I recently acquired a 1855 Massey. I met a man at the Portland, Indiana fall swapmeet who had the tractor. I had to go to Dayton, Ohio to see it and make the deal.
The tractor was sitting outside and looked the part of a neglected 40 year old! The engine was complete, less spark plugs. We loaded it and hauled it home thinking all the time that the engine would need replaced. I tinkered with it, the cylinders had water in them, the coil was dead on one side but the engine did turn over. I replaced the coil, poured gas in the carburetor, cranked it and it ran!
I cleaned the carburetor and got the engine to run but it wouldn't run without near full choke. Finally changed the carburetor to a later Nikki off a 318 John Deere.........what a difference, The engine idles and runs great and has 110+ PSI compression.... I think I lucked out. For now I'll keep the Onan.
The tractor is really tight, driveline and steering have no slop. I believe it's had very little use. It has the remains of a factory cab, 3 point and rear PTO, cigar lighter, arm rests and hour meter. One thing that is really strange, the tunnel cover operating instructions are in French! Evidently, this 1855 was built to be sold in Canada.
I have the tractor torn apart right now. I'm in the process of adding power steering from a 1864 Cub Cadet. It's been a chore that has taken me way longer than it should. I've had to lengthen the steering shaft and tube and make the mounts for the column, make mounts for the cylinder and fabricate a new right side steering arm. I'll finish plumbing all the lines this week.
While I have it torn down, I am adding a 3rd spool to the hydraulic valve. I intend to have dual front and single rear hydraulics.
Hopefully this winter, I can build the mounts and install my Johnson loader on the 1855. I've followed "Tudor's" many posts giving praise to his Massey 1655 loader outfit.
I KNOW it never happened without pictures.......I'll take pictures and get them on here soon. Hope you have enjoyed the start of my 1855 adventure! Tim
Edited by KennyP, November 29, 2017 - 05:30 AM.