Registered so I could pick ye're brains over the coming while.
I've just got myself a MF8 Hydro, saw it in the classifieds and was lucky to get in first. These are very rare here, First one I've ever seen in the metal.
It has been re-powered with a MAG GS300 engine. I'd never heard of MAG before now, but it seems they were a swiss motorbike and engine manufacturer and seem to have been taken over by kubota.
I bought it as a non runner. It needed fresh petrol, the spark plug cleaning and a new starter cord to get it to run. the throttle linkage was badly done on the repower which compounded my attempts to get it going.
I dont know what I'll do with it yet. it didnt come with a deck and I'm not sure the vertical belt arrangement will easily suit adapting another modern deck with horizontal belts.
Some pics attached.