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Tractor coolant
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agg    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:47:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I recently bought a 1955 Farmall tractor.It runs and sounds good,however there is water in the radiator instead of coolant. Is there any reason why I shouldn't put coolant in?

Farmer Gene (NW WI)    Posted 03-29-2004 at 02:07:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Better to have antifreeze than water, however keep an eye on the coolant level, alot of those old tractors had leaks, crack in the block or whatever, and the antifreeze would get in the oil, so the owner would switch to straight water because water was cheaper to keep adding and didn't seem to go through the crack like antifreeze does. If antifreeze gets in the oil it can ruin bearings in a hurry. When I was a kid, we had an old JD that the ritual was to fill with water in the morning and pull drain plug at night.

Clipper    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:54:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
A 50/50 mix won't hurt at all.....I own Farmall's and the anti-freeze keeps em from overheating and prevents crud build-up in the radiator and the engine.

agg    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:58:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Clipper, for the useful info.I don't know much about tractors.

I think the    Posted 03-28-2004 at 16:01:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
anti freeze will help lubricate the water pump too.

Clipper    Posted 03-28-2004 at 16:06:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some Farmall's dont even have water pumps....lotta Cub's and A's out there....they used a thermo-syphon system which worked great without water pumps. :^)

agg    Posted 03-28-2004 at 17:39:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do you know if your tractor has a water pump?

Ron/PA    Posted 03-28-2004 at 16:36:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you qualified to discuss antifreeze, outside the saloon?
My A doesn't have a water pump. Thermo-syphon!
I run 50/50 winter and summer.

bob ny    Posted 03-28-2004 at 16:53:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
wealways used spring water rveryone knows springs don't freeze

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-28-2004 at 17:03:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well water depends North or South tractor.

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