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Traill95
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I picked this up off of a friend here in town for $100. This is my first Massey. It has Carb issues, mostly linkage I think. It doesn't look to me that is hooked up right. Here are pics. It came with a pretty good mower deck and the original hubcaps. I am thinking of parting with the mower deck and the hubcaps as I will be changing tire sizes and making this my yard work tractor. I will get pics of the deck and hubcaps when I get a chance. Gonna be a busy weekend.
 

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That is a very nice looking 8 and it is a HYDRO! I've got an 8 gear that does an excellent job mowing and getting into tight spots, I'd bet that hydro would be even better. I'd think about keeping the deck and using it if you have a yard with tight areas. Might want to keep the deck in any case as the tractor would be worth more when you go to sell it.

From what you have posted here, it looks like the carb linkages are Ok.

It actually looks like the linkage is adjusted in a way that would make it difficult to get good top speed out of it. I'm talking about the arm that is at right angles, with the spring. The link to the governor is in the lowest hole, means that the governor has good leverage to push the carb closed as it pushes against the spring on the other end of that arm.
 
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Congrats on the MF8! I think you got a GREAT deal on it! Besides what Howard said I would also change the carb base gasket out, It looks like it may not be sealing properly? Good luck :thumbs:
 

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Congrats on the really nice 8. I'd say it's in much better than average condition! The linkages also look correct to me. You should give it a tune up and you might find the problem. The carbs on these are not hard to rebuild. It may just need to be cleaned but if you are taking the time to disassemble it you may want to pick up a kit and rebuild it while it's apart. The steering gear on these is really well made and when everything is clean and lubed they steer really easy and have a tight turning radius. You would be lucky to find a decent deck for 100$ let alone the entire tractor.
 

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That's a good looking tractor! Great score!
 
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Nice survivor. That's in great shape, by the looks out it. Congrats on that great deal.

I just finished fixing up a MF8H that I got off member DH1, about a year and a 1/2 ago.

Great little mower. Does a great job cutting, and zipping around in tight spots.

I had some trouble with the carb/gov linkage/springs too. Right now it's working

sort of. Good enough for now, as I plan to give it a complete resto this winter.

If you do change things on the linkage etc. and find it's better, please keep us posted.
 

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That is a great looking 8. Congratulations on a very good deal. It looks very nice for it's age.
 
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A guy 100 miles from me has a MF7 for sale for $250. No engine, tires worthless, and rusty. You got a GREAT deal. Congratulations. I'd save the mower and hubcaps in case later you wanted to make it into a show piece. Wouldn't be very hard to do. :thumbs:
 

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looks like a nice original tractor. I hope its in easy repair. Tecumseh's usually give me a hard time so I tend not to own any.
 
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