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  1. J

    Rust converter

    I think the mistake I made was trying to wash the film off with water. That's where I got the white residue. I'll bet had I used some petroleum based product the film might have come right off. But why take it off? The directions clearly state just brush off any residue and paint right over it...
  2. J

    Proper gear oil

    In the process of changing the Transmission/gear case oil in my Massey 555. I can source some 80W90 extreme pressure GL-5 from a few suppliers. Read a few internet posts stating that some oils have additives that may go after leather seals, and any brass/bronze internal parts. So is this the...
  3. J

    Massey 555 hood insulation needed

    Happy new year to you and yours Kevin. Thanks for the reply. I'll find something that will work.
  4. J

    Massey 555 hood insulation needed

    Hi Kevin. Hope you had a great Christmas!!! You can see the retainers on the inside of the hood on the photo. Must be some kind of insulation put there to protect the paint from the heat of the manifold. Parts manual shows nothing???
  5. J

    Massey 555 hood insulation needed

    Looks like the original insulation pad was about 5 x 20 x about 1/4 thick. Just wondering what you guys have been using John
  6. J

    555 Massey grill screen

    Gents Existing grill screen I think is galvanized and has a hole in it. To replace it I can find exactly what I need in stainless steel but nothing else. Screen has to be painted. Will paint have trouble sticking to stainless? Is there anything I can do to make it work or do I just keep...
  7. J

    555 grill screen

    Factory grill screen is 1/8. Hydraulic oil tank (painted red) is mounted behind the grill. With the course screen the tank is quite visible in behind the screen. Was thinking that going with a finer screen would help hide the reservoir and look a lot nicer. Your thoughts? What have you guys...
  8. J

    555 grill screen

    Hey Kevin. My screen has a hole in it. On mine looks like there is basically zero clearance between the tank and the grill and vibration must have wore a hole in it, Also there are three small holes where the clips that fastened the molding went through. Regardless of what I decide on the screen...
  9. J

    Rust converter

    I've just got around to using some rust converter and it's behaving not as expected. I applied it to a couple of pieces and let it dry overnight and it dries into a clear film that can be washed off with water??? The pieces had only small amounts of tight rust as I had got it cleaned off pretty...
  10. J

    Massey 555 steering box leak

    There are five square shims in behind the square flange where the shaft enters the box. The shims are split on one side. Had it apart awhile ago to replace the seal. Put it together with nothing but the shims. Just noticed that the joint is leaking. Wondering how best to fix it. John
  11. J

    Massey 555 steering box leak

    The reason I asked is that a few of these shims are so thin that if you used a silicone based sealant and you put it together and find out that the silicone layers have become like another shim and the shaft is now too tight and you have to try and take it apart you are screwed. Was hoping that...
  12. J

    Massey 555 steering box leak

    Thanks Steve Yup I think the shaft end play is pretty close. Will stagger the shims. What Permatex product do you use? John
  13. J

    Rusty latch

    Massey 555 This is the Radiator service Access door. The latch works. How would you prep the latch for paint? John
  14. J

    Rusty latch

    Thanks for the suggestions Stephen!!. I have a rattle can of self etching primer. Was wondering if you know of a rattle can brand and colour that would most approximate Massey Harris red? What about soaking the latch in rust converter?
  15. J

    What did "original paint" really look like?

    When I was pulling my 555 apart I chanced upon this. Pulled the light switch knob off and the tip of the stem was bright red!! If it's factory Massey Harris red it has probably never seen the light of day since the tractor was built? Do you think the color would have degraded over the years...
  16. J

    Do you make gaskets?

    Do you guys make gaskets or use silicone gasket maker products?
  17. J

    Brass or Bronze or....?

    Massey 555 This was the bushing that was pressed into the steering support assembly. It's wore oblong and should be replaced. It has a slight coppery sheen to it. Is this bronze? The parts book doesn't give that information. Thanks John
  18. J

    Brass or Bronze or....?

    So would you soak it in oil for awhile before installing?
  19. J

    throttle shaft replacement

    Absolutely no rush! Hope you have a great holiday!

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