Ford 600 series Tractor (1955 – 1957)
The Ford 600 series was produced from 1955 to 1957 in the United States at the Highland Park Michigan factory where 116,368 were produced. The tractor sold for between $2,000 and $2,266, depending on the variant. which is equivalent to just under $25,000 in 2023 dollars.
The Ford 600 came in five variations, each with different features. The 6 20 came with no PTO, hydraulic system or 3 point hitch.
The 6 30 did not have a PTO, but did feature a hydraulic system.
The 6 40 came with a four speed transmission, the 6 50 came with a five speed and finally the 6 60 featured a five speed transmission with live PTO.
The Ford 600 Engine was built with either a 2.2 liter 4 cylinder gasoline engine or a 2.2 Liter 4 cylinder LP gas engine . The fuel tank held 11 gallons of fuel.
The Engine produced an estimated 33.3 Horsepower.
The drawbar test rated the 6 40 at 28.59 and the 6 60 at 28.23 horsepower.
The belt specification on all the variations claimed 30 horsepower, but testing came in slightly higher between 31.01 and 34.35 horsepower.
The PTO equipped variants produced 540 RPM.
The tractor was rated for a two bottom plow and had a rear lift capacity of 1250 pounds. The hitch had two settings, position and draft control.
With the exception of the 6 20, the hydraulics system was open center. The pump was continually pumping oil through the system, when a component needed power, a solenoid redirected the oil flow. The oil capacity was 2.25 gallons and the pump produced 2000 PSI. All models had optional hydraulic assisted steering.
The tractor was a 2 wheel drive tractor, with manual steering and no cabin for the operator. The rear brakes utilized differential mechanical expanding shoe brakes for stopping power.
The wheelbase was 75.2 inches. The tractor weighed between 2750 and 3095 pounds. The front tire size was 5.5-16 and the rear was 10-28 for the 6 20 6 30 6 40 and 11-28 for the 6 50 6 60 from the factory.
The electrical system on the tractor utilized a 6 volt positive ground configuration and had an on board generator for charging.