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#1 DH1 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 17, 2010 - 05:42 PM

Serial # 1446 801780

This is a Massey garden tractor that I bought last summer, it was 1 hr's drive away for where I live and I got it cheap. Story goes they were cutting the back lawn and the tractor died, they couldn't get it running so it sat for 3yr's until they put it up for sale and I came along and bought it.
When I got it home took a good look and found that the the motor turns over has compression but something binds up inside. The throttle shaft pulls right out of the carb. I figure the 2 screws came loose and were swallowed up by the engine with the throttle plate while it was running and it died. (4th pic)
The mower deck is rusted right out, seat full of water and mold, has a different steering wheel on it. Aside from that everything else looks OK. A good one to fix up, right now it sits in a corner of the garage.

1st pic is how I got it.
2nd+3rd after mower deck and seat removed.

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Posted February 17, 2010 - 06:10 PM

Looks like a solid candidate for a restoration :D

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 06:32 AM

Looks like a solid candidate for a restoration :D

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 07:09 PM

Yea, would be a great resto. Its not even in that bad a shape.

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 07:14 PM

Thanks guys, I'm working on my 66 MF10, got to finish that one first or my garage will be a mess.

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Posted March 27, 2010 - 07:32 PM

It runs, fixed the carb, replaced 1 bent exhaust valve, laped the valve a bit, removed the remains of the carb screw from the piston and it runs. No smoke, a little noisy inside, runs smooth at high speed but does not want to idle.

Anybody know how to tighten up throttle shaft play? Mine moves around almost 1/4"
I have 4 carbs, 3 running engines, 2 carbs are good the other 2 carbs have way to much throttle shaft play.
Any help would be nice.

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Posted March 27, 2010 - 09:54 PM

try drilling the shaft holes out, and installing rubber or plastic bushings that fit better on the shaft.

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Posted March 28, 2010 - 09:14 AM

try drilling the shaft holes out, and installing rubber or plastic bushings that fit better on the shaft.


:ditto: I prefer brass bushings, but plastic will do. I've only had to do a couple carbs. I have a lathe, so easy enough to turn my own from brass rod. You can buy small bushings and do it yourself pretty easy.

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Posted March 28, 2010 - 09:51 AM

That looks to be in pretty fair shape. :thumbs:

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Posted March 28, 2010 - 07:44 PM

I'd like to say thanks to fordmustang1984 and olcowhand.

I used a piece of copper tubing was the only thing I found that was close, drilled out the top of the carb. to fit the tube, there is not much mat. there to work with, the bottom is closed off no air can get in there, cut the tube to length, filed the inside to get it to slide on the shaft, put it all together and a nice tight fit.
Motor now has a nice smooth steady idle, sounds like it would idle all day no problem.

Edited by DH1, March 31, 2010 - 09:35 PM.

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Posted March 28, 2010 - 08:09 PM

:thumbs:Good deal Doug!

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Posted March 28, 2010 - 08:53 PM

Nice! Now you can get the tractor moving again. if that i can get mine to do that, i'll be in good shape.

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Posted March 31, 2010 - 10:01 PM

I've taken a real good look, driven this tractor now, it needs to come apart, I thought I could give it a quick fix-up after I got it running and sell it but it's got too many problems.
Be nice to sell this one to fund the hobby.

-Clutch pedal bent and really stiff.
-Vari-drive control stiff.
-1 front tire won't hold air.
-No seat.
-Wrong steering wheel + sloppy (upper bushing).
-1 tie rod end n/g.
-Front axle center pivot sloppy.
-No battery.
-1 battery terminal broken.
-Front Vari-drive belt worn out (too narrow).
-PTO foot pedal assembly needs rebuild.
-PTO jack shaft " " "
-Top of front grill broken needs welding.
-Implement lift handle bent and loose.
-No mower deck (I have 2 spares both need rebuilds).
-Plus???

This tractor looks a lot better than it is and needs to be pulled apart and fix everything that's not right.

I'm going to put this away for now and get back on my 66.



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Posted April 01, 2010 - 04:40 AM

If you are going to sell it to fund the hobby then I would just do the little things that need to be fixed and leave it at that. Out of that list you posted I would slap a decent cheap seat on it, throw a tube in the tire, lube up the variable components, put a used battery in it and put the new battery in one of your keepers and probably leave it at that if I was just selling it.

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Posted April 01, 2010 - 08:24 PM

Well I got 3 days off maybe I should see what I can get done on my GTs.




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