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#1 massey driver OFFLINE  

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Posted February 21, 2010 - 06:44 PM

This is the first tractor I bougth and set up so my Grandson could help me with stuff.The mower deck was taken off for winter use.I didn't put it on for summer use either.I had made a small blade for it so he could help with snow ploughing duties.This was a challenge as it had a 5 speed trans and clutch.I had to make a clutch pedal that bolted on to the factory one so that he was able to push it in.Off course being way to short to reach the pedal I had to make it so it worked.The other big thing was the implement lift worked off your right foot.I needed to make a way for him to lift the blade.You can see I made a long handle that worked over center so that once it was all the way up it went over center and he didn't have to do anything to keep it up.Again it was a challenge as these little guys aren't that strong in the arms either.Anyway this was his first that he had all to himself,It served the purpose for a few years. Sadly it's no longer with us,he graduated to a larger one,a get this :blush2:hide my head in shame ,a Ford LGT 125. On that did the trick up untill last year and now it's.:bounce:The MF 1655. Larry:D

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Posted February 21, 2010 - 07:25 PM

I had an MF85 Custom intil I sold it last year. I changed it to hydro & you couldn't tell it was altered. My 5 speed was thrashed when I got it & had a heavy duty hydro to go under it. Even when brake was depressed, it returned hydro to neutral. It was a job to convert, but couldn't find a replacement stick. I put a 12hp Briggs IC engine in it & had electric deck clutch. Great little tractors, & the deck could get where none of the big boys could dream of. You can see the coast valve sticking out the rear of tractor. Hated to sell her, but didn't use any longer & found a good home for her. The fella grew up putting tons of these together for his father's MF dealership & had been looking for one for some time.

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Posted February 21, 2010 - 07:32 PM

Nice to see the little guy on the Tractor :smile1:
I think we have a future collector/Restorer there :beerchug:

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Posted February 21, 2010 - 08:26 PM

He looks like a pro behind the wheel.

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Posted February 21, 2010 - 09:15 PM

I had an MF85 Custom intil I sold it last year. I changed it to hydro & you couldn't tell it was altered.

Looks very nice and I can imagine what was all involved in the retro.Looks like there's lots of us who do stuff like this just for the fun and love of it. Helps when the young ones smile, and look forward to having nice and neater stuff to drive.Larry.

Edited by NUTNDUN, February 22, 2010 - 05:40 AM.
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Posted February 21, 2010 - 09:36 PM

He sure does look like a pro, and it makes me think how my 85 would have been a good one for my new Grandson when he gets bigger. Oh well, I have plenty of time to find a project to do with him.

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Posted February 22, 2010 - 05:41 AM

He looks like a pro behind the wheel.


:ditto: and you guys amaze me with your crafting.

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Posted February 22, 2010 - 07:01 AM

Didn't know MF made a 85 GT I used to have a MF 85 farm tractor

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Posted February 22, 2010 - 12:14 PM

Didn't know MF made a 85 GT I used to have a MF 85 farm tractor


You need to add one to your already long list of tractors you have :thumbs:

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Posted February 22, 2010 - 01:31 PM

Didn't know MF made a 85 GT I used to have a MF 85 farm tractor


Really, the MF 85 is an LT, but as shown, can be used as a GT.

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Posted February 25, 2010 - 09:56 PM

He sure does look like a pro, and it makes me think how my 85 would have been a good one for my new Grandson when he gets bigger. Oh well, I have plenty of time to find a project to do with him.


Start looking for a MF7/8 hydro or a little Case 110 for the littlle guy, wont be that long before he will be driving it




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