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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted January 06, 2012 - 07:37 AM

Mid Dec. I brought the MF8E , serial # 6625, into the shop to start it's resto.
The engine needed attention. It smoked badly. As can be seen, the round fenders
had cracked, as did the tin over the frame. Two studs that held the foot rests where
broken, and it just deserved to be tore down and brought back to life.

Previous owner loved his grease gun, but never cleaned up the old grease anywhere.
That made the teardown easy. I never had to fire up the torch to get any bolts out.

Over the past 3 weeks I've gotten alot done on this project, and it's going back together
nicely. Engine got refreshed. Most everything has been sandblasted, primed
and painted. Only the tin has to be painted yet. Rims have been cleaned up and
painted. Here's a bunch of pics.

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Posted January 06, 2012 - 08:01 AM

Will, that's looking as good as the 7, they're going to look great sitting next to each other in Massey Hall!
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Posted January 06, 2012 - 08:22 AM

Looks like a nice project, you have the bug don't you?
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Posted January 06, 2012 - 08:31 AM

That's a good looking ole tractor Will. It'll be a beauty when you're complete.
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Posted January 06, 2012 - 09:33 AM

Gonna look good! Fine job on a cool tractor.
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Posted January 06, 2012 - 07:49 PM

Looking good will.Boy you don't waste any time do you.I still working on my dads 14 i started week before christmas 2010.
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Posted January 06, 2012 - 10:35 PM

Looks like you are on the road to another great restore Will. As usual you have included some really nice pics. Your other hobby must be photography.
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Posted January 06, 2012 - 11:34 PM

Man that look great! Are those new caps, recromed or did you clean them some how?

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 12:53 AM

Man that look great! Are those new caps, recromed or did you clean them some how?


Thanks. Those are old caps with a lot of elbow grease. I used Maas polish and a foam ball.

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 04:35 PM

Looking good as always, you do great work.

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Posted January 09, 2012 - 10:58 PM

Got the engine back on, and running. Runs great, but one issue I'm having, is that the throttle wants to
creep back to idle. I gotta figure out how to tighten that up, but I'm almost afraid to touch it. It's 1965 plastic.
Why did we ever start using plastic?

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Posted January 10, 2012 - 05:16 AM

It's coming along great.

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Posted January 10, 2012 - 06:07 AM

Got the engine back on, and running. Runs great, but one issue I'm having, is that the throttle wants to
creep back to idle. I gotta figure out how to tighten that up, but I'm almost afraid to touch it. It's 1965 plastic.
Why did we ever start using plastic?


If you use a pair of large Vise-Grips, squeeze the center rivet it'll tighten up.
Might be easier to remove the control from the tractor.
I've done this a couple of times and it worked, I had to squeeze with both hands on the vise-grips.

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Posted January 10, 2012 - 06:29 AM

If you use a pair of large Vise-Grips, squeeze the center rivet it'll tighten up.
Might be easier to remove the control from the tractor.
I've done this a couple of times and it worked, I had to squeeze with both hands on the vise-grips.


I shouldn't have flushed out the cable. That dirt in there, gave it just the right amount of friction before.:smile1:

Not the same lever as the red MFs. I wish it was. These are plastic, and on their last
leg. I've been searching since July for replacements. Even just to get it out of there
again is like playing with fire.


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Posted January 11, 2012 - 01:30 PM

How does it fasten onto the dash. I think I have seen that kind of control before. Is it bolted on or snap in?




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