33 am

I like it! Has a lot of character........... :mrgreen:
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby JWuertz » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:35 am

The G1000 gasoline tractors must be kind of rare. My dad had had a gas M670 for a year and then traded it for a diesel G1000 Vista. The vista was used on the frm for many years and was replaced by a White 135.
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby Chuck Most » Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:24 pm

I can imagine them being rare- that gas engine prefers to have an empty tank. :D I'd imagine the diesel being much more efficient as far as fuel consumption goes. I do have a line on a set of fenders for it- now I just have to set aside some time to make the two-hour round trip to go check them out.
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby Chuck Most » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:01 pm

Tracked down some fenders- they aren't perfect, but they "match" as far as patina goes. I think they'll work just fine.

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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby Chuck Most » Fri May 01, 2015 11:18 am

Got quite a bit accomplished today!

That nasty old cab is off- it put up a bigger fight than expected, but in the end it was no match for tools and tenacity.
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Now, look closely at what would be the right front corner of the cab, if it were right side up and you were in the driver's seat. See that little silver looking disc thingie? No, not the vent that fell off the heater box, the other one...
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It was the thought-to-be long-gone steering wheel hub! So that was a nice little find. :D
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And we just had to see how it would look with a fender on- though permanent mounting will have to come later. One of the factory fender bolts appears to have sheared off in the axle housing, or was torched off.
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby Chuck Most » Sun May 03, 2015 10:25 am

Good news/bad news... the bolt that honestly looked like it had been torched, was not. It was actually just dirty, tightly-packed grease in the hole! A few minutes with a small wire brush took care of that.

Now the problem is the bolts- I've got nothing that is close. I have a couple of 5/16" bolts which will thread in a bit, but not all the way. Does anyone know what size/thread pitch the fender bolts are supposed to be?
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby Chuck Most » Sun May 03, 2015 12:13 pm

Well... scratch that!
Trip to the hardware store, a few minutes chasing out the threads in the axle housings, and some good old fashioned manual labor, and here we are...

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If I get ambitious, the next job might be to see if I can't sort through that butchered wiring harness and see if I can get the lights working again. :mrgreen:
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby Chuck Most » Mon May 11, 2015 6:35 pm

Speaking of rarity... I was just e-chatting with a guy who's been crunching serial numbers for some time, and he says a mere 73 gas-powered G1000s were built in 1966. Kind of makes me wonder how many of those 73 are left today?
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby joepro91 » Tue May 19, 2015 7:10 pm

Great post! I like the looks of the mid 60 ' s row crop tractors! It looks much better with fenders and that cab removed. Do you plan to use it much? If so there are ways to make it a little more fuel efficient. You could also convert it to propane with no permanent modifications required.

A gas G1000 would make a great snow removal rig.
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby michaelmalice » Fri May 17, 2019 3:37 pm

Chuck Most wrote:Speaking of rarity... I was just e-chatting with a guy who's been crunching serial numbers for some time, and he says a mere 73 gas-powered G1000s were built in 1966. Kind of makes me wonder how many of those 73 are left today?


We have a '66 row crop that drinks gasoline as well! I rebuilt the engine and just broke it in pulling a disc around the fields.
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby idt-572 » Thu May 30, 2019 12:48 pm

I have a M 670 Diesel Special I'm restoring. I see a ton of similarity in the two tractors. Is there much that will interchange between the two?
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby bmg » Thu May 30, 2019 6:03 pm

M670 Super and G1000 share quite a few parts. Most sheet metal other than the longer hood will interchange. Many engine parts since the M670 is 2/3 of a G1000 engine.
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Re: '66 G1000 project

Postby Dave S » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:24 pm

The late and great Dave Stangle had 2 G1000 LP and 2 A4t 1600 LP as well as a 5 Star he converted to lp with help from El Mago, Bob Hawk. I think his 1966 G1000 he bought brand new from Bob has never missed a beat and never had a serious wrench put to it.

Bob sold the first g1000 in Indiana to Steve Brown in 1965, a diesel with 8 bottom plow. It is on a Prairie Gold Rush magazine with Bob sitting on it.

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