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#1 Short_Circuit OFFLINE  

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Posted June 30, 2013 - 12:54 AM

Well, I never thought I'd be consumed by old garden tractors but just as I am getting the engine swapped on  my recently acquired MF-7 that I got from my mom after my dad's passing, I have stumbled across "some pieces" of an old serf 525. It is in ruff shape but I want to try and restore it.

I was looking for old treasures and found this in an old barn on my grandmother's farm. I hope that there is room for another simplicity and massey owner on the board! Anyway, I managed to find the rear wheels today but still unable to get it out of the old barn. Here are a couple of pics. Does anyone know where I might find a better hood and what axle diameter the front wheels might be? I wish I had only known how additive restoring old tractors could have been. Thanks, Keith

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Posted June 30, 2013 - 04:01 AM

but I want to try and restore it.

 

 

Wow, that looks like a great deal of work :thumbs:


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 04:36 AM

Nothing like a good challenge! Good luck with it!


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 05:24 AM

23_28_7.gifwith your project!

 

The front wheel spindles are 3/4".


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 06:37 AM

Family tractors are great treasures to hold onto.  Good luck on the restoration.

 

Ben W.


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Posted July 07, 2013 - 09:30 PM

good luck on the restoration. as long as you have the sheet metal, and transaxel the rest is easy

 

simplicity still has the original color in spray cans, its "Deep Orange 1685611" and the site "click it and stick it" has decals 

 

the 5 hp briggs in these are pretty much indestructible, and are fairly easy to get parts and rebuild 

 

the front wheels are very small something like 4.10 X 4 but ill have to check

 

i have a 

 

535 Serf

515 Serf

717 Brodmoor 

 

got to love these little guys


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Posted July 09, 2013 - 07:45 PM

good luck on the restoration. as long as you have the sheet metal, and transaxel the rest is easy

 

simplicity still has the original color in spray cans, its "Deep Orange 1685611" and the site "click it and stick it" has decals 

 

the 5 hp briggs in these are pretty much indestructible, and are fairly easy to get parts and rebuild 

 

the front wheels are very small something like 4.10 X 4 but ill have to check

 

i have a 

 

535 Serf

515 Serf

717 Brodmoor 

 

got to love these little guys

Yep, I have most of the sheet metal and figure I can come up with an engine. I did find the rear wheels which is a plus. I would like to see some pics of your serfs to compare to get mine together.  Do you have an old Willys? I was looking at your username. I have had jeeps since I was thirteen. I started with a '46 2A.  Pm me some time, I still have some of them. Just dont have time to finish any. I have delayed from spring to winter to put my buick 225 old fire v6 in my '47 PU. Keith



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 12:27 PM

Id do the same!!!!.  I actually got an engine that Im saving for if i ever find a Serf lol.


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Posted July 12, 2013 - 08:16 PM

 

Yep, I have most of the sheet metal and figure I can come up with an engine. I did find the rear wheels which is a plus. I would like to see some pics of your serfs to compare to get mine together.  Do you have an old Willys? I was looking at your username. I have had jeeps since I was thirteen. I started with a '46 2A.  Pm me some time, I still have some of them. Just dont have time to finish any. I have delayed from spring to winter to put my buick 225 old fire v6 in my '47 PU. Keith

 

any particular detail shots you want of the serfs?

 

and yes I'm a jeep junkie, have 4 at the moment, 47 cj2a, 53 M38a1, 67 M151a1, and a 59 willys pickup 

 

and farm tractors, and hit & miss engines, vintage trucks, and a No.2 Ireland sawmill, and vintage snowmobiles, just keeps going and going and going 


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 08:53 PM

Well, I have the serf out of the old barn and it has a lot of patina but it doesn't seem completely  impossible me to get going. It probably won't be perfect but good enough. Besides, my son has claimed fame to it and wants it running so he can drive it. He is starting young!

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:00 PM

any particular detail shots you want of the serfs?

 

and yes I'm a jeep junkie, have 4 at the moment, 47 cj2a, 53 M38a1, 67 M151a1, and a 59 willys pickup 

 

and farm tractors, and hit & miss engines, vintage trucks, and a No.2 Ireland sawmill, and vintage snowmobiles, just keeps going and going and going 

Looks like I could use some pics from all sides if possible. Thanks in advance! Keith

 

BTW, I am glad to see another Willys junkie! :dancingbanana:  I am intrigued by the hit & miss engines but haven't gotten that bug yet!  :D  :thumbs:



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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:18 PM

only have pics of 3 sides on the computer right now

 

this is my little 515

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Posted July 15, 2013 - 06:01 AM

only have pics of 3 sides on the computer right now

 

this is my little 515

Thats a good start. I appreciate it. I get the feeling that the Willys kinda wanted it's picture taken in the background!  :camera:



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Posted July 21, 2013 - 12:18 PM

I had the chance for one but couldnt pay the 175 the guy wanted at the time......


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Posted July 22, 2013 - 02:18 AM

I had the chance for one but couldnt pay the 175 the guy wanted at the time......

Yep, I have to justify to the wife about my new addiction of tractors. This was just sitting around the barn. It took alot of trimming brush to get it out. I'm sneeking around as I speak trying to locate parts and looking for new tires for the rear and tires/wheels for the front. My neighbor came by last night and was amazed at how simple it was built...


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