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#1 fordmustang1984 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 01, 2010 - 10:03 PM

Well when George asked me to join the forum, he also asked me to post my resto project, so i will start that now. I started with a 1971 MF-12 hydro which was a parts tractor with 2 other 12's and several attachments. When i got it home i put it in the garage, and took the hood and grille off. The off came the carb and when i opened the fuel bowl it was near spotless, with only a small amount of dust. So i put my spare starter on it, and after struggling with a bad ground, got it to run. The throttle shaft hole on the top of the carb was worn bad, but it ran like new, and had a huge amount of compression.
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In the below pic it is the one on the very back of the trailer.
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Posted February 02, 2010 - 06:49 AM

I am anxious to see the rest of your restoration. For some reason it put the post into moderation which I think it is because it had images on one of your first three posts. Should be good to go now.

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Posted February 02, 2010 - 08:49 PM

Thanks, and i'll try and get some more up tomorrow. I need to get the pics off the old computer and onto the new one.

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Posted February 02, 2010 - 08:55 PM

Sounds good!

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Posted February 03, 2010 - 07:23 AM

I know your a young guy wish I could have been doing this when I was younger, you got a pretty big collection going on up there, good work.

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Posted February 03, 2010 - 08:56 PM

Thanks. Here is the next set of pics- The frame got stripped down, and sanded with an angle grinder.
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Then I primed it with shaky can rustoleum-
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i did not take many pics between then and when i painted it. Partially due to it getting put in the rear of the garage, and also not remembering to take them.

I supose i should tell the story behind the tractor from whe i got it. When i arrived, it was the "parts tractor" that was never going to work that was just part of the lot of Massey stuff I got-it ,12H, 12G, 2 mower decks, a plow blade w/o push bar, 2 snowblowers, an HH100 engine, a tiller, and some other misc parts. It was rusty, faded, and the tires were all junk. When i got it home, i put it in the garage and decide to play around with it. The tranny condition was a mystery. With a spare starter, fresh gas, an Orbital O6 dry cell car battery, and a jumber cable ground strap, it ran like new, even will wallowed out throttle shaft and governor linkage holes. Then it got fresh tranny fluid, and with my spare LT tires and doughnut spare car tires it drove great. That was when i decided to clean it up and repaint it. Which brings us back to the beginning of the thread.

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Posted February 04, 2010 - 05:01 AM

keep it coming :D

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Posted February 09, 2010 - 06:58 PM

Ok, I did not take any pics during the painting process, so here it is after painting the frame and putting the tool box and dash back on.
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Posted February 20, 2010 - 09:21 PM

Ok, I realized today that I have not updated this in a while, so here is the next set of pics. These are from the first night i had the engine on, and had it running. I clamped the tranny tank to the frame, and filled it with fluid. Once it had bled itself, I took it for a spin around the driveway in the light of the garage flood light. It worked good, and only stalled once when I ran otu of gas.
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Posted February 21, 2010 - 09:23 AM

I like the picture of the masseys on the trailer, looks like they are chasing you LOL

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Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:25 PM

Yea, it was. It was a great ride with a view, and I would definately do it again.

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Posted February 23, 2010 - 09:33 AM

Yea, it was. It was a great ride with a view, and I would definately do it again.


When you have such a load behind you....it's so hard to keep an eyer on the road isn't it!! I wanna keep looking at my rear view mirror....with it set to view the tractor stuff! LOL

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Posted February 23, 2010 - 08:59 PM

Yea, it was. But my dad who was driving had no trouble not looking at them.

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Posted February 23, 2010 - 09:32 PM

Yea, it was. But my dad who was driving had no trouble not looking at them.


When you have a new GT you just picked up on the back of your trailer, its always recommended that you bring a designated driver, so you dont crash from always looking back at it :rofl2::rofl2::rofl2::thumbs:

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 06:10 AM

I like the picture of the masseys on the trailer, looks like they are chasing you LOL

:ditto::rofl2:




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