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Antique Ford Tractor: Ford 541 Offset Workmaster

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This is the offset version of the Ford 541. It was designed for implements to be mounted under the body and gave an unobstructed view. This was a departure from the concept of rear-mounted implements.

Ford 541 Offset Workmaster Tractor


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larry arflin wrote on Thursday, October 10, 2013 (PDT):
  • Can anyone tell me the paint scheme for the hood. Is it all red or is it red with gray in the center
    Van Cardaras wrote on Saturday, June 15, 2013 (PDT):
  • I have a very nice. Ford 541 Workmaster that I would like to sell. I don t use it and could use the space. It looks and runs great. Please call 740-216-0452. Asking 5500.00.
    Rusty Bouzek wrote on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (PDT):
  • Looking for restorable 541 offset 903-777-3329 Please call
    Ivan Washburn wrote on Monday, September 26, 2011 (PDT):
  • Have a 1959 541 totally restored for sale. Engine re-built completely, new tires and rims, new battery. 6500 or make offer. Never gets used and needs to go.
    robert gilbert wrote on Friday, July 01, 2011 (PDT):
  • did they make a 600 ford tractor that was gray fenders and hood an motor was red
    Tim wrote on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 (PDT):
  • Dad has a Ford 541 Workmaster Offset. It runs great, might sell for the right price.
    keith garrity wrote on Sunday, July 25, 2010 (PDT):
  • im looking for carburator adjustments for 1965 ford workmaster thanks in advance
    Jack wrote on Thursday, July 08, 2010 (PDT):
  • Do you know where I can find information on my Ford tractor serial number 165362 I think it is a 661 workmaster.
    Scot wrote on Sunday, April 04, 2010 (PDT):
  • Looking to buy a ford offset tractor. Will travel to pick up ,cash buyer. Call anytime 937-750-1737 Thanks Scot
    mike watson wrote on Friday, February 26, 2010 (PST):
  • My daddy bought one of these about 1962. It was a diesel. Dont know the horsepower. We were tobacco farmers. but it replaced our mule cultivated after a fashion pulled the irrigation system and payed off the morgage.
    phil wireman wrote on Thursday, January 07, 2010 (PST):
  • i am looking for a 501 or a 2000 offset to buy 419 3021749
    bill lemons wrote on Sunday, September 13, 2009 (PDT):
  • I restored a 541 offset. Based on the serial number its a 1959 model. I converted the 6v to 12v. and that makes it much more fun to use as it cranks without problems summer and winter. I used a 801 block with 541 exhaust/intake manifold and carburator to limit the horse power. This engine was completely rebuilt professionally and is powerful. I need at steering box. This is the hardest part to find on the whole tractor. Only the 541 uses this steering gear box. Anyone with a parts tractor please contact me if the steering box is available.
    william jackson wrote on Friday, August 14, 2009 (PDT):
  • i am looking for a gas tank for 541 ford off set tractor
    Glenn Dreyer wrote on Sunday, December 14, 2008 (PST):
  • I m buying a 1958 ford 541 tractor,want to restore it.Can you tell me where I can find pictures,plus parts they seem to be hard to find.Thanks Glenn NH
    tim parker wrote on Thursday, March 27, 2008 (PDT):
  • I have a 541 offset with all the implements under and behind.i love it use it all the time i am looking for parts also.parts are hard to find
    tim parker wrote on Thursday, March 27, 2008 (PDT):
  • I have a 541 offset with all the implements under and behind.i love it use it all the time i am looking for parts also.parts are hard to find
    James Wilson wrote on Friday, February 01, 2008 (PST):
  • Have 541 offset for sale older restoration 4500.00 Phone 1-810-441-3101 or 1-810-664-7881
    Phil Becker wrote on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 (PST):
  • We are restoring a 501 and have found decals abook featuring it
    phil wrote on Saturday, November 03, 2007 (PST):
  • looking to buy a restorable ford offset ractor 501 or 2000 contact me at 419 3021749 thanks
    Jeff Goard wrote on Friday, November 02, 2007 (PST):
  • Im looking to restore my Dad s who passed away this past years, 1959 Ford 541 Offset Workmaster tractor....Where can I find parts....colors....etc!1 The tractor is in amazing shape now..after I finish I will love to sell it
    Rick Moore wrote on Wednesday, November 01, 2006 (PST):
  • Can anybody tell me where I can find part of the three point hitch on a ford 541 offset. It is on the right hand side and is the part that is threaded and adjustable and connects to hitch arm?Any other makes fit?
