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#121 GM2SLO OFFLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2017 - 07:17 PM

I picked up my Snapper 1855A because I wanted the back blade that was attached now would have to say it's my favorite.Nice job on your project keep us updated !

 

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Posted July 15, 2017 - 01:28 AM

I picked up my Snapper 1855A because I wanted the back blade that was attached now would have to say it's my favorite.Nice job on your project keep us updated !

 

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Bob,

 

After comparing this to all the other big garden tractors out there, I'd say this is my favorite tractor as well.  I recently picked up a Cub Cadet 2082 "Cyclops" for mowing about 2 acres (and I later found a nice 45" snowblower for snow removal that I'll be using).  I also got a Sears FF20 this Spring. I'll discuss these purchases in another thread.  I've checked out the big John Deere 400 series tractors, and some of the big Ariens GT series as well.  I have to say that the Massey Ferguson is my pick for the the top tractor out of all of them.  The only thing that it is missing is power steering.

 

There have been many great purchases made this Spring.  As I mentioned, I got a Cub Cadet 2082, a Sears FF20, an Ariens ST1032 snowblower, a 45" 2 stage, hydraulic lift snowblower attachment for my Cub Cadet, and then the two rare category 0, 2000 RPM attachments for a mere $250 each........a John Deere 260 model 5 ft rear finish mower (made for the 318 and 420 garden tractors), and a Cub Cadet model 48, 4 ft rear tiller.  I'll be using these attachments on my Massey Ferguson 1855 along with the 4 ft box blade and 5 ft rear landscape rake that I picked up last year.  This Massey Ferguson will be quite the versatile workhorse, at a fraction of a cost of a newer Sub Compact Utility tractor........around here people selling these tractors apparently think they're made of gold.


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Posted July 24, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Well I picked up another Massey Ferguson today.  It's a 1655 with a rear 3 point hitch, rear PTO, a rare option of a third hydraulic valve (note the three levers on the right side of the fender), and it even had the factory hub cabs.  I stopped in to inquire about it and long story short, the owner wanted it gone.  We agreed on a price and I came home with it......it's actually pretty decent, but there were some "modifications" like the hood mounted AM radio.  It looks like the previous owner had lots of ignition problems and then just gave up on it. The plastic dash and console are in amazing condition too, which you barely ever see.  And the tractor has only 471 hours on the working factory original hour meter.

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Posted July 25, 2017 - 03:35 AM

Nice score on that one! Plenty of options.


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Posted July 26, 2017 - 06:32 PM

Super nice catch on the 1655 , has lots of goodies on it good luck with it.

 

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Posted July 26, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Whats the extra hydraulic spool plumbed too?

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Posted July 27, 2017 - 12:22 AM

Whats the extra hydraulic spool plumbed too?

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First off, thanks for the kind words, guys!

 

And regarding the extra hydraulic spool, I've only seen one other Massey that had this option and I wondered the same exact thing.  The answer is, they're for NOTHING.  I couldn't believe it.  There are just two plugs in each port of the third hydraulic spool.  I guess it was there for the owner to decide what he wanted to do with it and plumb whatever to it.

 

I thought about adding a hydraulic top link to my Massey 1855 and using the auxiliary hydraulic spool to control it.  I've spent hours and hours searching and researching and I don't really know if I want to do it, because of price and the fact that the shortest hydraulic cylinder that will work, is a couple inches longer than the relatively short Massey Ferguson original top link that came on the 1855.

 

I thought about using this..........

 

http://www.surplusce...ES-9-7257-4.axd

 

But then people say you need check valves otherwise there will be cylinder fade, and that adds even more to the cost and then you've over $200.  I still don't know what direction I'd go.


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Posted July 31, 2017 - 10:33 PM

Here's my MF dump cart, all disassembled ready to be cleaned and stripped.

