Jump to content

Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay

- - - - -

first post here mf12

  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 Blue Water Massey OFFLINE  

Blue Water Massey
  • Member
  • Member No: 71680
  • 32 Thanks
  • 10 posts
  • Location: Hanover Ont Can (Crawford actually)

Posted June 09, 2015 - 07:23 PM

so been reading a lot of forums and joined this one a few days back

yesterday I took the plunge and bought a pair of mf 12


the one on the left is a 1970 hydra with a koler 301 in it

the one on the right is a 1974 gear with the proper motor

and have one mower deck


as I wanted a gear more than a hydra have spent most of my time on it

got it running and drove it around a bit

there are some bugs to work out

first will have to be a new ignition switch as neither one has one so i'm just jumping the solinod

the steering is very stiff but shouldn't be hard to loosen up

I've read a lot on here about stiff choke cables and throttle cables mine are very free so free in fact that you have to hold it up to maintain engine speed 

any tips on how it stiffen it up

I switched out the hoods so I have the head lights on it

the front tires are are 6 in on it and 8 on the hydra would like to swap them over but may have to swap out front axles as well as they seam differant from each other

will also change the muffler for the up right one as it's more to my liking

will have to check out the deck tomorrow as it is locked up but seams to be in good shape

so here's a few more pics

SAM_0716.JPG SAM_0720.JPG SAM_0724.JPG SAM_0725.JPG


  • limebuzz, 101 senior, tinbender7 and 7 others have said thanks



    Only member from Western South Dakota!

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Member No: 5815
  • 3700 Thanks
  • 1769 posts
  • Location: East of Rapid City, SD in Rapid Valley

Posted June 09, 2015 - 08:27 PM

Welcome from the Black Hills! Looks like a great pair of Masseys. I have a 1975 12G that is my summertime mower. Keep us posted.



  • Blue Water Massey said thank you

#3 limebuzz OFFLINE  



  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 795
  • 1155 Thanks
  • 1083 posts
  • Location: Bluevale Ontario

Posted June 09, 2015 - 09:08 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice set af 12's. I just got rid of all 3 of mine. I live only 30 mins.from Hanover. You will like them when they are running in tip top shape. I preferred the hydro over my vari. You can take your handle off and hammer the revit tighter.

Good luck with them.

  • Blue Water Massey said thank you

#4 Blue Water Massey OFFLINE  

Blue Water Massey
  • Member
  • Member No: 71680
  • 32 Thanks
  • 10 posts
  • Location: Hanover Ont Can (Crawford actually)

Posted June 09, 2015 - 11:24 PM

the plan is to mow with the vari then assess the hydro's needs as it needs a lot

would like to get them both working as I have dedicated jobs for both of them

then will see about restoring them as I like em shiny

Edited by Blue Water Massey, June 09, 2015 - 11:25 PM.

  • limebuzz said thank you

#5 oldedeeres OFFLINE  

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 14008
  • 14494 Thanks
  • 6601 posts
  • Location: Rivers End, Saskatchewan

Posted June 10, 2015 - 12:30 AM

Welcome aboard.
  • Blue Water Massey said thank you

#6 KennyP OFFLINE  



  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 50998 Thanks
  • 52647 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted June 10, 2015 - 04:07 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! Nice score on those!

  • Blue Water Massey said thank you

#7 propane1 OFFLINE  

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 54307
  • 13079 Thanks
  • 5844 posts
  • Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Posted June 10, 2015 - 04:38 AM

Welcome. Nice Masseys. I have a 7, 12 and a 14. Noel
  • Blue Water Massey said thank you

#8 WNYTractorTinkerer OFFLINE  


    Tinker Master

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Member No: 10789
  • 16998 Thanks
  • 7546 posts
  • Location: Avon, NY

Posted June 10, 2015 - 05:38 AM

Welcome aboard!  


Nice MF's!!   :say_what:


Some handle pivots have a screw and block to tighten up the handle travel..  Another way is to put a bend in the cable rod so it will grab the cable case..  Good Luck!!

  • Blue Water Massey said thank you



    Proud to be Deplorable

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 802
  • 30054 Thanks
  • 29761 posts

Posted June 10, 2015 - 06:25 AM

Couple of good potential machines there, thanks for saving them and sharing the pics.
The repower doesn't look to bad.
In our manuals section is a "build date by serial number" list to verify the years, if you wish.

The friction disc in the throttle is wearing, tighten the rivet is first choice, bending cable works too.
If you do put stack on the 10, be sure to brace it a couple of places. Especially if its your mower as you'll be more apt to bump bushes with a mower.
  • propane1 and Blue Water Massey have said thanks

#10 HDWildBill OFFLINE  


    Freedom is not Free. Thank those in uniform for your freedom.

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 6354
  • 8994 Thanks
  • 8664 posts
  • Location: Ga

Posted June 10, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Welcome to GTT.  Looks like you have a couple of nice projects there.  It will be interesting to watch as you work through all the issues and see the final outcome.

  • Blue Water Massey said thank you

#11 crittersf1 OFFLINE  


    GT Lunatic

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 26142
  • 4257 Thanks
  • 5840 posts
  • Location: Newport, N.C.

Posted June 10, 2015 - 02:41 PM


  • Blue Water Massey said thank you

#12 Blue Water Massey OFFLINE  

Blue Water Massey
  • Member
  • Member No: 71680
  • 32 Thanks
  • 10 posts
  • Location: Hanover Ont Can (Crawford actually)

Posted June 10, 2015 - 06:28 PM

ok I got the up right stack on her today and it defintly barks now

time will tell if it stays or go back to the strait out mushroom one that was a bit quieter

with 6 hrs mowing here it might get hard on the ears

got the mower freed up and the manderals greased new deck belt and added gear lube to the gear box and sharpened the blades

new pto belts and greased everything

oil is done

couldn't get the throtle control off so both of them have penitrating oil ont the screws will try to swap them over later for nowput a few kinks in the cable at least it will maintain rpms

cut a small area with it today and it cuts nice

tomorrow will cut the rest of the placë and give it a real work out

forgot the camera today will get pics of it working tomorrow

still need an ignition switch as I'm just crossing wires to start it now and I added a kill switch to shut it off for now

guess I'll find out how it goes tomorrow

  • limebuzz, MFDAC, WNYTractorTinkerer and 1 other said thanks

#13 poncho62 ONLINE  


    Hangin' with the cool kids

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 42
  • 3736 Thanks
  • 2457 posts
  • Location: Hanover, Ont, Canada

Posted June 11, 2015 - 07:32 PM

welcome....Seems to be a few of us tractor nuts in the area

  • limebuzz and Blue Water Massey have said thanks