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Picked this little gem up today for $300. It's a 1966 MF 10. It has 23x8.50x12 rear tires, I don't know if this is common or not? The dash is aluminum, but I the nose ring is missing.

It came with a deck that looks to be good and solid and should clean up well. I also got another hood and front grille/screen. All I wanted was the screen but the guy said to take it all. Also got another steering wheel for it, the one on it was cracked. I got the whole column and metal dash since it wouldn't come apart without some work.

It was supposed to have been running but I have no battery to test it yet. It's still in the back of my truck. I don't have any ramps to take it off *doh*.

I could have beat the guy down on price, but he was a great guy and was happy to remove those parts off another 12 he had and throw them in. I'm sure if I had the room he would have gave up the whole tractor. He had a lot of other MF toys around so I'm sure I'll be back there again.

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Looks really good there, nice find.
A sure fire way to know if it is a real 66 is to look for the missing center rib in the frame, bottom side under the engine.
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Left 66, right later models.
You can swap around a lot of parts but not many are going to change the frame.
 

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No rib on this one.

PS picked up some ramps and got it off my truck. What a great day, $125 to fill the truck this morning, $300 for the MF, then $120 for ramps = priceless
 

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66 for sure.
The 23-8.50/12 tires are the common ones you find on all 10s 12s, the 6x12s are not so popular and the used them on different yrs.
Not sure which was the standard tire and which was the optional one???
 

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The aluminum dash cowl is correct for a 1966. The 8.5 is the standard rear tire. The 6" is the narrow tire/wheel option and rare.
Is the step plate off of a 12h? If so, I don't think it will fit....
 

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Congrats on the tractor. Those look like the original rear tires. It should make a good candidate for a restoration.
 

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Nice tractor. Good luck with it. Thanks for the pics.
 
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@tweidman - do you mean the foot board? or the plate off to the right in the last pic? The foot board should fit I think it's the one he had taken off the tractor. It is possible it got mixed up with the one off his parts 12H. If you mean the plate off in the right it is off a 12H. He took it off to get the steering column, and asked if I wanted it.

Thanks for sorting out the tires. I knew there was one size that was more rare, wasn't sure if it was the 8.50 or if there was a narrower wheel.

@JDBrian - one rear is, the other isn't. So I'll have to replace them both.

I plan on restoring it. I don't know how well it's going to go. I'm up here in Lawrencetown in the Valley for school this year. I do have a garage to work in, but I don't have all the tools here that I had when I did my 14. I have nothing to sandblast the parts, or paint the parts. I'm sure I'll figure something out though.
 

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mikebramel said:
6-12 tires were an option for atleast 66 and 67
Has anyone ever seen a 67 with narrow wheels? I have not. I have only ever seen two MF-10's with the narrow wheels (both early 66's), and I own one. :D

I guess it was not a very popular option. Also, when MF says they were an option, does that mean the dealer had the option to order them that way? or did the buyer have the option to have the dealer install them? I wonder?
 

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tweidman said:
Has anyone ever seen a 67 with narrow wheels? I have not. I have only ever seen two MF-10's with the narrow wheels (both early 66's), and I own one. :D

I guess it was not a very popular option. Also, when MF says they were an option, does that mean the dealer had the option to order them that way? or did the buyer have the option to have the dealer install them? I wonder?
I have 4 Operator manuals for the MF10s, MF12s, and all of them show 2 different tire sizes for front and rear wheels.
Dates on the back of the manuals are
10/69
11/70
01/74
06/74

They must of been offered 66 to at least 74 but as has been said you only see the narrow wheels on 66 models.
 

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Here is the step plate on the tractor. It looks like the right one to me.

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Also I was wondering about the key switch on this tractor, or rather the lack of one. It has a push button start and a pull/push shut off switch. Was this a factory item on the 66' 10? Or was this added by some PO in the last 45 years?

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mac102004 said:
Yeah I have one around that would work. I may leave that on there though, it seems cool so if it works it stays.
I have always appreciated the "adds character" additions that some POs have done.
As long as they aren't butchering the unit ( welding a hub on instead of replacing the key comes to mind :wallbanging: )

Good luck with your 10, they are great machines.
 
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