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    MF165 Project

    Just because I donít have enough on my plate, I decided that I needed something to fill in those 1 or 2 hours a week where I have nothing to do... 😆

    In reality the FILís hobby farm needs something a little bigger and more powerful than the old Grey Fergy and this 165 came along from another forum member here so a deal was done and I had it moved to my mates workshop.

    Overall itís in mechanically good condition - engine, gearbox, hydraulics, etc all work well. Even the multi power works. The exception is the brakes - a common issue in these as they age. The dry brake packs which are inboard, get oil soaked when a seal fails and then theyíre toast. Not a difficult or expensive job but a bit of work.

    Today I stripped the back end down - pulled the guards, roll bar, draw bar and a few other bits and pieces off so I could access the brakes - which involves pulling the trumpets off. Got one off and all apart today, will order parts tomorrow and hopefully have that side back together next weekend.

    Mechanically thatís about it - there are a couple of oil leaks and a fuel leak to do as well as some O rings but the rest will be cosmetic. Will be degreasing and painting as I go, replacing all the lighting and switches and putting a compliant roll frame on it as the old one is home made.

    So a few pics...

    Before I started.
    A1B75984-21B4-485C-A990-8D20F77074A4 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    All the bits removed to access the brakes. Doing one side at a time.
    BFACF0F4-6CD4-44EF-AA3B-7BD5E6FD55E7 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    This is supposed to be dry - thereís decades of crud and oil in there. An easy and cheap fix now I have it this far.
    9F8D62F9-B1BC-4C64-B22A-00E6034DD780 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    All packed up ready for next time. Glad I had a fully equipped diesel workshop and a forklift - those tyres with the weighted centres must come close to a tonne each.
    A26578CE-2F1F-4D8B-A488-55D1D32FD5BE by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    So, cleaning and painting required - Iíll post again once I have done some more.


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    Youíre a worry Gav!
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    You ainít the first person to tell me that... Might be a smidge of truth to it. 😇

    Hopefully will turn this little project around in around 4 or 5 weekends work. My mates workshop is busy at the moment too so he needs it clogging up space like a hole in the head...


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    Have just ordered a tonne of parts for it including all new lights and some other electrics - this tractor can be registered easily enough if the need arises so thought Iíd make it road worthy while Iím doing all this work. Will grab a heap of paint cans too and give it a Dulux reco while Iím at it.


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    Love the old MFs. I spent many many hours as child slave labour on a MF135 when growing up. Loved every minute of it! Funny thing as even later when we had a MF168 and MF186(?), I always went back to the MF135 as my preferred ride when able. I was gutted when Dad sold the 135 to upgrade to a Kabota....
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    Wouldn't have thought a Kubota was an upgrade from a 135 but that's just me. I spent a few years tooling around on a 35X which I just loved after driving a TEA20 before that. The 2 stage clutch was a game changer. No more near misses with the slasher connected...

    Oh, the good old days...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    Wouldn't have thought a Kubota was an upgrade from a 135 but that's just me....
    It has a hydrostatic transmission which makes it usable by others in the family. And power steering. Not my cup of tea though. Good old manual steering is such good training for keeping your thumbs in one piece...
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    I too spent a large part of my younger days on a 135. It had power steering. Two tiny hydraulic rams along the front axle. I haven't seen one like it for a long time. I loved it. I'd buy one if I found a good one the same. Multipower too
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    Hello Gavin,

    Thank you for posting up about your work on the Massey. It prompted me to revisit YouTube to see if there were any new "how to" videos for my 1980s Yanmar 240D (Diesel), four wheel drive tractor. I have been looking out for video about "how to" adjust the clutch and brakes. Also "how to" replace the same parts - if necessary, for quite a while. ... without success.

    However, tonight I found that there have been two recent postings on YouTube. One for clutches and one for brakes - specific to Yanmar tractors.

    As per the videos; Yanmar had a lot of similarities with the engine, clutch, and brakes over decades. If it wasn't 10 at night time I would go out and familarise myself with what goes where on my tractor. So I am very happy now.

    I have attended a number of tractor events and spoken to different tractor clubs locally. Once I mention that I have a Japanese tractor; not an English or American one, I get the cold shoulder. Words of advice have not been exactly forthcoming. Apart from the Yanmar being "not a real tractor"... Get yourself a "real" tractor...

    However, as I have a number of Series Land Rovers, I have gotten used to people not appreciating our special tastes in motor vehicles. It has been good training.

    Anyway, thanks again for posting up a thread about tractor restoration.

    Kind regards
    Lionel

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    Interesting comment - I have a tractor that is neither English or American - it is Australian; Chamberlain Champion 306.
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