Potential restoration - Massey Ferguson 35 Watch

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I have in my ownership a Massey Ferguson 35. Not in the best condition..
I have owned it for 7 years and it has been a bit temperamental but now i wish to restore it to its original state. The tractor is 40ish years old, but has no registration. Anyway - does anyone have any tips on starting a restoration project. Also, with the tractor, when i put the key in and turn it, nothing happens. Nothing at all.. no sound, no movement no nothing. What could this possibly be. Its not the battery as the battery is new and it has worked with the new battery before..
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Make sure the connections are on firm and that there are no breaks in the battery wires.
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Pictures
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Push the starter solenoid by hand, keeping well away from any machinery like the flywheel and motor itself. In fact, use a long piece of wood to do it.

See if that makes the engine spin.
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Im sorry but could you tell me where the starter solenoid is? Or what i shpould look for, what its connected to.. just so i can find it?
Pictures will be posted soon!!
I have checked the battery connections and wires so i dont think the problem lies there..
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Starter solly is mounted on the starter (usually)!

Pics please!

If you're going to do a rebuild, when you strip it down lable EVERYTHING. You might know where things go now but in 12 months time you'll look at bolt x and bracket y and think "where did I take that off".

I'm doing my own restoration of an MGB which, some may argue has a tractor engine and labling things really helps.

Also, it's important to set yourself mini goals - restoring the heater assembly is my next major job.
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Restoration is a rollercoaster ride!
Well worth the enormous pride you get in the end. Im doing up a Roadless 115 at the moment, my current mini goal is replacing one of the half shaft seals and while everything is now off im restoring the hydraulics. Another little job I need to do is to get a decent air filter housing as mine had rusted through a fair amount!!
Good luck with it all, be sure to keep us all updated!
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Another tractor restorer!

You have to be really careful messing around with these things. The engineering is so beefy. I've had a car drop off axle stands before now. Wouldn't like to think what a tractor would be like!
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still struggling to find the starter solenoid
what does it look like - just want to get it started again, then i can start the restoration.. only once i have got it started though..
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The thing on top of the starter motor on the bottom.
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thanks gbduo was really helpful..
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No prob, and it is Graham, i hate usernames...call me by who I actually am!

Any other questions, just fire away!
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(Original post by gbduo)
No prob, and it is Graham, i hate usernames...call me by who I actually am!

Any other questions, just fire away!
My user name is my name! :cool:
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The thing on top of the starter motor on the bottom.
lol.
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(Original post by JC.)
My user name is my name! :cool:
I am too cool to have my username as my name.

Instead it is the tail number of one of the Concorde's. That is cool.
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Ahhhh tractor restoration. I come back from time away and something interesting is already up. Pics please .

Me and my dad are currently hunting a David Brown 25D to restore. Hunting being the operative word....
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I am too cool to have my username as my name.

Instead it is the tail number of one of the Concorde's. That is cool.
Sorry, i just coughed up some bile! THAT is cool :confused: which big ball in space are you from exactly? thats the most geekish/anorak'ish thing ive heard from you so far lol. and you are a die-hard anorak! :p:
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(Original post by Lara C.)
Sorry, i just coughed up some bile! THAT is cool :confused: which big ball in space are you from exactly? thats the most geekish/anorak'ish thing ive heard from you so far lol. and you are a die-hard anorak! :p:
Lol, I love planes and boats and cars and engines and stuff.

To excess.
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The electrical problem coud be the safety start switch which is located in front of the gear lever. I think that is the most likely, otherwise I would check out the ignition switch.
We have just restored the engine on a 4 cylinder MF 35 and also the tractor hydraulics.



The good thing is that any money you spend will still be in the tractor so you won't loose anything. In fact they just seem to be going up in value all the time.

Cheers.
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