I have said it before, but to recap, I went to the dump to drop off some scrap and there was this forlorn looking Massey, with.....A HYDRO HANDLE! Well, that had to come home, so on the trailer it went. Over time, I put in a temporary engine, checked out the operation of the hydro and fixed the leak that showed up at the fwd/reverse control under the seat. The wife allowed me to buy a 420 cc Predator engine from Harbor Freight, with free replacement warranty, and that engine has been installed for a few months. However, I never finished aligning the pulley and the steering arm needed to be installed since I had finished rebuilding the front axle.
Special Thanks To "IamSherwood" for contributing the replacement steering arm after my original cracked at the keyway.
So with some free time, I went out and finished aligning the pulley on the new predator engine. Put oil in the crank case, gas in the tank, and the engine was ready to go. The original bushing on the fwd/rvs control had deep groves worn in it, so I replaced it with a hardened steel ball bearing. I carefully jacked up the rear on the tractor so there would be no surprises, and cranked the engine. A few pulls and the engine cranked up! The hydro needed some slight adjustment so that neutral was really neutral, then it was off the jack and around the yard! Instant forward, reverse, slow and fast all right at hand. I even eased up to a big maple tree in the yard and spun the wheels! Crawled down and back up over the curb, it's hard to finesse the 12G that way.
Here are some pics to enjoy. Lots of work to do, but IT LIVES!!!
Edited by HowardsMF155, December 25, 2011 - 08:00 PM.