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Well fellas, got done planting corn before getting rained out so had time to go pick up my supposable MF 1650(according to the hood decal) but upon arrival I discovered the serial tag read 1450 with a 4810 mower deck.....seller had no idea about that one.....not a happy camper about that! Someone installed a 1650 hood on the tractor. Tractor and mower are in very tough condition so don't know what to do now......restore it or junk it?? What do you guys think......anyone have a good parts machine or any of the plastic parts on the operators station....need the piece that the choke lever mounts in if I decide to restore this ole girl!? Engine is shot so I was gonna put a honda 24 hp in it from that small engine warehouse....see they have engines on ebay 4 sale......is it worth all the work......what should I do????
 

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It would be nice to see pics of it to be able to give a better opinion. I think as long as she isn't all rusted out and other then a couple of pieces missing then it would be worth restoring. Also depends on how much you paid for the tractor.
 

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that honda is too much money. just rebuild the motor you have. for the price of the honda you could get a nice 1655 or 1855 that comes with a better engine
 

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Ron Paul
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a 1650 and a 1450 are the same thing take the 2hp
that tractor is worth the work
whats wrong with the motor?
put some pictures
 

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Heres one pic....will post more when my cellphone decides to start working again! Found a 1655 today and have decided to buy it instead...anyone interested in this beast.....350.00 takes it home! Tire Vehicle Wheel Automotive tire Motor vehicle
 

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Know nothing about it....needs a starter and battery before any fire in the hole.....has sat for a long time and judging by the front grille it looks to me like its a oil burner by the thick coat of smoke/oily residue on grille screen? Steering has alot of slop in it. Tires all seem to hold air. Needs a seat. Don't know if the mower is any good, don't know if the hydro works or slips.....in a nut shell I know zero about it!
 

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Thanks for the interest hooligan but I traded the MF 1450 in on the MF 1655. Just brought it home saturday morning and mower with it last night for the first time......awesome machine and just like I remembered my grandpas! Massey Ferguson did their homework when they built/introduced this mower! Doesn't really need it but think I'll restore and repower it this coming winter. Will post pics as soon as time permits.
 
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By "repower", do you mean change the original engine? I've never seen a new engine as good as the old ones rebuilt.
 

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Yeah...repower as in take the onan out and install a honda 24hp engine. Engine is perfectly fine and uses no oil but lacks alot of power compared to my dads john deere.....he passes me in the yard and I can't stomach a deere passing me!! So whats the problem with repowering this tractor with a honda?? Whats so fantastic about the onan that it can't be replaced??
 
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Luke said:
Yeah...repower as in take the onan out and install a honda 24hp engine. Engine is perfectly fine and uses no oil but lacks alot of power compared to my dads john deere.....he passes me in the yard and I can't stomach a deere passing me!! So whats the problem with repowering this tractor with a honda?? Whats so fantastic about the onan that it can't be replaced??
Nothing if that's what you want to do. kind of like putting a Honda engine in a 68 camaro. Did you ever think it could possibly be the gearing? I don't know, but I'm not a fan of non American iron. A whole lot of the concept of these forums deals in the restoration of these older machines, very little about repowering ones with good engines for the purpose of making them "fast". That's my opinion, you have yours, no skin off my nose. If I'm ever lucky enough to get a 1855, I wouldn't put a Honda engine in it. What's wrong with a Vanguard or a Kohler twin? I can tell you that while honda USED to make the best engine out there, but the last few years there stuff has really fallen off in quality, check it out yourself.
 

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When the Onan in my 1655 I just got takes a crap I am either replacing it with a nice sized diesel or a big Kohler.
 

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NUTNDUN said:
When the Onan in my 1655 I just got takes a crap I am either replacing it with a nice sized diesel or a big Kohler.
Just go ahead & re-power, then ship that Onan to me! LOL
 

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LOL. I can send it to ya. I have to still give the Onan a chance to win my heart. It can't do anything with the tractor all torn apart right now.
 

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LOL. I can send it to ya. I have to still give the Onan a chance to win my heart. It can't do anything with the tractor all torn apart right now.
I absolutely love my Onan engines, but one thing is sure....they love gasoline! Maybe it's just because I have these diesels & they sip fuel.
 
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