Another 66 MF10?
Posted April 28, 2010 - 09:15 PM
This is not good for the budget and I don't have room for it either, but I am convincing myself it makes sense..... at the beginning of winter I buy an MF12GT (1972) 110 km away, get it home and in pieces for total restoration and then yesterday I find a working MF10 not more than 10 km round the corner. Well, the grass does need cutting now and since this MF10 has narrow tires, aluminium nose and dash and is running (serial# is hard to see on the label but looks like ...004140), I stopped thinking rationally and paid for it this afternoon.
It comes with a sleeve hitch and mower - the hitch in pristine condition and the mower is good enough to run for this season. I was tempted to drive it home, but the variable speed drive needs adjusting so it will come home on a trailer this w/e.
The picture (off Kijiji) makes it look a little better than it is. It has had a rerouted choke cable, new seat and a different steering wheel, some panels have been replaced I think, but it mostly looks original and not very rusty at all. Now I have to learn about starter generators, points and all the foibles of the older MF10s - I am hoping the combined widom on this forum can keep me straight.
I think I am going to enjoy the mowing this year.
Posted April 28, 2010 - 09:44 PM
Posted April 28, 2010 - 10:24 PM
Posted April 28, 2010 - 10:33 PM
First is a 66
2nd is all the rest
Edited by DH1, April 28, 2010 - 10:46 PM.
Posted April 29, 2010 - 07:17 AM
Posted May 03, 2010 - 12:41 PM
It was sold as running and mowing - well - it would run, but just - the varidrive tension spring was dangling (broken hook at one end), so that got fixed..... and it would mow too, except on taking off the mower cover, I found the idler was running around its post without any bearing left in the middle - so it wasn't going to mow for long (but no play in the bearings and not much rust to speak of). Anyway, an idler was stolen off the another mower, plus a lot of little fixes - but really not too much - and away we went! Everything is just repairs for now - restoration will have to wait until next winter, by which time - with luck - the MF12 will be able to blow the snow.
The previous owner had had it repaired for $300 - including sharpening the blades (and not replacing the idler?) and one trick I had not seen before, a foam rubber bushing around the throttle shaft. The engine idles beautifully, but I am not sure how long that little fix is going to last. I have just reamed out the carb for the MF12 and need to turn up a bushing, once that is done I may swap them while I do this one as well (both Walbro LMEs, the MF12is 36 and the MF10 is 27).
For now though we were able to get the grass cut without bother. If she can last through the summer without incident then I can start on proper repairs. If I get a chance to use my camera I will take and post some pictures.
Posted May 03, 2010 - 05:25 PM
Posted May 03, 2010 - 09:05 PM
- DH1 said thank you
Posted May 03, 2010 - 09:21 PM
There is actually a stamp in the block that has the engine size on it. It is on the lower left looking at the blower housing.
Alex I think your right 10 or 12 stamped in the block. Looks like I got 2 10s and 6 12s.
Posted May 04, 2010 - 03:14 PM