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#16 Gabriel OFFLINE  

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 10:00 PM

 

The ONLY other tractors we've owned were a couple old Avery, a former navy dock tractor which was part I-6 International/M Farmall, and we still have Grandpa's Minneapolis Avery model, and I still have my customized MF1650, and my 67 MF12H.

 

 
 
This is my heavily modified MF1655 with Yanmar diesel & my home built loader.  This is my workhorse.
 
 
This MF85 I sold a few years ago.
 
 

 

 

 

That's a nice Minneapolis Moline and a nice group of garden tractors! On your 2705 and 2745, how often did you have to rebuild the transmissions? Are they hard to rebuild? Is there any particular way to operate the power shift to prevent problems? I am curious, because I have heard that these tractors had trans. problems and I wondered if they are really as bad as some say they were. Thanks!



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Posted February 06, 2014 - 10:04 PM

We had 6-7 inches of snow here this week, so last night it was time to fire up the 165 and get the drives cleared.

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Posted February 06, 2014 - 10:38 PM

I had to edit my last post.  I'm brain farting model numbers today.  I put 1105 where it should have been 2705.  And it wasn't the 1105 & 2705 we rebuilt the clutch packs in.  It was the 2745 (once) & 2705(twice).   Texas Deere & Horse has been here a few times, so he can vouch for me as to my tractors.  As to my sanity, nobody would vouch for that!  :rolling:

I can say that Daniel and his Dad have quite the MF collection of working farm tractors, :thumbs:  and most of the time his sanity is pretty good also. :bigrofl:


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 07:46 AM

We had 6-7 inches of snow here this week, so last night it was time to fire up the 165 and get the drives cleared.

THAT is a nice tractor :thumbs:  Thanks for the pics of the old girl.

I have the Hesston DT 680, Massy bought out the line in the 80's so,...not a massy per say but,....


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 07:51 AM

I'm very partial to the old 100 series. Luv the 165. They are amazing how much work they will do.
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Posted February 07, 2014 - 08:02 AM

Gabriel those are some great pictures of the old 165.  I take it she has been restored?   Looks awesome there in the snow!


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 08:50 AM

That's a nice Minneapolis Moline and a nice group of garden tractors! On your 2705 and 2745, how often did you have to rebuild the transmissions? Are they hard to rebuild? Is there any particular way to operate the power shift to prevent problems? I am curious, because I have heard that these tractors had trans. problems and I wondered if they are really as bad as some say they were. Thanks!

 

We rebuilt the packs in the 2705 over 20 years ago, and just redone them 3 or 4 years ago.  I doubt the 2745 we redone had ever been into before, so it lasted over 30 years.  No real way to damage them as far as shifting style, as the real problem with them is the seals going bad.  Most are simple o-ring type, and/or the plastic like rings.  I will say though, when downshifting I prefer to clutch, powershift down, then release the clutch, as downshifting slams things pretty hard, but upshifting is pretty smooth.  Most times we will just lose one or 2 of the 3 speeds due to an o-ring breaking in-two.  You won't get into damage of the pressure discs themselves unless you keep using it knowing you have slippage.  The worst part is pulling the unit out of the back half of the tractor.  We built a simple gizmo to bolt to the unit & slide it out.  The unit has to be rolled slightly to one side as you pull it out to clear the shift rails.  Takes 2 people to take it out & put back in for sure.  The clutch unit weighs at least 200+ pounds.


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 09:45 AM

Ok, at the time these pictures were taken (early 1990's) I was still using print film.  Before I switched to print I was using slide film, so any pictures of our 155 are on slide, which come to think is actually probably in Dad's slides.  Anyway, I took some digital photos of some prints I have.

 

At this time we had two tractors, the 240 and the 375.  GE Snowday 026.JPG GE Snowday 022.JPG GE Snowday 019.JPG GE Snowday 018.JPG GE Snowday 017.JPG

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Posted February 07, 2014 - 10:59 AM

Ok, at the time these pictures were taken (early 1990's) I was still using print film.  Before I switched to print I was using slide film, so any pictures of our 155 are on slide, which come to think is actually probably in Dad's slides.  Anyway, I took some digital photos of some prints I have.

 

At this time we had two tractors, the 240 and the 375.  attachicon.gifGE Snowday 026.JPGattachicon.gifGE Snowday 022.JPGattachicon.gifGE Snowday 019.JPGattachicon.gifGE Snowday 018.JPGattachicon.gifGE Snowday 017.JPG

 

 

Gabriel those are some great pictures of the old 165.  I take it she has been restored?   Looks awesome there in the snow!

Thanks for the pictures of yours! Were those pictures taken here in the USA? Our 165 as not been officially restored, but we did paint the hood, replaced the grill(the original was not to bad), added new hood decals and a few other repairs. It has over 5,500 hours and doesn't burn oil. I think the original owners took good care of it.



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Posted February 07, 2014 - 11:01 AM

We rebuilt the packs in the 2705 over 20 years ago, and just redone them 3 or 4 years ago.  I doubt the 2745 we redone had ever been into before, so it lasted over 30 years.  No real way to damage them as far as shifting style, as the real problem with them is the seals going bad.  Most are simple o-ring type, and/or the plastic like rings.  I will say though, when downshifting I prefer to clutch, powershift down, then release the clutch, as downshifting slams things pretty hard, but upshifting is pretty smooth.  Most times we will just lose one or 2 of the 3 speeds due to an o-ring breaking in-two.  You won't get into damage of the pressure discs themselves unless you keep using it knowing you have slippage.  The worst part is pulling the unit out of the back half of the tractor.  We built a simple gizmo to bolt to the unit & slide it out.  The unit has to be rolled slightly to one side as you pull it out to clear the shift rails.  Takes 2 people to take it out & put back in for sure.  The clutch unit weighs at least 200+ pounds.

That's very interesting! Thanks for the info! Are the seals still readily available?



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Posted February 07, 2014 - 11:02 AM

THAT is a nice tractor :thumbs:  Thanks for the pics of the old girl.

I have the Hesston DT 680, Massy bought out the line in the 80's so,...not a massy per say but,....

I didn't know that MF bought out the Hesston tractor line.



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Posted February 07, 2014 - 11:06 AM

I'm very partial to the old 100 series. Luv the 165. They are amazing how much work they will do.

I'm partial to the 100 series too! That's why I bought a MF 14. It has been amazing what the 165 can do and it doesn't use much fuel.



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Posted February 07, 2014 - 11:10 AM

That's very interesting! Thanks for the info! Are the seals still readily available?

 

Yes, not a problem at all getting them.


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 11:11 AM

I didn't know that MF bought out the Hesston tractor line.

 

Yep, our new (2 or 3 yr old) Massey roll baler is simply a Hesston rebadged as Massey.


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Yes, not a problem at all getting them.

That's nice to know about these tractors. Thanks again!






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