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Took #1 (1655 serial #1) out for her maiden voyage to till the garden and it was a little rougher than I thought it was going to be! Tiller worked amazing, for about 500 ft. Then the belts behind the pto cover started to slip and smoke, should have replaced them when I looked at them and thought to myself "I should replace those..." so I took the tiller off and put the drag blade on to scrape bean stubble off the surface. I figured the more time I put on it the better chance I would have at finding more bugs! And bugs I found! The rear pto shaft was bent (never checked that) and wiped out a fitting on the pressure side of the pump spraying 3 quarts of hydraulic fluid on the ground! So today I fixed the broken fitting and an trying to find a source for some 3/4" 11t splined shaft so I can make a new rear pto shaft. Anybody know where I can find some splined shaft? I tried surplus center, they have the coupler but no shaft... Tire Wheel Vehicle Automotive tire Tread Plant Tire Wheel Vehicle Automotive tire
In the back ground you can see my buddy tiling with his 1572 diesel cub(which also had a rough day, head gasket ). It is his wife's giant garden so I let her run the Massey while I got another barley pop!

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Sorry to hear of the issues. But now you know what's needed.
 

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These old GT's tend to build up a few issues over the years. It's worth sorting them all out to have a machine that would cost you almost 10K to replace with a new one.
 

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Sorry to hear about all those problems . Have any ideas of how the PTO shaft got bent ?
 

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I cant find that shafting either so what I have been looking at is using a lovejoy coupler. One half would have the 3/4 11t spline that would fit on the stub shaft for the engine. The other half would be a 1inch bore. Replace the bent shaft with 1 inch shafting and replace the pulley that runs the pto. All parts are available from surplus center.

http://www.surpluscenter.com/Power-Transmission/Shaft-Couplers/3-Piece-Flexible-Jaw-Couplers/3-4-11-TOOTH-SPLINED-L-100-JAW-COUPLING-HALF-1-3422-11.axd

http://www.surpluscenter.com/Power-Transmission/Shaft-Couplers/3-Piece-Flexible-Jaw-Couplers/1-L-100-JAW-COUPLING-HALF-1-3422-M.axd

http://www.surpluscenter.com/Power-Transmission/Shaft-Couplers/3-Piece-Flexible-Jaw-Couplers/BUNA-N-INSERT-FOR-L-100-JAW-COUPLING-1-3422-X.axd
 

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Well it is comforting to know I'm not the only one who looks at something and think "I should replace this" the let it go only to fail in a short time. :wallbanging: :wallbanging: :wallbanging: I hope you can find a shaft or a solution to the bent shaft.
 

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Wow, that looks like no fun. I bet that tractor is going to be nothing but problems, and is going to be a continual project. You should probably just let someone come take that off your hands now and save you alot of future frustration! ;)
 

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Wow, that looks like no fun. I bet that tractor is going to be nothing but problems, and is going to be a continual project. You should probably just let someone come take that off your hands now and save you alot of future frustration! ;)
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You were thinking of me, right? :peace:
Sure thing!! I'll tell you what...I'll even bring it to you! Well, as far as Knoxville anyway. Oh, by the way...you no the tractor comes without a muffler and without power steering, right? :)
 
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I called a Massey dealer today just to see if that shaft is available and it is. But they want like $450 for it so back making one! I have a plan and will post pictures if it works, if it doesn't I'm just going to tell you guys I haven't got around to it yet!

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The rear pto shafts must be one of the things on these tractors that were marginally under-built. Yours is the second one that's broken this week!

I was looking last night at one of my 1855s. The rear PTO shaft on it has been sleeved with a piece of tubing that slipped over the shaft. It was welded on each end, and spot "plug" welded several places in between. I should probably do this on my other tractors when I have a chance.

Just as a point of interest, the other rear pto shaft that failed this week happened when the rear bearing siezed. It siezed so badly, that the shaft actually wadded up to the point that it had to be cut out!

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No, two other people had it in the couple of months between you and I, I thought the guy that bought it from me was preparing to fix it.
Hmm, interesting. It may have never gotten fixed. There is a noticeable grinding/dragging/bad sound that you can hear when shutting the tractor down... I'll have to look into that.
 

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So after many hours of trying to find the right splined shaft, with no luck what so ever! I gave up and decided that the best course of action was to cut the bent one up and rebuild with heavier tubing. I may have gone overboard with .25 wall DOM (1.5o.d.-1.0i.d) but I figured it would never bend again! I ground the welds on the old shaft and pulled the splined ends out, then took them to my buddy's shop so he could turn them down on the lathe to 1.0" Then we pressed them into the new shaft and TIG welded them on (Thanks Dave!) after I got it home I replaced the bearing at the back and both belts no more " I should have replaced that while it was out"! Got her all put back together and it works like a charm! When I do the next one for another 1655 that I have I will use smaller tubing, probably .125" wall DOM. The clearance to the top of the rear end is tight and my rub a bit under operation, we shall see.

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Beautiful job!!!
 
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