Good thinking! I never thought about using the deck lift cylinder! Thanks for the heads up on that. I did use the dash, but I'll keep an eye out for another.First off, thanks for the kind words, guys!
And regarding the extra hydraulic spool, I've only seen one other Massey that had this option and I wondered the same exact thing. The answer is, they're for NOTHING. I couldn't believe it. There are just two plugs in each port of the third hydraulic spool. I guess it was there for the owner to decide what he wanted to do with it and plumb whatever to it.
I thought about adding a hydraulic top link to my Massey 1855 and using the auxiliary hydraulic spool to control it. I've spent hours and hours searching and researching and I don't really know if I want to do it, because of price and the fact that the shortest hydraulic cylinder that will work, is a couple inches longer than the relatively short Massey Ferguson original top link that came on the 1855.
I thought about using this..........
But then people say you need check valves otherwise there will be cylinder fade, and that adds even more to the cost and then you've over $200. I still don't know what direction I'd go.
Old post, but what about using the deck lift cylinder off one of your parts tractors? The over all length is just a little short but nothing a modded clevis wouldn't fix? That's what I'm thinking of doing with my third valve.
PS, Did you end up using the dash off of that one you acquired?