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Hello everyone I'm new here and New to the GT Hobby. I recently inherited my wife's grand father's MF 10. I practically begged for it because well I like cool old stuff and this thing is cool!
A few years ago while my wife's Grandmother was still alive I went into the back garage and got this old Massey running for the first time in probably five to ten years. Mice had gotten under the engine cover on the flywheel side and chewed the coating off the wires to the ignition. I got it going and ran a couple passes with the tiller and put it away.
Fast forward until yesterday and it's now in my garage. It's running again but needs love. Go figure I found a mouse nest under the engine cover again lol.
A new battery and ignition switch are on the must haves as well as sorting out the seat.

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KOOL!!! and with a tiller to boot!

Yeah, youve got a bit of work ahead of you but these old tractors are just neat!! and well worth some elbow grease.

Man, that is a wicked mouse nest! :(
 

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Looks Like a project. You can still get the switch from Massey but it is pricey you can also get a new wiring harness as I just bought one a few months ago. Have fun
 

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I have the trailer and mower deck too Pacer.

That nest was the one I cleaned years ago and they rebuilt it lol.
You should have seen the nest under the seat it filled the entire toolbox! Lol

DanP
I'm not trying to restore it at this point but make it mechanically sound definitely.
I had read switches are available but expensive so I think I'll find another option. I may go HEI ignition later too idk.

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Nice catch. You'll like it. I have a MF 12 , with tiller, snow thrower and mower.

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Well I put the old 10 to work a bit today. Tilled part of my garden. Was a bit too wet so I gave up. However it points out some things that need attention.
The break clutch sticks and I need new springs for the tiller lift assist. Anyone know where I could get the springs?

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Hey guys been a while I know but I haven't really been spending any time on the old Massey. However if you recall I inherited this tractor from my wife's grandfather. Well I also got his little toolbox. Finally got around to cleaning it out and found some goodies. Including a spare carb my missing links for my hitch! but I found a few things I thought I'd keep and ask if anyone knows if they belong to the Massey. One looks like it could be the battery tray idk may have gone to a different tractor. The other two are a loss to me maybe a coupler and an offset pin for something. Could be just junk but better to ask.

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Well I put the old 10 to work a bit today. Tilled part of my garden. Was a bit too wet so I gave up. However it points out some things that need attention.
The break clutch sticks and I need new springs for the tiller lift assist. Anyone know where I could get the springs?

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Unfortunately you won't find any new springs anymore, at least not easily. Pretty sure I bought the last ones AGCO had lol even good used springs now seem to be hard to come by.

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I can't say I'm surprised lol. I picked up some trampoline springs I was going to try and make work as an extra assistant springs

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Did a thing this week. I should be putting the tractor to work using it this weekend if I'm lucky.
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And fail. Looks like the pivot pin for my variable speed linkage snapped off last time I used the tractor and didn't realize it. Now I have to figure out how to fix this rusty turd so I can use it this weekend. Ugh

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Making so progress if I didn't have my jeep project in full swing right now I'd just tear this little tractor apart and fix it up nice. But for now I just need it to work. I fix one problem and another arises. Fixed my variable speed pivot pin for the lever linkage. Then I realize the belts are soo shot that the thing still won't move itself around.
Ordered new belts. Thank god for this forum I could have taken ages to figure what belts I needed. Belts are on and she moves again...however my tensioner for the drive axel belt is sticking and need to clean that up and get it loose. Also the brake clutch isn't working properly and I can't shift gears since the clutch won't engage. I can put it in gear and start it and off we go but that's annoying.

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Your picture shows the idler wheel for the variable drive to be much lower than it should be when the lever is in "Park" position. Ideally it should be just below the top of the frame. It might be worth going through the drive adjustment procedure again - especially if you have installed new belts. The MF10 Operator's manual covers the process well.
 

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There is an engine mounted pulley and belt guard which is vital to proper operation of the clutch.

Your picture does not show that bracket. Mount it if you have it, your clutch will work much better.
 

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Your picture shows the idler wheel for the variable drive to be much lower than it should be when the lever is in "Park" position. Ideally it should be just below the top of the frame. It might be worth going through the drive adjustment procedure again - especially if you have installed new belts. The MF10 Operator's manual covers the process well.
I will have to look into this.

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There is an engine mounted pulley and belt guard which is vital to proper operation of the clutch.

Your picture does not show that bracket. Mount it if you have it, your clutch will work much better.
I have a guard that goes around the engine pulley. It attaches to the foot boards. But no other pulleys. Any pictures of what they look like and how they mount?

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Wow now I understand just how important that pulley guard is! Solved my problem that's crazy. Also put the new tensioner spring on for the transaxle belt much much better! Now to go through the variable speed adjustment procedures.

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Had the ole massy running it around the yard. Still need to go through the variable speed adjustment but I'm trying to find my manual to see if I have the right one with the procedure. Hung my new to me snow thrower. It's an early model front hanger.
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