Posted by Webmaster on December 4, 2013
Daily servicing of your Massey Ferguson 135 tractor is vital to keep your machine running smoothly. This service is recommended by Massey Ferguson either daily or every 10 hours. When tractors are used for a full day it is easy to get into the daily service routine. However, if a tractor is only used for a few minutes each day it can be easy to forget to do these simple checks so try and have a routine of once a week if you only use the tractor intermittently.
Fastidious operators would check the engine oil level each day even if only using the tractor for a few minutes.
- Check engine oil when tractor is on level ground. Fill if necessary.
- Check coolant level in radiator. Top up to within 37mm from the top of the radiator.
- Check the dry air cleaner hoses and unloader valve.
- Inspect the primary fuel filter glass bowl and drain off any water.
- Grease front axle spindles and front hubs.
- Grease front axle pivots pin.
- Grease levelling box and lift arms.
- Grease brake pedal bearing assembly.
- Check tyre pressures and adjust for the current job.
- Check belt pulley oil level if in use. Refill to plug level with a recommended transmission oil if necessary.
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Posted by Webmaster on April 19, 2012
This page is really just a link to the MF135 information on the Tractor Data website. Tractor Data has the basic data and specifications for most of the common tractor models and so it is a good source of information. Enjoy!
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Posted by Webmaster on September 28, 2011
Restoring an old tractor is a long process which starts with the mechanical aspects. This may be a full engine rebuild, hydraulic refurbishment, or it could just be a case of replacing a few oil seals. All these jobs need to be done first, as there is no point in making all the paintwork good to then have either oil running down the new paintwork or having to go back and undertake repairs which then damage the paint.
Preparation and painting is done as the tractor is re-assembled. I was reminded of this as I watched this MF135 restoration from youtube…
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Posted by Webmaster on February 17, 2011
This vide (bottom of page) gives a detailed look at a Massey Ferguson 135 tractor. It has a Mill loader fitted with a bucket level indicator. The bucket used to be a trip loader but now it has been converted to hydraulic crowd operated by spool valves. There is a diverter valve on top of the hydraulic cover so that the oil supply can either be routed towards the loader or the rear linkage.
It has a solid cab with rubber trim but the tractor is in need of foot plates. It also has the delux seat and the gentleman has a sales brochure to use as a reference.
And with 4241 genuine hours on the clock the engine should be good for many years yet. Unfortunately, although the tin work is straight, there is a lot of rust and rot on the cab.
Like many 135′s it has a T-bar fitted for the pick up hitch and the owner has made a concrete weight to balance the loader (to the same dimensions as an original one). The tractor is used for the usual sort of jobs such as topping grass and running a sawbench.
The owner has made a nice little video which talks through the tractor at a nice pace. Worth a little watch.
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Posted by Webmaster on February 17, 2011
This video shows the restoration of a Massey Ferguson 135. Stripping down, painting and reassembling.
Anyone who has undertaken the task of a full tractor restoration will know the time involved. Many, many nights and weekends are taken up in sheds all over the world for tractor restoration projects. But it’s worth it!
For anyone who want to see a full length double disc DVD on restoring a MF135 then the Reborn Tractor 135 Restoration DVD is well worth a look.
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Posted by Webmaster on May 13, 2010
These are the starting serial numbers for the Massey Ferguson 135 for each year of build. Production ran for 11 years between 1964 and 1975, with many of the tractors still in use on farm today. The tractor identification plate that has the serial number stamped on is located on the instrument panel, just below the steering wheel.
The majority of tractos built for the UK and market used the Perkins AD3.152 engine which was well liked for its good starting performance. There is no mistaking the noise of the 45.5hp engine as it is working around the farm yard.
If you are having any problems with your AD3.152 engine or are about to undertake a full rebuild then you may find the Perkins 3A.152 Engine Rebuild DVD useful (available from our sister website – vintagetractorengineer.com). This DVD was filmed for the MF35, but most of the information also pertains to the AD3.152 engine.
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Posted by Webmaster on February 12, 2010
The Massey Ferguson 135 is a popular tractor. In fact it is one of the most popular tractors for vintage and classic enthusiasts. So today I did a bit of research into what people are searching for on the internet when they are looking for information on this tractor. Here are some of the terms people are typing in…
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- massey furguson 135
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- perkins 135
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- masey ferguson 135
…and a whole host of other spellings of the tractor name!!!
People are also searching for spares, second hand, for sale, cabs, loaders, 4WD, parts, tyres, etc. etc. One thing that’s for certain is that lots of people are searching the internet for these tractor – and no wonder, they are great little tractors. They are still in use on thousands of farms as a daily workhorse, starting on the coldest of days and really proving their worth.
If you have a 135 then please leave a comment in the box below, tell us what you use your tractor for and if you like the fergie.
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Posted by Webmaster on February 7, 2010
We’ve had a question from Gary, who asks about his Massey Ferguson 135 dynamo, as the electrical system isn’t charging the tractor battery. Here is what Gary says…
I have a MF135 with a diesel engine.It has stopped charging the battery and wondered if you could tell me how to check to see if the dynamo and other components are working correctly to find out what is wrong.The tractor is used on a working farm daily as it is ideal to get in the small byres.
We have written a page on how to test the dynamo on the Vintage Tractor Engineer Site…
Testing a 12V Dynamo
…also from there you can see a link to the MF35 wiring diagram, which is similar to yours (but positive earth instead of negative).
Just a few questions for you to think about
- Do the lights work? When you turn on the lights does this show a minus current? Because if the ampmeter does not show a discharge during electricuse (eg lights on) then it is likely that the charging does not work for the same reason – the reason been that it is possible that the ampmeter has gone faulty. When this happens the battery cannot charge.
- Are your battery leads and wiring loom OK. If it is turning the starter
motor over OK then battery leads should be OK.
- Is the wiring loom OK. Often the earth lead comes off the regulator box (or breaking through at some point).
Hope this helps.
The MF135 Team.
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Posted by Webmaster on January 28, 2010
People are often asking which colour the wheels and grill should be on the Massey Ferguson 135 tractor.
All the 100 series tractors used silver mist for the wheels and grill. Both the wheel centres and the rims were painted silver mist, but not the hub cap on the front axle or the axle end of the rear axle.
There does seem to be an increasing number of tractors been restored and having the wheel centres painted red. This colour scheme does look good and this colour scheme is on one of the original brochures I have seen for the 135. Red wheel centres does seem to be common on the tractors exported to Canada and Austrlia (to name two countries where a reasonably large number of these tractors went to).
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Posted by Webmaster on January 28, 2010
When changing the engine oil in the Massey 135 with a Perkins AD3-152 engine, it is essential to use the correct oil. The type of oil chosen does depend on the climate, but the modern multi-grade oils make this much easier.
For normal temperate climates (0 to 25 degrees C) most people use a 15W40 multigrade oil. If however, the tractor is in a cold climate, then 10W30 is more common. In climates such as Canada, where the summer and winter temperature extremes are so wide, it is often necessary to change the oil between summer and winter.
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