Ford 555C starting problems from cold!

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Re: Ford 555C starting problems from cold!

Post #21 by widget » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:50 am

Great news Mark.......Trial and error ;)

Good learning curve, getting to understand your machine with lots of good advice from members of CMN :thumbup:

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Re: Ford 555C starting problems from cold!

Post #22 by Markwood20 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:30 am

lol, yep! lots of trial and error lol
The lucas ignition block has a bit of an iffy return spring to bring the key back from 'start' position... I haven't heard the tell tail grumble of the starter running whilst ive been using the digger. But to be safe i've ordered a new ignition panel (ign toggle & push button) I don't see changing from a key to a toggle switch being any more of a 'security' problem... those Lucas ignitions can be turned with a piece of stick anyway lol
I've also ordered a battery isolater switch to be sure that there are no electrics left on (i can tuck that out of the way somewhere which will be a damn site more secure than the original ignition lol)!

Next on the agenda is trying to find a 4 in 1 front shovel!
I had a rummage at the loader valves (i was already confident as there are spare sercs to the front) and it has the 3 spool loader controls!

Thanks for all the help and advice again guys :bow: :bow:
Rest assured i'll probably be back again soon asking when something else drops off lmao!

Anyone in NE Scotland close by that wants a good place to send their starter/Alternator etc
This is the guy that i took the starter to. Nice chap, helpful and a very good price too!

Michael Findlay - Auto Electrician
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Re: Ford 555C starting problems from cold!

Post #23 by Hugh Jaleak » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:41 pm

The machine may be newer than you think. Ford launched the 555 as a replacement for the 550 circa 1985, new model looked almost the same, other than cab on the 555 was black as opposed to yellow on the 550, and a few other tweaks. The 555 kept the 3 cylinder Ford engine.

Shortly afterwards, Ford launched the 655, this was sold as having more power IIRC, as Ford had uprated the 655 with a 4 cylinder engine. The 555C special, (if it's the one I'm thinking) was launched, along with the 655C around 1989. Any chance of a photo of your machine? May be able to give a more accurate idea of when she was built. :)


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Re: Ford 555C starting problems from cold!

Post #24 by Markwood20 » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:41 pm

Cool, ill get some pics uploaded to this thread in the next few days!
it doesn't have any branding stating its a 'special' just has 555C branding but has the extra dig back arm.

ill take some pics around the cab too as i know they went through quite a few different back hoe control setups, but i don't have enough experience to know what went with what or year models etc!
thanks for the help trying to identify the year!


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Re: Ford 555C starting problems from cold!

Post #25 by essexpete » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:09 pm

Mark's earlier thread with photo

Looks later than early 80s

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Re: Ford 555C starting problems from cold!

Post #26 by Hugh Jaleak » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:13 am

Ah ha, thanks due to Essexpete. That version with the new design of cab, AFAIK wasn't introduced until second half of 1989, earliest I've seen was on a 'G' registration. The original 555 had the same style of cab as the earlier 550.
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Re: Ford 555C starting problems from cold!

Post #27 by Markwood20 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:24 am

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Hes a quick walk round this morning, im in a tad of a rush so sorry i didnt get to lift the loader for better views of the engine!
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Re: Ford 555C starting problems from cold!

Post #28 by Markwood20 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:14 am

Thanks all for identifying the year, that's a 10 years younger than originally thought!


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