    Michael Lipscomb wrote on Monday, September 04, 2006 (PDT):
  • My Dad is restoring a 1958 541-4 high clearence offset Ford tractor with 38 inch rear tires. Do you know where you can get parts and about how many were built?
    Stan wrote on Friday, August 25, 2006 (PDT):
  • Looking to buy a Ford offset tractor, contact me with info and price. Thanks
    Joe wrote on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 (PDT):
  • I found a tractor the guy says is a 540. Did they make this tractor centered and not offset or is it a 640. there are no decals on the side. any help appreciated
    JEROME wrote on Monday, August 07, 2006 (PDT):
  • I HAVE A 541 OFFSET HIGH CLEAR DIESEL, I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU;
    larry pickering wrote on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 (PDT):
  • i'm still looking for decals for my 1959 541 offset ford tractor.any help would be great.
    STEVE wrote on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 (PDT):
  • I AM LOOKING FOR A SET OF TURF TIRES AND WHEELS FOR MY 1985 FORD 1710. THE REARS ARE 11.2-24 AND THE FRONTS ARE 600.-16 THANKS
    Thomas wrote on Thursday, May 18, 2006 (PDT):
  • I own a 1954 Ford offset workmaster but I have no attachments. What kind of attachments come for this tractor?
    Randy Blackwell wrote on Sunday, May 07, 2006 (PDT):
  • I have a 1964 2000 Offset. Does anyone know how many offsets were manufactured?
    larry pickering wrote on Thursday, April 06, 2006 (PDT):
  • i have a 541 high crop offset that i will be restoring i need decals for this . any help would be great. also what is this model valued at? thanks larry from ohio
    dave miller wrote on Sunday, March 19, 2006 (PST):
  • I have a ford 601 workmaster 1958 i beleave.I need a carberater part that I cant find.its a part our a braket that holds the flote to the carb.
    Leon Bell wrote on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 (PST):
  • Have 541 Ford Offset Workmaster. Serial # 69108. With cultivators. Excellent for restoration. Have used since purchased 1959, still use. runs excellently. Unfortantly must sell since selling farm. Interested? Call 1-859-234-3748 or E-mail.
    Ralph van Assen wrote on Monday, November 07, 2005 (PST):
  • looking for any information on a 641, gauges, emblem, pictures for original colors, or any other info.
    daniel wrote on Monday, October 31, 2005 (PST):
  • I need to know if i can run remote hyd on this 541 that i have . Any one have any info
    Tom Strader wrote on Friday, September 16, 2005 (PDT):
  • I would like to find a ford 541 or 2000 offset tractor in restorable condition. My goal would be to take it to shows and run it in parades. If anyone knows where there is one PLEASE let me know. Thank You.
    John Varner wrote on Friday, July 29, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have a 541 Offset Workmaster Diesel in good shape but I can not find out how much it is worth. Does any one know what the value of it is?
    David Young wrote on Saturday, July 23, 2005 (PDT):
  • I ahve a 50's workmaster 641 and would like to look into restoring to the original color and decals can anyone point me in the right direction. Or suggestr some books I could get to help. Thabks David Young
    Marcus Thomas wrote on Saturday, June 04, 2005 (PDT):
  • I'm looking for a carburetor for my Ford 541 Offset Workmaster. Please email me at mrmthomasbass at hotmail.com if you have any idea where i can find one. Thanks
    Sam Moss wrote on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 (PDT):
  • I recently bought a Ford tractor from a widowed farmer that knows nothing about this tractor. I have searched diligently for serial numbers. The tractor resembles the 500 series pictures. The only numbers I have been able to find are; 540-N-1000 which is a cast number located under starter and 5668137 stamped on the steering column. Can anyone help me with any information on this tractor? Any help would greatly be appreciated.
