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Old 02-08-2021, 10:33 PM
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Default A Massey-Harris 33.

I feel I'm getting further and further behind on my project list. Maybe I should quit getting more cool things. ------ I can quit any time I want to, honest.
Remember last year about this time, I told you that some friends phoned and asked if I had a project going that they could help with, well, the same guys phoned again this year, with the same request. I lied to them last year and said "yes, I'll be bring it in tomorrow", and then scrambled around looking for a suitable project. This year was a carbon copy of last year. Those guys keep their noses to the grindstone, but it forces me to keep moving along too.
I had started building a 33 Massey-Harris a while ago, so I took the motor in to them to finish rebuilding.
The tractor was partly dismantled and partly missing, so I got a good deal on it. My sandblasting buddy came out one day and blasted two tractors for me, this Massey-Harris and you'll see in one picture there is also my daughter's Minneapolis-Moline U. Not pictured is a whole yard full of tin, hoods, fenders, aircleaners, grilles, and miscellaneous weird stuff to be sandblasted.
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Old 02-08-2021, 10:43 PM
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The Minneapolis-Moline U came out really nice, when it was painted. It always was a good tractor and it still is. She started a haying operation when she was in 4-H and needed a tractor.
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Old 02-08-2021, 11:01 PM
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Anyhow I took the motor, [a Chrysler 23 inch flathead six with 230 cu. in.] in to my building friends. The first picture is the poor old motor dumped out. I had the motor stripped down pretty good, so now I have been taking the extra stuff in to them. When I get it back it's going to be running. The carburetor was rebuilt a while ago and now I'm getting the intake and exhaust manifolds ready to mount. This has not been going quickly, as there are eight bolts rusted permanently in there and mostly broken off also. There is a five inch crack and a two inch one to weld up. The second picture is the intake with me putting in a Heli-coil because I was too rough taking one broken bolt out. pic three is the intake in primer.
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Old 02-09-2021, 01:49 AM
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I love the orange color... you should be able to find it where ever you leave it
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Old 02-09-2021, 06:04 AM
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Nice project. My Dad did a Massey Harris 44 Special. Amongst others.
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Old 02-09-2021, 07:08 AM
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Thanks MM, I'll be following along on this one. Your daughter's MM looks like it turned out really nice.
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Old 02-09-2021, 07:40 AM
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You have had to been rebuilding tractors for a long time.
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Old 02-09-2021, 11:07 AM
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Nice work MM. The Minn Moline looks super.
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Old 02-09-2021, 02:20 PM
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Thank you guys.
Harvest Gold, Dutch, Harvest Gold, not just orange.
Kenny, this 33 will look just like your dads tractor just a wee bit smaller.
OI, I've had tractors for a long time but I didn't have time to build them when I was farming and trucking together and fixing all of my own stuff.

Here's my daughter, Chanelle, plowing with her Minneapolis, and a way in the back of the line right at the horizon, that tall old guy on a Massey Ferguson 95, is her Dad. #2 Crimping Timothy hay.
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Old 02-09-2021, 03:34 PM
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sorry , let me re-frase...

I love the Harvest gold.... looks a bit like orange, but I love it anyway. Cool name for a tractor color too

I really miss that swing seat on my tractor. (not that it`s big enough to accomodate it) One thing I did notice tho, Your daughter`s leg seems to be scary close to that pto shaft when sitting sideways
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