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Hello all. New here. I just purchased a MasseyFerg 10. No implements, just tractor. I believe I'm going to be in the market for a starter soon. Getting the clunk/grind a couple of times before she turns over.

Question 1- Where do I find serial no. to i.d. year of tractor, tec. motor. Also, choke cable does not trac/retract easily. Has been disconnected from choke lever for manual operation, which is a pain to operate while trying to start it from the seated position. Is this an easy fix?

I'll take any advice out there. I love this little tractor. It's a total restoration and looks beautiful, runs great. Can't wait to use it. Thanks in advance.
 

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Welcome to the forum! The Massey guys will be along shortly.
 

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I think the choke cable tends to bind where it curves around the motor and the lubricant gets baked by heat from the exhaust. As far as I know there are two sure fixes - either buy a new length of cable and cut and bend it to fit, or take off the old one, remove the wire core and ream out the sheathing - you don't need to go too far in to get to the area where it is sticking. I did the latter with 8 inches of thin brass rod flattened at one end to act as drill bit and chucked in a dremel. Turning it slowly and gradually easing it up the sheathing worked fine - it dug out all the old stuff that was causing the wire core to stick and I was able to slide the wire back in easily.

I have just dismantled a "clunking" starter yesterday to find that one of the brushes was not sliding in its holder. A bit of cleaning, sanding the carbon off the commutator, and making sure the gaps between the bars were clean and it is working like new. I will have to replace the brushes soon, but they are less than $15 on ebay while a new starter can set you back much more than that. It is definitely worth pulling it apart and taking a look before it shorts itself so badly that it can't be fixed.
 

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Welcome. I have an '74 MF14. Not sure how much crosses over between the two tractors but happy to help when and where I can.
 

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:welcome: crokit, glad you found us.

My Family have a couple of the 10/12 tractors. They are wonderful pieces of equipment. Hope you enjoy yours as much as my Son has enjoyed his.

I've gotten lucky with lubing a couple of those choke cables. If you take it out and clean it up as best you can, then try some ATF on there for lubrication. Be liberal with amounts and I usually just go ahead an coat other sheath to in hopes some will leach inside.

On the really bad ones I have soaked them in a container of ATF. So far, like I said, lucky. Just don't mess with lubricating the friction discs on the handle assembly. There is supposed to be some resistance there.
 

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crokit, welcome to GTTalk! You've got a nice tractor there, especially if it has already been restored. We would all love to see some pics of it. I have several Massey tractors and really enjoy them! Wish I had found them years ago.
 

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Hi Crokit. :wave:

Welcome to GTT.

Those MF10s are great machines. Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

If you decide to go with a new starter, you might want to check out these guys.
 

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Welcome

Serial # is on the left side below the dash.

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The choke cable maybe some lube might help.

Got any Pictures of it?
Apparently, it was removed during restore. I have looked everywhere I can think of, to no avail. Only place I haven't been able to look yet is from directly underneath the full length. My tractor is a spittin' image of MFGrays avitar, minus the mower deck.
 

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Apparently, it was removed during restore. I have looked everywhere I can think of, to no avail. Only place I haven't been able to look yet is from directly underneath the full length. My tractor is a spittin' image of MFGrays avitar, minus the mower deck.
The S/N on the engine or transmission might help pin point things a little further.
 

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As Moosetales suggests,the engine S/N should give you a very good idea. If it is the same as mine, and DH1's pic it could be a '66 model. If the label was the older adhesive decal there will be no rivet holes in the dash tower. A missing centre rib in the frame, extra engine mounting holes and aluminium cowl and nose piece are easily checked and would all point to a '66 model
 

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As Moosetales suggests,the engine S/N should give you a very good idea. If it is the same as mine, and DH1's pic it could be a '66 model. If the label was the older adhesive decal there will be no rivet holes in the dash tower. A missing centre rib in the frame, extra engine mounting holes and aluminium cowl and nose piece are easily checked and would all point to a '66 model
:ditto: :iagree: :thumbs:
 

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As Moosetales suggests,the engine S/N should give you a very good idea. If it is the same as mine, and DH1's pic it could be a '66 model. If the label was the older adhesive decal there will be no rivet holes in the dash tower. A missing centre rib in the frame, extra engine mounting holes and aluminium cowl and nose piece are easily checked and would all point to a '66 model
Looks /sounds like I've got a '66. And, no rivet holes in the dash tower.
 

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Welcome, glad you are here.
 
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