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#1 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted February 02, 2010 - 10:50 AM

I had this 1650 for a few years, but never had much call to use it since I had so many others. Then my nephew asked if I had a heavy garden tractor I'd sell. I decided to let it go. He asked if I could restore it too, so shot him a cheap price for all. Basically I broke even $ wise & gave him my labor. He's a good nephew & never asks for any help on anything, so he's deserving of a big favor. If you knew some of my other nephews, you'd know just how deserving he is! LOL
Anyway, this is how she started out:
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Posted February 02, 2010 - 10:52 AM

Preparing to paint. Mechanically she was ready to go.

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Posted February 02, 2010 - 10:53 AM

I changed the color scheme to more match the full size Massey tractors. I think the flint metallic gray chassis looks better.

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Posted February 02, 2010 - 10:55 AM

Here's the red sheet metal painted. I used OE Massey enamel, with high quality wet look hardener.

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Posted February 02, 2010 - 10:57 AM

Here she is completed & ready for him to pick up. Was an 8hr one way for him to come get her, but for some reason he didn't mind a bit!

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Posted February 02, 2010 - 11:00 AM

I also let this rear 3pt mower in with the sale as I hardly ever used it. I built it from a Yard Man rider's 52" mower deck. He got a heck of a deal, tractor like new, new tires all around, with rear mower for $1550.00. BTW...I made these decals myself too. Had the wife help me when I overlayed the colors. Extra hands help a lot!

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Posted February 03, 2010 - 07:34 AM

WOW, WOW, WOW, that is one of the niceest tractors I have EVER seen. The idea of going flint greay on the frame was perfet looks great Now that I have 3 I'm going to start to work. The 1450 is som pristine and I have one deck that is almost new. I'm going to leave it as a mower, put a little pull hitch on the rear to pull garden cart, lawn sweeper, etc. One of my 1650's already has the rear PTO and the hitch, the other does not. I'll put a hitch on that one, but not a PTO, to hard to find. I need to find a couple of plastic trays that fit under the seat, they had them on the MF-14 also right? I'm missing one on a MF-14 and one on a 1650. I also want a new plastic dash cowl on one 1650. Again Daniel, way to go, you are the man.

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Posted February 03, 2010 - 09:36 AM

Olcowhand, You do a great job on all your restorations.

Beautiful tractor.

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Posted February 03, 2010 - 06:36 PM

very good looking unit, just curious...how long did the restore take? also, what type of vinyl machine do you have? im assuming you have a regular machine, not a screen print machine since you mentioned multiple layers.

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Posted February 03, 2010 - 06:48 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the compliments. As to how long it took, I had to refer to the date stamps on the pics, so it took me 4 months of scarce spare time to complete, mind you, the mechanical was already taken care of.
My plotter cutter is a cheap import machine, but does a good job...Vinyl Express. It's a 24" machine, but does much better if I stick to 15" or narrower. No way I can afford a Gerber or any vinyl printer for that matter. Wish I could!

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Posted February 03, 2010 - 08:52 PM

Daniel, I want to build a mower like that for my 1855 (at some point), how did you hook up the drive shaft?

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Posted February 03, 2010 - 10:03 PM

Todd, when I get time, I'll start a thread with pics of the build.

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Posted February 03, 2010 - 11:14 PM

Todd, when I get time, I'll start a thread with pics of the build.


That would be great. Take your time. I have about one hundred projects to finish before I start my mower build.

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Posted February 04, 2010 - 04:21 AM

Those 1650's and 1850's are really starting to grow on me, I wonder if my wife would kill me when I tell her daddy is gettin a new toy? LOL

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Posted February 04, 2010 - 10:16 AM

Those 1650's and 1850's are really starting to grow on me, I wonder if my wife would kill me when I tell her daddy is gettin a new toy? LOL


Just keep a medical kit on your person whenever you tell her....you'll likely survive!:itsok:




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