FORD tractors loved nice success within the Nineteen Eighties in Eire with each the favored 10 and TW sequence tractors.
Ford knew that platforms for these tractors was relationship, a lot of which may very well be traced again to the late 70s – however its engineers had been engaged on a brand new ground-up design with only some tried and examined elements carried over from earlier fashions.
Key to the long run success of the Ford tractor model was the necessity to deal with the unfamed tendency of its engines to go porous. This led to the event of the Powestar 6.6L and seven.5L engines. An beneath careworn powerplant, the turbocharged 7.5l PowerStar engine of the 8340 produced 125hp and is famend for its reliability.
One other key improvement was the 40km/hr 16F/16R Electroshift transmission, fitted as commonplace the 8340 SLE. Conveniently situated inside straightforward attain of the operator, the centre lever offered the primary 4 button-operated powershift gears, whereas 5-8 have been chosen by pushing the lever ahead. To the left of this sat a button clutched shuttle and to the precise a excessive and low vary gear lever. The identical console additionally housed the hand throttle in addition to the digital carry rocker swap.
The 8340s cab is a nice place to spend a working day, with little similarities to the earlier SuperQ equal.
It boasts a completely digital sprint, passenger seat, damper clutch, in addition to digital PTO, carry and draft controls.
Early 8340s are simply recognised by their white roofed cabs and blue chassis. These tractors have been fitted with a Carrero – later Fiat – entrance axle, and plenty of had the gearpack solenoids and loom situated within the gearbox, later moved externally for simple entry.
As Fiat took over Ford 1996, the Fiat emblem headed the bonnet, the color scheme was modified to blue cabs and gray chassis, in addition to different minor adjustments. New Holland wording spanned the bonnet with the Ford identify taking a minor spot above the mannequin quantity and in the end dropped.
The 8340 loved nice success in Eire and apparently, one of many first Ford 8340’s offered in Eire was to Ted O’Sullivan, farming by Cork airport.
Bought from Ford New Holland seller Jim Murnane in 1992, the devoted 8340 may be very a lot in energetic service with Ted reporting that it presently has a bit of over 10,000 hours on the clock.
Ford PowerStar 7.5L
Years of manufacture