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#361 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 07:44 PM

Maybe between the two of you, you can figure out what all the levers do.


Oh, I figured that out a while ago, but you're going to have to wait, till the spring time first ride. :D

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 07:46 PM

Look at that, just in time fer the Holidays!! Cograts Gav and welcome aboard!
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Posted October 06, 2012 - 04:57 AM

Hi Will
I plan on restoring mine back to original condition but i think it will take time to find original lift arms etc. It did come with rear ag rims and tyres, a snow blade with the lever for lifting and lowering and a mid mounted deck which is missing several bits. The tractor itself i thought was standard apart from the new colours and decals, but i was wrong. It has the opposite problem to yours the Hard nose (grill surround) has been shortened to lower the bonnet

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I have someone welding in the missing 2" either side but this has now highlighted the fact that the bonnet was cut to change the angle at the front where it meets the Hard nose. So I may now have to change the bonnet as the original is now to short.

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I managed to get it shipped on an over sized pallet from Germany to north east England then drove down to collect it and bring it back to Scotland. A bit easier than your shipping

So far I have stripped, painted and rebuilt the front axle as I was changing the tyres for three rib ag pattern and wheel bearings anyway so it made sense to do it then.

Mine is dated 1965 so not quite as old as yours, Also I managed to buy an original handbook dated 1964 of German ebay, not sure what it says though but pictures are useful
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Posted October 06, 2012 - 05:36 AM

Is that the original engine in yours Gav? Odd that someone would shorten the grill.
I thought I saw a good bonnet on Germany ebay, not to long ago.

What is the tank ahead of the seat?
I uploaded a couple of manuals into the manuals/massey/tractor section. They may be
helpful to you.
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Posted October 06, 2012 - 05:37 AM

Gav, we are all very happy you joined the forum. If you have read this whole thread, we had a grand time getting Will's Elf here. Now, we have two of them to talk about. If you are inclined, we have a 'Member Map' and would be very happy to see your marker on it. You don't need to show an exact location, just close will be fine. It will have to be approved, so won't show right away.
Best of luck getting yours back to 'normal'!
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Posted October 06, 2012 - 06:05 AM

Is that the original engine in yours Gav? Odd that someone would shorten the grill.
I thought I saw a good bonnet on Germany ebay, not to long ago.

What is the tank ahead of the seat?
I uploaded a couple of manuals into the manuals/massey/tractor section. They may be
helpful to you.


As far as i can tell its the original engine seems to match the manual pictures, and it is fast in top gear the only time I used it it lifted the front wheels as it pulled away.
I can only think of two reasons for shortening the grill, either to make it fit under a bench or something or to make a rare tractor look like not such a rare standard Gutbrod? We will never know.

The tank is a storage box I assume for tools as I believe the standard Gutbrods all had toolbags/boxes. Looks more like a cigar box to me though.

This is the manual I Have

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Posted October 06, 2012 - 03:44 PM

Will, if possible a good square on photo of each of the bonnet decals would be very much appreciated as it would allow me to get some reproduced.
I must say your line up of tractors in the shed is most impressive.
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Posted October 07, 2012 - 01:15 AM

Will, if possible a good square on photo of each of the bonnet decals would be very much appreciated as it would allow me to get some reproduced.


When I get Elf in the shop, in a couple of weeks, that's the first thing I plan to do. Get decals on the go. I have a guy that does them for
me. I'll be getting him to make a complete set. (PTO,Dif Lock Etc.) He charges about $50. If you want, I can mail you a set. It usually
takes him a month to do them.

I've seen other Elf pictures, with that cigar box/tool box. I'll have to figure out what I can use to duplicate that.
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Posted October 07, 2012 - 03:30 AM

I Already have a guy for decals as he is also making me a set for my MF203 tractor/digger and I was just going to add the Elf ones to the job. I can get some pics and dimensions of the cigar box when its removed for painting if that would help
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Posted October 07, 2012 - 07:00 AM

Ok, I'll send you pics shortly, along with dimensions.
It might be a couple days though.
That'd be great if you could supply the cigar box details. No rush here.
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Posted October 07, 2012 - 07:07 AM

No Problem, the more we can help each other the better as information on these seems to be very thin, is the manual the same as the one you have?

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 07:12 AM

No, it's a German/English Gutbrod workshop manual.
Here is the link.

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 07:14 AM

I've got some others, I'll upload tonight.
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Posted October 07, 2012 - 09:12 AM

Hummm a cigar box on the tractor. Might be something I could look into if it wasn't for that whole cigars dont like excessive heat thing.

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 10:49 AM

I would have said cigarette tin but the gent in this photo looks more like a cigar man to me

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