Picked up a little MF8 Hydra Speed a few days ago. I've had over 50 tractors by now but I started with little Masseys. A 7 and an 8H were the first two I ever owned and couldn't pass this up when I saw it, especially with the little MF weights.
I spent the first night blowing the leaves and mouse nests out of it and spraying penetrating oil on the moving parts. It had been sitting outside for who knows how long. Got most everything freed up and moving but the motor wouldn't turn over with the key switch. Got the test light out and found the fuselink bad. A new fuse didn't fix it and the safety switches have been disabled so I'll be trying a couple other things eventually.
I spent some time straightening the grill and the fender pan, replaced all the tires and got back to the engine. It spun over with power directly to the starter and sounded healthy but no spark. Unhooked the mag ground wire but didn't help. Next I pulled the flywheel to check the points. Filed them lightly and then had spark. I was able to get it to fire and run on carb cleaner. I cleaned up the carb, hooked up a temporary gas tank and drove it a bit. Don't have throttle linkage hooked up yet and I powered out at an idle but everything seemed to work well.
Overall it's really straight and original. The worst part is the tin with holes being drilled in the hood for the radio and the fenders being banged up. I may put some more time into making those nicer but plan to leave it as original as possible. There are a few very small things I'm missing if anyone out there would have some parts laying around. I need the pto belt guide, the hood latch knob and the choke cable clamp that screws to the intake.
My first 8 hydro must have been older as it had the three spoke steering wheel and a solid mounted engine. I don't see near as many of these as the gear drive model and don't believe I've ever seen a 7 hydro.
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Edited by RAJ, December 21, 2016 - 08:18 PM.