    Christian wrote on Thursday, May 05, 2005 (PDT):
  • Hi, i have a 1961 ford 601 work master. Its similar to the one in the picture. That is a nice machine.
    Kevin wrote on Friday, April 15, 2005 (PDT):
  • I am interested in buying a 541 offset or a 501 offset Thanks
    Debbie wrote on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 (PST):
  • I have a Ford Offset Workmaster that is rusting away in my yard and want to find it a good home. Would like to know how to get honest appraisal on worth. pls e-mail at dogrady2 at earthlink.net Tks
    Lee wrote on Sunday, March 27, 2005 (PST):
  • What is the difference between an offset 541 and an offset 501? Also, what are they worth?
    jesse wrote on Saturday, March 19, 2005 (PST):
  • Would like to know colors and any other information that you could give
    david futrell wrote on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 (PST):
  • looking for any ford offset tractor in any condition but restored email me at dvftrllaol.com or call 270 924 0314
    david futrell wrote on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 (PST):
  • looking for any ford offset tractor in any condition but restored. dont care if stuck. blowed up. or broke in half would pay good price or trade about anything of equal value. kentucky
    M.Tomas wrote on Sunday, December 26, 2004 (PST):
  • I have a Ford 501 workmaster offset tractor for sale. It is in excellent working condition and the body is in excellent shape as well with original paint. If you know anyone interested in same please email me.
    Steve wrote on Thursday, November 25, 2004 (PST):
  • I have a ford tractor with off set front end. Is is a deisel. someone ground off the i.d. info. I would like to know how to find out exactly what it is. Help would be appreciated.
    jeral wrote on Thursday, September 30, 2004 (PDT):
  • just bought a 56 workmaster gaser ned to know what type of oil and how much immiedeate reply would be very greatful
    Jon Hoffman wrote on Sunday, August 22, 2004 (PDT):
  • I was wondering how rare the the Ford Workmaster 741 is. my father, who is a retired farmer, just restored this tractor. It has the high row crop rear end. Some people have told us this tractor is rare based on the serial number stamped on it and the fact that it is in like new conditioin (restored).
    Kevin Channell wrote on Friday, August 13, 2004 (PDT):
  • i am looking for a ford 1710 offset to use on my small vegetable farm. Does anyone know where I could find one in good shape? Kevin
    CARL KITCHEN wrote on Thursday, April 22, 2004 (PDT):
  • JUST A LITTLE HISTORY IF YOU HAVE IT,,, HOW MANY 541 OFFSETS WERE PRODUCED
    carl kitchen wrote on Thursday, April 22, 2004 (PDT):
  • I am redoing a 541 and looking for a set of decals T.S.C. has the 601.s but no 501 if any of you guys have a location on these decals please e mail me. I picked up this rig in good shape in south Georgia for 3250.00
    Jim Vassar wrote on Friday, April 16, 2004 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a ford 501 tractor. If anybody out there knows of one please email me. Thank You Jim Vassar
    daniel wrote on Thursday, February 19, 2004 (PST):
  • does anyone know anything abought ford 600 workmaster tractors? value? parts? age?
    Mark Jackson wrote on Saturday, December 06, 2003 (PST):
  • I would be interested in purchasing a Ford 501 Offset or a 741 Workmaster or an 871 Select-O-Speed 4 WD tractor and would be willing to pay the going price. I can be contacted at 815-747-2613 or mjaxn82361 at aol.com Thanks!
    jim vassar wrote on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a 501 ford tractor. would you please e mail me if you know where I can find one. Jim Vassar
    Drew hopman wrote on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PDT):
  • Does anyone know how many 541's were made in 1958? And also the value of a 58 541 high clearance with cullivator and fertilzer attac. in new condition goes for? please email me at flyingby00 at yahoo.com if you know anything about them.
