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New to me MF135

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Hey Gang

been a long time since I've been on this site. Finally got a tractor to talk about. Got a MF 135 with the Continental engine. I didn't have the patience for finding something with the Perkins Diesel.

Mowed a little with it but have decided to do a little maintenance before I do much more with it. It starts easily although I think the throttle linkage may be out of adjustment. Doesn't seem to rev very high and I don't think pushing the throttle all the way down should kill the engine!

My daughter and I gave it a bath after this picture. Definitely need to spend some time addressing oil leaks. Doesn't appear to be the valve cover but there is oil all over the block on the spark plug side of the engine.

It also came with a mower but it's pretty rough. it cuts but has been broken in about every place I think it can have been.

Progress to come.


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Everything looks good, especially the sheet metal for that old of a tractor. Considering the cost, I usually just replace the fuel shutoff valve, all present and foreseeable future problems solved. Have done quite a few 20, 30 and 35’s w/fuel valve problems, inexpensive solution. One 35 I did had atrocious bushings, I finally had a machine shop remove mine, he pressed the new bushing in also. I usually get too heavy handed and end up creating more problems, so I just had the shop take care of that one problem. Almost any and every part you need is available for your tractor. And so much easier to work on than the new models. In all likelihood be very satisfied with your tractor, will last a long time if you take good care of the old girl.
You will save yourself lots of frustration if you do thread chasing w/a tap & die. And I don’t think there are bushings on the radius arms, and almost every Ford or Ferguson I’ve been around or worked on had wear on them from the tires rubbing on them from too many hard turns. Changing the coolant is really a smart idea, if you don’t, your just rolling the dice and praying nothing freezes. And, for you hardware (bolts/nuts/washers) go to one of the larger tractor dealers, the Ford dealer 20 miles away sells standard grade hardware by the pound. Grade 5 & 8 are sold by piece, so if I need an up grade bolt, they always have the size & length bolt I need, and while I’m there grab a few hands full of various sizes, slightly too long of a choice, get out the hack saw, right length now. LOL. From the looks of everything I see, you shouldn’t be too far into it financially, and you will thoroughly enjoy the tractor for a long time.
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