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brenton_o 398711 93 MB TRAC 1500 either
MB TRAC 1500
I have two MB TRAC 1500's, one is an 1985 model and the other is an 1986 model. They have both been fully restored to as new condition.
The 1985 model won the Commercial vehicle class at the 2003 Mercedes Benz club Concours d' Elegance, and the 1986 won the 2007 Concours d' Elegance, in Melbourne, Australia. They are both beautiful machines and I wouldnt want anything else!
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on the way home after winning at the Concours!
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Maybe a different sort of Merc than the others that were there? :-P
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beautiful tractor,kenworth too!
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Great MB-Trac! :-D Are you living in Australia? Are there much Tracs?
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There were quite a few MB trac's in Australia, however there are not many left these days - as most have been wrecked.
I still have 5 MB Trac's - all 1500's. Three as regular agricultural tractors and two with a stretched wheelbase and fertilizer spreaders attached.

Those that still have the MB trac's still swear by them.

I wish Mercedes would start producing them again!
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They were quite popular here with fertilizer contractors a few years back; now they seemed to have moved to the Fastrac for SP spreaders :-)
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I have a contractor near me, that still uses a pair of MB1500's hauling slurry tankers. They are in use almost every day.
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I have two MB trac 1500's and two JCB 3220 fertilizer spreaders, and despite the MB trac's being 20 years old and the JCB's 2005 and 2006 models respectively, the JCB spend a LOT more time in the workshop than the Benz's. There is always something wrong with the JCB's, last week the engine computer failed, and it was a $3000 repair bill. However, with the Mercedes, they just work and work.....
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This is often the way with older tractors & machinery though, isnt it :-)
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thats the only problem with the MB-trac,they are too good. :-[
they where too expensiv to built and finally stopt. :-(
then Doppstadt tried and faild too. :-\
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these are the MB TRAC 1500 spreaders, shown here spreading lime.
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where abouts are you locatet?
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I am approximately 250km east of Melbourne, Australia
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i workt near Echuca for a hay contractor for two summers early 90's.
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Hi brenton_o, extraordinary tracs! :-)
Very pleased to meet another fan of the only good TRACtor ever made. :-D

jdeere, you're right - they were too good. They were condemned to failure because the market was not yet ready for them. When they came up, the farmers thought a cabin was not necessary and would disturb clear view from the driver's seat and they didn't want the spring-borne front axle and such things. A few years later the same farmers didn't even think about abandoning these options. When JD and Fendt came out with the spring-borne front-axle everyone was very excited and claimed this was the substantial technical progress they had been waiting for their whole lives ! :-\
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Unfortunately, Australia never received the MB TRAC 1800, and I have been told that there was only 6 1600's delivered. I was fortunate enough to own one of these 1600 as a fertilizer spreader, same as the above picture.
However, I would love to get hold of another 1600 to restore to add to my two 1500's.
So I just need to track one down!
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The beauty of the internet & sites like Farm Photo; bringing like minded people together :-)
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Jdeere, where are you living now?
did the contractor at Echuca have MB TRAC's?
if so what models did he have?
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I think you've seen my restored 1600 ? In my opinion the later tracs with the new bonnet look even better than the older ones. That's why I wanted a 1600 or 1400.
But, to be honest, what I really wanted was an 1800 intercooler as this machine is the "king" indeed. :-).
I think I shall purchase and restore one in the future. Perhaps exchange for my 1600. In Germany it ist not as difficult as in Australia to find one but it's still difficult enough. The 1800 is cult and prices are very high.
I know a farmer who has an 1800 in good condition and with large and good looking rims and tires but he will not sell it and I can understand him ;-).
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brenton,no MB's but a 614 LSA Fendt and about three 80 series Chamberlain (last yellow ones) and a MF.
i also lived in Canada,but now back in Switzerland again.
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HI MB TRAC 1800, I used to have a 1600 and found it to be quite good. The OM366A engine is alot better engine than the OM352A found in the 1500, as the OM366A has alot more torque down low, hence alot less downshifting through the gears. My 1600 did 20,000 hours without a gearbox rebuild, however with the 1500's the gearbox's need to be rebuilt approx. every 8000hrs. I think this is due to the 1600 having a transmission oil cooler, whereas the 1500's dont have this. Also, the dual brake circuit of the 1600 is much better and safer. However, with reliability the 1600 is certainly no better than the 1500, as the OM352A is certainly a bullet proof engine!.
After owing 8 MB TRAC's over the last 15 years, the main problems i have found include:
1. the doors are not strong enough where the interior door handle screws into the door tin, and hence the metal pulls right through which requires it to be re welded into position.
2. the air conditioners are pathetic, particularly in australian conditions and are a never ending process to keep them working.
3. the drive shaft from the back of the engine to the gearbox snaps the bolts onto the flange which cause the shaft to fall off.
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Thanks for all these informations. It's interesting that there is a transmission oil cooler in Australian 1600 tracs. In Germany you have this feature only in the 1800 intercooler. Seems to be due to your climate.
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Another pic of my restored MB TRAC 1500
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Phantastic! Are the rear mudguards original? Seems as if the beads are missing as usual when taking replicas (unfortunately, mine have no beads, too).:-)
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