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#1 DanP OFFLINE  

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Posted November 03, 2011 - 04:13 PM

I have decided to start a new thread on the restoration and customizing of the MF10. I plan to make a narrow front end and put a 3 point hitch on it. I got it into the shop last night and did a once over for the things I will need. I have purchased the wheels and tires and paint. My have I forgotten how expensive paint is. I am going to keep a log of all my expenses and time worked on it. I will update this thread as I go. I plan on staying with this to get it done as soon as I can. My father is in poor health and I would like to get it done while he is still alive, he would enjoy seeing it.
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Posted November 03, 2011 - 04:15 PM

I spent about an hour last night modifying the new front wheels.PB020001.jpg

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Posted November 03, 2011 - 04:37 PM

This will be a nice project. Hope Dad gets to see the result of your hard work.

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Posted November 03, 2011 - 06:16 PM

Good luck on your restoration.Hope your dad gets to see it when completed.Keep us posted

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Posted November 03, 2011 - 09:14 PM

Hats off to you. Do it while pops is there to enjoy it.
I'm going down the same road right now, with my dad.

Don't mean to be a downer on your thread.

Lookin forward to updates.

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Posted November 05, 2011 - 07:35 PM

Well I spent all day working on the MF10. I sandblasted the rear wheels, took the tin work and motor out of the tractor. I took the steering gearbox apart and cleaned it as it had a lot of grease around it. After I saw how it was made I understand why. Getting the steering wheel off was a little challenge but I just got a bigger hammer. The vari speed lever is stuck to the shaft so that will be my next project. I did get the wheels primed and a coat of silver mist on them. I have a lot to do and will probably spend part of tomorrow working on it.PB040013.jpg

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Posted November 05, 2011 - 08:12 PM

Thats looking good so far Dan. Thanks for posting this thread!

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Posted November 06, 2011 - 04:56 AM

Can't wait to see more progress pics.

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Posted November 06, 2011 - 08:05 AM

Good Luck on the restoration . . .looking forward watching the progress.

We too have restored 2 MF10's . . .nice tractors to work on!IM000404_2_2 copy.jpg

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Posted November 06, 2011 - 08:17 AM

Thanks for the thread on your restore. I'm looking forward to watching your progress.Good luck.

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Posted November 06, 2011 - 09:02 AM

Great progress, I look forward to your updates.

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Posted November 06, 2011 - 09:35 PM

Spent another 8 hours on it today. I painted the wheels, took the transmission out. I took the steering tower off and put it in an electrolysis tank thinking I could free up the vari drive control shaft. I had it in about 4 hours and it did not do much. I am not sure how long it takes but very little rust came off, some paint but that was all. I cut the front axle brackets off and prepared the frame for the front end shaft. I have to get the tires mounted so I can get the height right. I also sandblasted the seat and fenders.
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Posted November 06, 2011 - 09:39 PM

Now that I no longer need a wide front end I would sell it if anyone needs it. Or better yet I would trade it for two mower gear boxes off a MF 7 or 8 mower deck.PB050018.jpg

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Posted November 06, 2011 - 10:17 PM

Dan, after 4 hrs in the tank, it wouldn't have done too much. Besides it's a line of site process... If it's up in somewhere, it may never happen. You could try to leave it in overnight and then I would soak it in warm kerosene for a day or two. Some guys have had good luck with 50/50 kero and ATF. Good luck.

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Posted November 08, 2011 - 08:54 PM

I didn't do any work tonight but I did get the tires mounted today, and I thought paint was expensive!!!!
I dug out the new NOS Tech motor. It is for a Wheel Horse but it is the same model as the Massey.
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