    Steven Weinheimer wrote on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 (PDT):
  • Would like to buy a model 501. Almost any condition. Thanks
    Robbie Carroll wrote on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 (PDT):
  • I am looking at a 541 offset diesel that my neighbor has but have no idea what it is worth. I would appreciate any info as to price, horsepower, original colors, etc. Thanks
    John Sitton wrote on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 (PDT):
  • did the 500 series ever look like the 600, 800 and the 53-54 jubilee series ..I do not like the trike type but would really like to have a five hundred if in fact it was like the 600 or 800 etc. etc.
    Chris Higgason wrote on Monday, April 14, 2003 (PDT):
  • well ive had a add for afew more tractors if anyone wants to sell me a 541 offset, 501, 2000, 1710 all offset tractors i would like to buy one for my dad for fathers day please email me with any information.
    Chris Higgason wrote on Saturday, April 12, 2003 (PDT):
  • i am looking to buy a 541 offset ford tractor for my dad if anone has one for sale email me.. thanks!!!!
    joe welch wrote on Monday, January 20, 2003 (PST):
  • would like to purchase a nice 501 will pay a very fir price for quality. Will travel. 507-724-3183
    Glenda Stermer-Simpson wrote on Thursday, January 02, 2003 (PST):
  • Hi. My uncle is looking for parts for a Ford Offset Workmaster Model 541; a left axle and a radius road. Would anyone know of anyone selling parts or a salvage yard where we could possibly locate them? Thank you so much for your time.
    Roger wrote on Monday, December 30, 2002 (PST):
  • I'm not sure if it is a 501 or 541 series ford offset. Where do you locate the serial # on the tractor? Would appreciate any advice on this matter. Thanks
    David Plummer wrote on Saturday, December 21, 2002 (PST):
  • Our family had a hi-clear 541 made new in 1959 with cultivators and a 2 botttom 14" plow. We use it fron 1959 to 1985 growing cutflowers in mid Ohio till it was sold. Also,we had the sidedressor for the one row cultivators. I still have a few pictures.
    David Plummer wrote on Saturday, December 21, 2002 (PST):
  • I used a x-hi clear version from 1959 to 1988. Who else has one of these.
    THOMAS GIVENS wrote on Monday, November 25, 2002 (PST):
  • I HAVE A FORD 2000 OFFSET IN GOOD COONDITION. I DO NOT KNOW THE YEAR. BUT WAS TOLD THEY ONLY MADE THEM FROM 1962 THRU 1965 IS THIS CORRECT. I WILL SET IT FOR $4500.00 615 274-2061
    John wrote on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 (PDT):
  • I was curious as to whether or not anyone had a picture of a 1958-64, 641 Workmaster. Restoring it and I wish to attain the precise paint color and emblem on the front end. Let me know!! Thanks!
    John Floyd wrote on Monday, October 07, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have what I think is a 541 offset also has high wheels. I would sell but like many others on this forum just wnat more info for now. Mine is painted red but doesn't look to be original? Any links to good pictures?
    Bob Taylor wrote on Monday, August 12, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have what I think is a 1959 501 offset tractor I bought from my motherinlaw. I would like to get pictures from all angles to learn how to paint it, and a price of what it should be worth. It runs great but needs brakes and some work on the hydraulics.
    BUCK wrote on Thursday, August 01, 2002 (PDT):
  • I HAVE A 601 WORKMASTER W/ SEVERAL ATTACHMENTS. i WAS TOLD THAT IT IS A 1949. WHERE CAN I GET PRODUCTION DATES ON THE 601?
    jimmy l. williams wrote on Thursday, May 30, 2002 (PDT):
  • ken that wrote on jan 15 02 that want to sale the 601 workmaster ofset tractor. please e-mail back to me if still have it and were also a phone no. thank you sitegrader at aol.com
    bill hawkins wrote on Thursday, March 07, 2002 (PST):
  • looking for any information on a 601 ford workmaster. wanting to restore. needing decals. where can i find restored pictures?
    Michael Hays wrote on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 (PST):
  • I do not understand what I have. 641 Daimond 1824 Diamond Thanks for the help!!
