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Ford backhoe year?

Discussion in 'Tractor/Loader/Backhoes' started by marc0490, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. marc0490

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    Ok went down to Crew Tractor they had no idea what year my machine is.
    Tractor Number is -c588988 they said it could be a 1978 or a 1988 any help would be great.
     
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    Can you post a picture? I could tell you right away what it is.
    Does it have a 3 or 4 cylinder engine?
    Theres alot of differences.
     
  4. marc0490

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    I will post one tonight and it is a 3 cup thanks for the help
     
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    Here it is.
     

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    Mikefromcny Well-Known Member

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    Marc, whats your unit number? I think you have the tractor # listed. My Ford dealer showed me how to break down the unit number, Just went and looked at mine to be sure. Should be on same tag, left side of dash. -Mike
     
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    Looks like a 80's vintage 550.
     
  8. marc0490

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    Tractor number-c588988
    Model- df311f
    Unit- 9a04b
    Engine- 8j01a
    Trans- 8j22b
    Rear- 8h28c
    This is everything on tag next to the steering wheel
     
  9. fpgm04

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    The 555 Ford repair manual breaks down the date code syntax as follows.

    1st digit is year
    4-1984
    5-1985
    6-1986
    Etc.

    2nd digit is month
    A-Jan H-Aug
    B-Feb I ā€“ Note ā€œIā€ is not used
    C-Mar J-Sept
    D-Apr K-Oct
    E-May L-Nov
    F-June M-Dec
    G-July

    3rd and 4th digit is day of month
    01..31

    5th digit is production shift
    A-Midnight shift
    B-Day shift
    C-Afternoon shift

    Therefore based on this, your tractor 9a04b was built on the 4th of January, 1989 by the day shift.
    Your engine 8j01a was built on the 1st of September, 1988 by the midnight shift.

    This is assuming you have a 555 as Daman stated. If so, you can calculate your transmission and rear axle build dates similarly.

    Note the model number does not follow this same syntax. There is not a lot of useful information in the model as it just tells you things that you already know like engine type=diesel, etc.

    I hope this helps.
     
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  10. Mikefromcny

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    It looks to be a '79. if it were a '89, it was the first year of the 'c' model, and they look more modern.

    550 1975-1977
    555 1978-1982
    555a 1983-1984
    555b 1986-1988
    555c 1989-1992
    555d 1992-1995
    555e 1996-2000

    The 550-555b all look similar, the give away with the 'a' model is the square headlights on cabbed models.
     
  11. Mikefromcny

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    Heres mine, it is an '81/'82 model, built in july of '81, not sure what it would be considered. It has the front weights like yours marc, nice to have as the front end is very light, lots of fun to take off and reinstall though.

    [​IMG]
     
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