The short version: how do I get a non-running Farmall 656 Hydro off a trailer?
The long version: You know that little voice in your head that tries to warn you when you are about to do something dumb? (Mine sounds a lot like my wife ) Well, I went to buy a little flatbed trailer that I found on Craigslist a few weeks ago. When I got to the place, it turned out to be a big estate sale. None of the kids wanted to move back from the city after their folks went to a nursing home, so everything was being sold and hauled off. One of the kids took me around back to show me the trailer. He told me that it had a tractor on it that he couldn't figure out and asked if I would take it with the trailer at full asking price just to get it out of there. Before that little voice had a chance to stop me, I agreed to buy the trailer with the mystery tractor on it before we had even gotten to it.
It turns out the trailer was worth every penny of the $1400 I paid. All the lights and brakes work! Solid deck and good tires, what more could you ask for?
I have no idea what I got myself into with the tractor... It is a Farmall 656 Gasoline Hydro and other than a lot of bird poo on the hood and seat, it is cosmetically in great shape. The engine is free; I can wiggle the crank pulley back and forth a few degrees. I have no idea what condition the hydrostatic drive is in. All that appears to be missing is the rotor off the distributor... a common way to lock-up your tractor around here. I know absolutely nothing about the tractor beyond what I just wrote here. I have a manual on the way, but I need to get it off the trailer before it will get here. Is there a freewheel lever like a riding lawn mower to disengage the hydrostatic and let me roll it off the trailer?
My plan is to get it running again. I think it would make a great brush-hogging and snow plowing tractor.
Does anyone have any tips or helpful hints for me? I've never owned or worked on anything with a hydrostatic transmission before.
Thanks in advance. Pictures will be posted as soon as a have it off the trailer and in the shed.