Mystery Massey... I need to find the owner of this
Posted January 14, 2011 - 08:30 PM
Anyone know who owns this tractor, or anything about it? Soon I would like to start in on the spare frame and building the chassis for the narrow front 12. I have decided on the front wheels and I the next step is to start cutting the old axle mount off the parts frame. Anyway, I REALLY want to know more about this tractor.
What I want to find out is what is done at the rear... It appears to be running maybe 26" rear tires, but seems to have stock clearance at the side steps and the seat pan. I am thinking that this just may have a lift kit on the axle. I know I have seen it done on these axle, but I would LOVE to find out more. I found the photo on the net in someones flicker account ages ago.
PS: I am looking at these tires on the front. They seem expensive at Harbor Freight ($27.99) But the width and pattern is decent, and they come with rims. Plus, they are a foam rubber tire that is kind of a "run flat" idea.
This should be the tire...
The tread is not that deep though so I have not decided fully yet. I could still cut down another set of Massey wheels and run tri-ribs on them. I will have to see how my tri-ribs seem to fit the "look". Otherwise, I would need to find a set of 6" wheels that are narrow, or that could be cut down. (Hmmm.... I may have a set off a lawn tractor too!)
Posted January 14, 2011 - 08:33 PM
Posted January 14, 2011 - 08:38 PM
The Oliver Gang. Collectors of Oliver Tractors and Farm Equipment
So this show may of been near Indiana?
Posted January 14, 2011 - 08:41 PM
The other thing I noticed, is that the plate that the center pivot is attached to, is recessed about 1" into the frame to tuck it up a little higher. I may try to remove the cross braces (temp removal) and tuck the steering way up into the frame. This may require clearance via a hole when the brace is welded back in, but if I can tuck the pivot in higher and lower the total height of the front frame this way, the less I need to raise on the rear. Plus, it would clean up the steering linkage.
Edited by FirefyterEmt, January 14, 2011 - 08:50 PM.
Posted January 14, 2011 - 08:44 PM
I have a write up about the build in the custom section under garden tractors by brand and an article on the front page. I use 6.70x15 rear ag tires which are about 27 inches high. I raise the seat pan up by 1 1/2 inches to clear the tires. the front tires are wheelbarrow rims with the center bearing tube shortened and I used 4.00 x 6 tri rib tires.
Posted January 14, 2011 - 08:54 PM
Posted January 14, 2011 - 09:07 PM
Here is a photo I found lifting the axle via lift blocks on a JD.
Here is the design which I will follow for the front pivot. The tube is from a spare rear axle (which I have already) The rest of the parts will need to be hand made. Note the notch cut out on the axle tube for the steering arm.
Edited by FirefyterEmt, January 14, 2011 - 09:19 PM.
Posted January 14, 2011 - 09:11 PM
added if you zoom in on your picture there is a name Gary+Barb from.....
Edited by DH1, January 14, 2011 - 09:49 PM.
- FirefyterEmt said thank you
Posted January 14, 2011 - 09:25 PM
This is what has me baffeled! IF they were stock tires, the frame can not be lifted higher, because the space at the seat pan and fender still look stock. The only way to achieve the height, and stock lines would be a larger tire with a lifted axle (or frame to be accurate)
Here are my 23" tires
Now look at the tractor, look at the rim bead to where the tread lugs start. Both tires look very close, but the NF seems to have more sidewall on the tire. (We only need about 1.5" of sidewall for a 26" tire remember)
Edited by FirefyterEmt, January 14, 2011 - 09:32 PM.
Posted January 14, 2011 - 09:39 PM
Posted January 14, 2011 - 10:28 PM
Posted January 14, 2011 - 10:30 PM
Posted January 15, 2011 - 07:59 AM
Thanks on the zoom! I had not noticed that... I can kind of make out that the tractor may be owned by Gary & Barb "Bradferd" From New (K -something- le) Ohio. I am going to drop that info on LAGC's facebook page to see if I can get a hit too.
Posted January 15, 2011 - 08:03 AM
Looks to me like "New Knoxville" (a real place - I checked Google Maps)