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Posted April 17, 2014 - 02:59 PM

We will definitely be making the 180 mile round trip to look at the Massey 393.  I balanced the checkbook, and we can handle it.  Besides, once we get the 285 going, it will go up for sale.  Gonna spend whatever we have to in order for it to be in good shape.  

  I hope the 393 is what we want.  Never seen one in person to know how heavy the drawbar assembly is and things like that.  This silage wagon has quite the tongue load.

 


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Posted April 17, 2014 - 03:32 PM

Hope it works out for you.


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Posted April 17, 2014 - 05:23 PM

Googled it, and if nothing else, that 393 is a danged good looking tractor :thumbs:

 

Is the one you will be looking at 2wd or 4wd?


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Posted April 17, 2014 - 06:02 PM

Googled it, and if nothing else, that 393 is a danged good looking tractor :thumbs:

 

Is the one you will be looking at 2wd or 4wd?

 

2WD.  I'm a bit worried about the heft of it.  All I can go by is sorry pics, but it appears the axle planetaries & drawbar is the same size as on our MF362, which that drawbar is awfully light for the tongue load we'd be asking of it.  Only one way to know is to go look at it.


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Posted April 17, 2014 - 06:04 PM

This is the actual tractor in question:

 

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Posted April 17, 2014 - 08:08 PM

Good luck on the look/see!



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Posted April 17, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Hope its what your looking for.



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Posted April 17, 2014 - 10:47 PM

I'm already looking at how I would in close it so I could have heating& air. What can I say, my crane cab has spoiled me (-:

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Posted April 18, 2014 - 09:54 AM

I have a JD 6605 door you could graft onto it to start the cab conversion.


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Posted April 18, 2014 - 02:42 PM

Well, lets just say the MF393 looked MUCH better in the internet pic.  With engine off, I turned the steering wheel & the slave cylinder POURED oil out!  The diff lock was unhooked...why I have no idea. And I don't believe the hours as the swivel balls could almost fall out of the lift arms from wear.  The 393 immediately failed the grade.  Too light for our job anyway, but seeing is believing.  Anyway, they do have one we are mulling over.  It's a 1995 Ford 7610.  Yeah, it would be the first blue farm tractor on the place, and costs a lot more than I wanted to spend.  BUT, it's also a fact that it's better to spend more & have something in great shape, than spend half and buy more problems.  Gonna mull it over a bit & likely call them tomorrow.  She looks good, and little wear.  Just needs a throttle lever link fixed better than it's patch job, a new battery (dealer will have to cough up the new battery), and a new rear work light.  

  Dad enjoyed the day, but as you can see in the pic, he's getting tired.  He was getting hungry too, so we soon left.

 

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Posted April 18, 2014 - 02:56 PM

 That isn't tiredness, Daniel, it is shame at looking at a Ford.


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Posted April 18, 2014 - 03:30 PM

Having a TOUGH time thinking of spending 18 grand right now.  I am pulling back & rethinking this.  I am going to look into what it will cost to go through my old MF1130.  It sits a lot, so I'm thinking it's a lot wiser to slow down, put this 1130 in the shop & renew all that it needs.  I figure for a couple to 3 grand, it'll be in tip top shape.  The engine has an almost fresh rebuild on it, and a stone reliable 354ci of brute..  Not a turn key affair like buying one ready to go, but I am afraid to spend too much right now.  Dad was pushing me to go ahead & buy the Ford, but something inside says go slow & think this through.  Time to go milk!


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Posted April 18, 2014 - 03:42 PM

That is the smart thing to do, give it some time and think it through as to what you need and how much you can spend.  The big problem I see is when are you going to find the time to fix up the 1130.


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Posted April 18, 2014 - 07:02 PM

That is the smart thing to do, give it some time and think it through as to what you need and how much you can spend.  The big problem I see is when are you going to find the time to fix up the 1130.

 

There is the "catch 22".  I guess that takes me to another saying... "where there's a will, there's a way".  But I had forgotten about the drawbar assembly being stripped out years ago on the underbelly of the 1130 from hauling manure.  We drilled & tapped to 1" bolts, but they tended to loosen with time, and I don't know the current condition.  So it all depends on if the threads are still in good enough condition to handle the beating this wagon can give day in & day out.


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Posted April 18, 2014 - 07:22 PM

Daniel, I'm sure you will come up with the best answer to this dilema! Good luck whichever way it goes!


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