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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 05:58 PM

Went for a very Big road trip this past weekend, to pick up this old
girl. From the info collected by others, there was only 687(unconfirmed) units
built in 1963. They were built by Dura Corp. who also made
the MotoMowers at the time. My understanding is that the MMs where identical other than the hood, and they came with a Briggs rather than the K161 Kohler in the MF7E.
It was the first model of GT that MF offered, from what info has been found.

It is supposed to be yellow, as can be seen in spots where the red has flaked off.
The engine runs great, and it drives good. Bit of expected play in the steering, and
normal wear here and there. All the pieces are there, so it's won't be too much
of a challenge.
The motor runs so suprisingly well, that at idle, I figure it's turning about
200-250 rpm.

I'm pretty excited about owning this one, and my plan is to do a total resto
to it this winter. GTT member Ross Boyle had a hand in my getting this girl.
I just gotta say this, that's one of the great thinks about this site. Lots of great
people that share the same interest, and willing to lend a hand. Thanks Ross.

One think I'd like to confirm, but not sure how to, is about the rear tires.
I think they're the originals, as they did offer button treads on them.
They are BFGs. Also unsure if the gas tank is OE.
Here's some pics as I got it.



Edit. Oh look at that, my thousanth post.

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 06:04 PM

Awesome score Will. The gas tank looks OE to me. I can't help with the tires. She is going to look purty with the collection.

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 06:07 PM

She is going to look purty with the collection.



Yellow bookends.VBG

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 06:45 PM

sweat! you just keep bringing them on home dont you?...... LOL. an Executive is on the top of my (items to find) list. good luck on the restore and thanks for showing! :thumbs:

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 06:53 PM

Here is a picture of my Tank on my MF 7E. As for the back tires the BFG is the original. Mine had the same ones on it but where shot. A friend of mine who is realy into the MF 7E's told me that those tires were what they were sold with. Hope the picture helps. If you need anymore information just ask, I'v been collecting info now for the past couple of months and spent many hours on the phone about these little machines. Oh and another difference between the moto mowers and these is the grill. On the moto the head light has a casting above it that looks like eye brows.



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Posted August 23, 2011 - 06:55 PM

Oh and the steering wheel is is cast aluminum? The orginal ones for these machines were cast.

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 06:57 PM

Just did a bit of looking around, and it looks like they may be original tires. A bit hard to tell for sure from this
picture off this site.
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Posted August 23, 2011 - 07:01 PM

Great score will, get that thing redone so it can join the rest of your Masseys. :D

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 07:02 PM

Nice tractor. You are going to have to open an MF GT museum soon!

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 07:02 PM

Here is a picture of my Tank on my MF 7E. As for the back tires the BFG is the original. Mine had the same ones on it but where shot. A friend of mine who is realy into the MF 7E's told me that those tires were what they were sold with. Hope the picture helps. If you need anymore information just ask, I'v been collecting info now for the past couple of months and spent many hours on the phone about these little machines. Oh and another difference between the moto mowers and these is the grill. On the moto the head light has a casting above it that looks like eye brows.


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Looks like the same tank, but someone used gear clamps to secure mine. Thanks for that pic.

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 07:05 PM

Nice tractor. You are going to have to open an MF GT museum soon!



I already have them in my own private museum. My wife calls it the loonie bin.LOL
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Posted August 23, 2011 - 08:37 PM

Excellent score there Will looks all original and all there.
Did you get anything else with it?
The picture from Vintage Garden Tractor shows front and rear Wheel Weights on the Executive.

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 08:42 PM

That's an awesome find Will! Can't wait to see it when you get it done! Keep us posted on the info that you uncover for it too! That would be a great article for you and inkman to write together with all the compiled information. Thanks for posting the pics!

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Posted August 23, 2011 - 09:54 PM

Will, congrats! That's a great find and it looks pretty complete. Someone thought they were doing it a favor with the repainting, but thankfully... That's solvable.

:thumbs: on another great score!

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Posted August 24, 2011 - 05:58 AM

Nice score, Will. Glad you made the road trip to get it and posted the pics for us to drool over. Good luck with it.




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