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Just picked this up last weekend and need some input. It is serial #200001, which caught my attention as being unique, but have found no way to figure out when it would have been built. The PTO has been removed at some time, so do if I restore this, do I want to go thru the effort of replacing it? I will not be using PTO, but wonder if it is something that should be done. I am thinking this will be a good resto project for my step-son and I to work on. What do you guys think?
 

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Tractorholic
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Welcome to GTT Luke! By all accounts the Snapper units built for Massey are rugged and dependable. It should make an excellent project for the two of you.
 
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Great looking MF!!!! I really do not know much about MF tractors (since I am into Wheel Horses) to say whether you should fix the pto or not. Good luck with it!
 
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That's a really nice GT you've got there. We don't see many of those up here. Mostly 16/1855's. I like that model it's a nice size and is nicely equipped.
 

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Nice looking 1650. You'll notice that the Model Number is MF1650, if it had come with a PTO it would be Model Number MF1650 A. I have both a MF1650 A and a Snapper 1650 A and the PTO's were disconnected on both when I purchased them. Everything was there but the drive belts were missing. I notice that grass clippings and dirt tend to collect around the pulleys at the rear of the tractor and tend to rust them out. This may not be the case if they are used frequently and kept clean but I don't know for sure. Enjoy your tractor, it's a workhorse. I can't see if you have a 3 point hitch on it but I see you have the hydraulic control for it. If you want one, they show up on eBay and Craigslist now and then for around $300 to $350.
 

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Tinner is correct, the pto was an option, and i see now your engagement handle is missing. The problem with finding them used is how beat out the splined couplers are, they are softer than the shafts , the last time i checked they were no longer available
Check your local MF and Snapper dealers, I've had good luck finding NOS on the shelves of dealers since these tractors were built into the 80's, Both my 1650 and 1200 have pto's and i have the big tiller and finish mower, it's neat to play with the 2000 rpm stuff.
Your dash and center console look really good, ( they break out alot) , Enjoy , they're a great tractor

On your serial number? I wonder if the first number means anything, on MTD it's just a prefix, thats how we found out that Dads T80 was tractor number 3, That would really be something if found a number 1
 

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Welcome to GTT. Great machine you've got yourself there. I've got one, and just love it.
I'm curious too, to find out about
that serial #. Please keep us posted, if you find out.
 

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Well I believe this tractor is the first off the assembly line, from the serial number sheet I downloaded in the manual section. The previous owner stated that it use to have pto, but it had been removed, and the pto shield in the back is open, not covered up in anyway. I grew up with a MF 1650, one of the last before Snapper took over, and now I really look forward to restoring this, and putting the PTO and 3 point on it. I don't think I will put much effort into the deck, knowing the expense of parts, and we have other mowers to use. So any advice on starting the restore woulld be much appreciated.
 

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Welcome! Nice looking GT and if info is correct and you have the first of that model, what a score!! That will be a great project for you and your stepson. Great find.

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Wow...the very 1st one! May not increase it's value, but it certainly something unique! I have the 44th MF12H off the line and thought that was neat, but 1st!!!!!
 

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Take lots of pictures as you do the tear down. Bag and label the hardware as you go. Put penetrateing oil
on the steering wheel shaft/hub NOW.

That's pretty neat that you've got #1.

Oh, yeah, we like to look at pictures, so keep em coming.
Good luck with the resto.
 

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Wow ,congrats on unique score, we thought we were doing good with number 3 and i know of a few consecutive serial numbered tractors. Here is another one for food for thought for you, I always ask people, do you think when they took pictures for the brochures, did they take a few of the first tractors that were built? , i'm sure they used a couple, is yours the one ?, is dad's number 3 white in a brochure ? Makes great conversation at tractor shows, especially to people that think the little guys don't have much to offer.
 

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Nice purchase.
If you can not find the spline shaft and coupligs for the PTO. You can do what I did. I used 3/4 in shafting c/w 3/16in. keyway. Cast steel pulleys to match the 3/4 shafting and new cast bearing flanges.
Works great no problems.
 
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