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Looking at a mystery massey ? 135?


 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:33 pm    Post subject: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looking at what might be a 3cyl diesel massey ferg. I'd swear it has 24" rear tires. Tractordata shows most models have 28" rears. What are the odds that it's had different rims and tires put on? I have a spare 24" tube on the shelf so I was kind of paying attention to the rears since one is flat and both tires look pretty darn nice.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

14.9 (13) x 24 tires are probably the most used on
135's. I think the 28" rims had had 13.6 wide tires.
I don't know what Tractordata is smoking!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

14.9 x 24 was a common tire on the 135. Don't believe everything you read on tractordata.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Well I just got home from making the deal----$600 cash and I'll go get it tomorrow. I looked at it better and think it's a MF230 #9A336957 which might be a 1980?

When I went back there were some men at the garage sale and they said the owner passed away a couple years ago. They seemed to think it'd run with a battery.

I'm a total diesel virgin. I think I'll winch it on a trailer and get it indoors before I do anything.

Any and all tips welcome.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The rear tires are 16.9x24".
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like you did good! Sounds like you did REAL good!
How did it go from being a 135 to a 230?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Didn't check it out too well on the first visit. Numbers on the hood were faded. When I went back to pay I got the ser. no. and some pics. The goofy truck snow tires on the front make it look bad.

It's set a few years w/o running but it looks like the important stuff is pretty decent.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:12 am    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For that price you can't go too wrong, at the very least you have at least that much in parts, probably a whole lot more.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not so....Maybe on UK versions, but somewhere north of 95% of US market 135's were 28" rears. I've only seen a couple 135's w/24" rears here and this is a VERY MF friendly area.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

16.9 x 24 is an oversize tire for a 135.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've always seen 14.9 x 24's on 135's but maybe it is a regional thing? Regardless, the 24 inch rims were very common on 135's and other similar MF tractors.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:47 am    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A few Massey Harris 50's had 'em here, VERY few Ferguson F40's, and a few MF50's and 65's. Next to no 135's, I've seen exactly ONE MF150, and a few 165's with 24" rears. I did auctions where I bought and sold tractors from 15 states in the midwest and mid south (US) 24"'s weren't very popular here back in the '50's, 60's and 70's. Most US Market tractors had either 12.4 X28 or 13.6 X 28 rears.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Might be 135 Orchard model. They have wider, shorter tires and wheels.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:10 am    Post subject: Re: Looking at a mystery massey ? 135? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


13.6-28 seemed to be the MF 135 size of choice here as well.

$600 is a steal for a 230....
 
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