 

Another update for you guys.  I finally got my MF641 cart together.  What I ended up doing was using John Deere 316 front wheels with the 1" ID bearings.  I simply painted the wheels MF silver, mounted my tires and then my dad and I drilled and tapped holes in the axle ends for the bearing caps/retainers.  I used the John Deere bearing caps/retainers as well.  I bolted everything together and now I have a cart with bearings instead of bushings, so it can handle more weights and it'll wear less.  It's a great upgrade for the MF carts and not too difficult or expensive to do.  I still need to finish painting the cart body MF red and add some decals, but right now it's rolling and looking great.  It was a very inexpensive project that will be VERY useful.


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Posted October 20, 2017 - 12:10 AM

I've been plugging away on this project, including doing a lot of bodywork.....a lot!  But it's been paying off and it's getting very close to being done.  I'll get some pictures tomorrow, and I have to say that I'm very happy with how it's turning out.  The only issue is that it's going to be so nice that now I most likely won't want to use it........but that's OK because I just picked up a Ford LGT 195 w/ a 60" deck that I'll be using for work around the house.


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Posted October 20, 2017 - 05:45 AM

That's how I felt after I was done with my 14. I can't wait to see some new pictures of the progress!
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Posted January 20, 2018 - 06:43 PM

I got the hood all wet sanded and buffed and the decals installed, and I'm very happy with how it turned out. 

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Posted January 21, 2018 - 12:19 AM

Very nice, I like the MF paint better than the Snapper. 

Are you going to be parting with any of your treasures?

 

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Posted January 21, 2018 - 08:59 PM

Very nice, I like the MF paint better than the Snapper. 

Are you going to be parting with any of your treasures?

 

Dan 

 

Thanks, Dan.  I have been parting out the other tractors.  If there's anything you might need, feel free to let me know. 


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Posted January 24, 2018 - 06:40 PM

Your hood looks incredible!.  I had a Massey 1655.  It was the most efficient tractor to plow snow I ever used.  The only reason I got rid of it was it was part of many items that I had to liquidate in order to buy a zero turn some 6 years ago (wife).  Fortunately, my friend wanted it and we worked a labor trade deal.  I still have access to use it anytime.  My friend loves the tractor and has the mechanical knowledge to keep it in good repair.  The only downfall as the mower deck timing belts.  They would cut through anything, but I had to have my deck rebuilt twice (timing gears and all) for running in too thick of pasture and mowing a large branch and piece of steel pipe.  I can't wait to see your completed 1855.

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Posted January 24, 2018 - 09:27 PM

Your hood looks incredible!.  I had a Massey 1655.  It was the most efficient tractor to plow snow I ever used.  The only reason I got rid of it was it was part of many items that I had to liquidate in order to buy a zero turn some 6 years ago (wife).  Fortunately, my friend wanted it and we worked a labor trade deal.  I still have access to use it anytime.  My friend loves the tractor and has the mechanical knowledge to keep it in good repair.  The only downfall as the mower deck timing belts.  They would cut through anything, but I had to have my deck rebuilt twice (timing gears and all) for running in too thick of pasture and mowing a large branch and piece of steel pipe.  I can't wait to see your completed 1855.

John

 

John,

 

Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it.  I really, really love these tractors too.  I'd take one over ANY new John Deere or Cub Cadet.  The MF, even being as old as it is, has foot operated drive, hydraulic control valves on the right side fender, and all the features and build quality (including the HUGE size of them) make them almost the perfect garden tractor.  Like you mentioned, the timed mowing deck is a downfall, but I sold the deck since I have other tractors for mowing, and the lack of power steering is the only shortcomings of these beasts.  There's another member here that adapted a Cub Cadet power steering set up onto his Massey Ferguson, so that may be something in the future of this tractor.  I'm pretty close to completing this project.  It should be all set in the Spring time when the weather gets nice and I can do all the final assembly.  These pics were already posted, but it gives you a little better idea how it'll look as it's nearly assembled and where I'm at now (except I have the engine installed now and all the hydraulic lines which isn't shown in these pics).

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