This licensed factory service manual reproduction covers 1955-1960 Ford Tractors including 600, 601, 700, 701, 800, 801, 900, 901 and 1801 Series. Part No. SE-8174 46117.
NOTE: This manual covers Diesel engines and Select-O-Matic shifters for the Ford 801 Select-O-Matic.
Book Excerpt: 1955-1960 Ford Tractor 600, 601, 700, 701, 800, 801, 900, 901, 1801 Shop Manual
STEERING, FRONT AXLE, BRAKES, WHEELS AND TIRES
1. CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
Power steering information on this page through Page 300, applies to "General Purpose" tractors. For power steering information on other models, see Pages 301 to 322 ("Row Crop" tractors) or Pages 323 to 340 ("Industrial" tractors).
The steering mechanism comprises all the units of the tractor that have to do with directional control. These units are: steering wheel, steering column, steering gear, Pitman arms, drag links, oil pump, control valve, power cylinder and steering arm, Figure 1.
The system utilizes the conventional mechanical Ford Tractor steering gear and linkage plus a hydraulic pump, a control valve, two power cylinders, and hoses and tubing to provide a power assist in all steering operations.
In the event of power assist failure, the mechanical components provide complete steering control at all times.
A. DRAG LINK
The drag link assembly, consisting of the drag link and the drag link adjusting sleeve, is the steering linkage between the Pitman arm, attached to the steering gear, and the steering arm connected to the front spindle, Figure 1. "General Purpose" tractors have two drag links, one on each side of the tractor. Under certain conditions, such as in the adjustment of the position of the front axle, it is necessary to change the length of the drag links. Make sure that the drag links are adjusted equally to maintain the straight-ahead position of the front wheels. Instructions for making this change are detailed in the FRONT AXLE chapter.
A major or complete brake overhaul becomes necessary only when a readjustment of the brakes will not restore them to proper working order, or when they have been allowed to deteriorate through lack of adequate services.
- Raise the tractor and install jack stands under the rear axle housing.
NOTE: The brake assemblies for each wheel are the same except for the brake shoe return springs. The right brake has two return springs; the left brake, only one.
- Remove the rear wheels.
- Remove the brake drum attaching screws or spring nuts from each drum and remove the brake drums.
- Disconnect the brake shoe return springs and the retracting spring from the brake shoes, Figure 7.
- Remove the two anchor pin retainer clips and slip the anchor pins out of the brake backing plate.
- Remove the anchor pin collar, brake shoe hold down spring, cups and pin from each brake shoe.
This manual is perfect for the restorer or anyone working on one of these vehicles. Clear illustrations show exploded views as well as component details and more.
Subject: 1955-1960 Ford Tractor 600, 601, 700, 701, 800, 801, 900, 901, 1801 Shop Manual. 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960.