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Posted December 02, 2017 - 05:58 PM

I went and picked up the 85 from Larry today and as we got back on the street we almost got side swiped by a car in a police chase. 

 

I will post pictures of working on it when I start 


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Posted December 02, 2017 - 06:09 PM

I went and picked up the 85 from Larry today and as we got back on the street we almost got side swiped by a car in a police chase. 

 

I will post pictures of working on it when I start 

Chaser or chased. Don



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Posted December 02, 2017 - 06:12 PM

Chaser or chased. Don

Chased. He was flying down the middle of a busy road going over 100 


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Posted December 02, 2017 - 06:45 PM


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Posted December 02, 2017 - 06:52 PM

I used to own one of those, and they mow nice!  My engine was totally shot when I got it, so I put a 12hp IC Briggs in place of the blown 8hp.  I mowed all my yard with it back then.  It couldn't do the steep farm lot areas though.  That one sure is in nice straight condition!  

  I ended up selling mine for a nice profit.  A fella who's Dad used to have a Massey dealership wanted it bad.  When he was a kid he assembled them out of the crates for his Dad.  Said they sold bunches of the 85's back then, but mine was the 1st he'd seen in driving range to buy.


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Posted December 02, 2017 - 07:58 PM

They caught the guy 

http://www.kwtx.com/...ok_KWTX_News_10


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Posted December 02, 2017 - 09:16 PM

Glad you got home safe, I saw a County drive by just after you left (might have been an omen). You didn't show them the Christmas present I gave you.


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Posted December 02, 2017 - 09:57 PM

Glad you got home safe, I saw a County drive by just after you left (might have been an omen). You didn't show them the Christmas present I gave you.

I forgot I will get a picture in the morning



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Posted December 03, 2017 - 10:07 AM

I used to own one of those, and they mow nice!  My engine was totally shot when I got it, so I put a 12hp IC Briggs in place of the blown 8hp.  I mowed all my yard with it back then.  It couldn't do the steep farm lot areas though.  That one sure is in nice straight condition!  

  I ended up selling mine for a nice profit.  A fella who's Dad used to have a Massey dealership wanted it bad.  When he was a kid he assembled them out of the crates for his Dad.  Said they sold bunches of the 85's back then, but mine was the 1st he'd seen in driving range to buy.

Are they hard to find deck parts for ? The deck on this one is seized


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Posted December 03, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Are they hard to find deck parts for ? The deck on this one is seized

Nearly impossible!  The timed pulleys are the same as on the the outer deck pulleys on the 50 and 55 series.  Possibly the shafts are the same too, but I can't swear on that.


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Posted December 03, 2017 - 10:16 AM

The shafts will likely be eaten up where the needle bearing rides down low next to the blade.The needle bearing run directly on the shaft with no collar, so once the shaft gets rough, the needle bearing will fail.  The only option if you can't find a good shaft (slim chance) is to weld over, then turn the shaft back down.  Then there is the pulleys to find as well.  I was fortunate to have enough good parts to get mine going, plus my deck wasn't frozen up either.  After thinking a minute, I'm pretty sure the deck shafts are the same as the outer on the 50 & 55 series.  I am pretty sure I took an outer shaft from a 55 and put in my 85's deck.

  That's been many years ago, so memory slips.


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Posted December 03, 2017 - 10:16 AM

Nearly impossible!  The timed pulleys are the same as on the the outer deck pulleys on the 50 and 55 series.  Possibly the shafts are the same too, but I can't swear on that.

I guess this will be a show tractor instead of a mowing tractor. 



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Posted December 03, 2017 - 04:25 PM

The shafts will likely be eaten up where the needle bearing rides down low next to the blade.The needle bearing run directly on the shaft with no collar, so once the shaft gets rough, the needle bearing will fail.  The only option if you can't find a good shaft (slim chance) is to weld over, then turn the shaft back down.  Then there is the pulleys to find as well.  I was fortunate to have enough good parts to get mine going, plus my deck wasn't frozen up either.  After thinking a minute, I'm pretty sure the deck shafts are the same as the outer on the 50 & 55 series.  I am pretty sure I took an outer shaft from a 55 and put in my 85's deck.

  That's been many years ago, so memory slips.

Think a good bearing shop could match the bearings up ? I haven't pulled the deck to check it might just have wire or string wrapped up in it.


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Posted December 03, 2017 - 05:15 PM

Somewhere in the Massey forum, the bearing #'s were posted.


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Posted December 03, 2017 - 05:24 PM

Somewhere in the Massey forum, the bearing #'s were posted.

I freed the spindles there was rust and grass caught in the grease cup at the bottom 


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