    JOHNSTON wrote on Monday, January 21, 2002 (PST):
  • I AM LOOKING AT A 501 OFFSET THE OWNER MAY SELL. IT LOOKS IDENTICAL TO THE ONE PICTURED ONLY NOT AS NICE. JUST IN FRONT OF THE SEAT IS STAMPED 501 AND THE LETTERS NCA. NOT SURE OF THE YR. WHAT IS THE HORSEPOWER IN THIS. WOULD USE FOR MOWING, BLADING.
    ken wrote on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 (PST):
  • I have a 1959 601 Workmaster row crop ofset tractor. New engine, clutch,plate, throw out bearing. Runs great .Do you think its worth $2,000. I was in the process of restoring it but moved. Dont have a need for it now. Thanks
    Mark Cross wrote on Wednesday, November 07, 2001 (PST):
  • I have owned a 541 gas model for 21 years. Great tractor. Needs paint and some cosmetic touch up. I would let it go if the $ were enough to get a decent replacement to drag around a 5' bush hog over 10 acres.
    Mark wrote on Thursday, November 01, 2001 (PST):
  • A neighbor of mine has a Ford 501 Offset tractor which he bought brand new in the late 50's. Also, a former neighbor had a 1988 Ford 1710 Offset tractor, which had power steering and was diesel. Anyone know where i could purchase one?
    coatts wrote on Saturday, October 13, 2001 (PDT):
  • Still looking for a Ford 541 offset tractor, I have found a ford 2000 offset and have restored and have taken it to several shows this year. a lot of individuals have never seen an offset ford before.
    Ann Zinkhan wrote on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 (PDT):
  • DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY DETAILED INFORMATION ON A FORD 241 WORKMASTER; YEAR OF MFG., OTHER NORMAL TRACTOR INFORMATION ETC.?? HELP!!
    Ricky V. Hopkins wrote on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 (PDT):
  • I would like to know the year model for my Ford 4000, i just bought. If i looked at the right place the serial number is D2-NN-7006C. Any help would be appreciated. thanks, Rick
    Ron Raczka wrote on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 (PDT):
  • Am interested in buying an offset ford tractor. Any information would be appreciated. E-mail or call 716 934-3915
    Larry wrote on Saturday, June 09, 2001 (PDT):
  • I recently purchased a 541 Ford Offset gas. I need detailed pictures of a 501 series from all angles. I need a left side running board and maybe some better fenders. Also, any original literature. Too, I would like a set of cultivators... I have the original turning plow, two bottom 14" and the mounted discus. Is there an established value on this tractor unrestored and restored?
    Kevin wrote on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 (PDT):
  • Can you tell me where I can buy this tractor or others in the 500 series. This is very important to me so please contact me a.s.a.p with information, on this tractor and others like it. Thank You
    Howard McCollum wrote on Tuesday, September 19, 2000 (PDT):
  • The tractor is the right color The 2000 offset was blue and grey I have both tractors the 2000 is a diesel with a ford combition transmission.
    LARRY SNYDER wrote on Tuesday, July 11, 2000 (PDT):
  • HAVE A 501 NOTHING OUT THER ON THIS TRACTOR NEED TO KNOW EVERTHING I CAN ABOUT IT
    Mike wrote on Wednesday, June 07, 2000 (PDT):
  • Have a 601 Workmaster. There is not a lot of info out there on this tractor. Can anyone point me in the right direction for parts, manuals, etc. Thanks
    Ed Greene wrote on Wednesday, April 19, 2000 (PDT):
  • My father bought one new in 62 or 63. It is still in limited use, but still going strong. It has over 6000 hours showing.
    Stewart wrote on Monday, March 13, 2000 (PST):
  • Resently acquired one. I am in need of photos of the original paint. I would like to paint it but must keep it original. Also I would like to know where to locate decals. Any help or info is greatly appreciated.
    Ed white wrote on Tuesday, October 12, 1999 (PDT):
  • Have one with cultivators. Dont know what its worth. Good shape w/new paint. Gas. Help


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