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Posted June 30, 2012 - 10:41 PM

While re-arranging some of my garden tractor collection, I decided to give my MF12 a bath with a pressure washer. It came to me pretty rough and I stored it before cleaning it up. See the before and after pictures. Under the moss, slime, and dirt there is actually a red tractor. Yes, that is actually moss growing on the seat foam pad.

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Posted June 30, 2012 - 11:33 PM

The title of this thread actually made me snort. :thumbs:

It went from dull to " Darn!" with a good scrubbing. I'm sure she thanks you.
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Posted June 30, 2012 - 11:54 PM

The title of this thread actually made me snort. :thumbs:

It went from dull to " Darn!" with a good scrubbing. I'm sure she thanks you.


Yes, it has potential! Maybe with some rubbing compound it will even get better?

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Posted July 01, 2012 - 12:07 AM

Such a nice straight machine. She needs a little luvin Mark. How about some kind
of a seat cover. At least cover up the flesh wound. :mecry:
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 05:04 AM

Mark, are you planning a restoration on the 12? It almost looks like the engine block is white!
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 10:09 AM

Such a nice straight machine. She needs a little luvin Mark. How about some kind
of a seat cover. At least cover up the flesh wound. :mecry:



Thank you, I totally agree with you. She could use a bit of TLC. I think I will remove the mossy foam seat as it may cause the seat pan to rust.

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Posted July 01, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Mark, are you planning a restoration on the 12? It almost looks like the engine block is white!


I would like to restore it, along with my other tractors. I need to clean up the shop and get cracking again.

You are right, there is white paint on the engine block. I don't know why this is? Maybe someone had the engine out at some point and painted it?

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Posted July 01, 2012 - 12:34 PM


You are right, there is white paint on the engine block. I don't know why this is? Maybe domineering had the engine out at some point and painted it?


Likely not the original engine. If the engine's # begins with "143", then it's off some kind of Sears power equipment. Sears had a lot of white TEC engines. If the engine flywheel shroud was originally silver, then they may have used the original MF engine tin on a Sears block, so the numbers won't be Sear's #'s. Same engines anyway.
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 09:14 PM

It's good to hear Mark, that you may bring it back to it's original glory.
I wish I could be part of it. I love working on those ole girls.
Please start a threadof your resto. Oh yeah, we like pictures.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 01:15 AM

Mark, I can't tell from the pictures, is that a gear or Hydro MF12? I'm guessing from the 2x4 chock that your parking break doesn't work either! I just was just reading in the 12 Hydro manual how to adjust that.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 01:17 AM

Mark, I can't tell from the pictures, is that a gear or Hydro MF12? I'm guessing from the 2x4 chock that your parking break doesn't work either! I just was just reading in the 12 Hydro manual how to adjust that.


His is a gear drive. You can tell by the little lever (variator) on the RHS of the dash tower. Your Hydro has a bigger lever there.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 01:21 AM

His is a gear drive. You can tell by the little lever (variator) on the RHS of the dash tower. Your Hydro has a bigger lever there.


Ah, makes sense. I just bought mine today from a neighbor and I love it already! I'll take pictures tomorrow. Spent the afternoon lubing and still missed a few grease fittings. Now I just need a little trailer for it so I can get my firewood out of the woods.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 11:01 AM

Ah, makes sense. I just bought mine today from a neighbor and I love it already! I'll take pictures tomorrow. Spent the afternoon lubing and still missed a few grease fittings. Now I just need a little trailer for it so I can get my firewood out of the woods.


Congratulations on your new MF12, they are great solid machines!
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 11:03 AM

Mark, I can't tell from the pictures, is that a gear or Hydro MF12? I'm guessing from the 2x4 chock that your parking break doesn't work either! I just was just reading in the 12 Hydro manual how to adjust that.


As the other's said, it is a gear drive with Variator lever. Also, I didn't even try the brake, I just threw a piece of wood under the back tires to keep it from rolling backwards.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 11:05 AM

It's good to hear Mark, that you may bring it back to it's original glory.
I wish I could be part of it. I love working on those ole girls.
Please start a threadof your resto. Oh yeah, we like pictures.


Hi Will,

Thank you for your encouragement on getting the restoration going. I have seen the pictures and restoration that you have done and am very impressed and inspired. I have a daylight basement shop that currently has the Case 446 in. I worked on it this winter, but time to clean up the shop and get going again with the Case and other tractors such as the MF12.

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