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135 Clutch Guide

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on May 19, 2017

We’ve been working away over the past few weeks on a 135.  We’ve done the engine and clutch and we will also be looking at the hydraulics.

We have filmed all the work on the clutch and associated components and can now offer this video guide over at our sister site Vintage Tractor Engineer.


Spraying MF135 clutch with clutch cleaner

When you’re in the clutch housing and you’ve got the tractor split, it makes sense to do any other necessary work whilst you’re in there.  The input shaft seals and crankshaft seal are often found to be leaking and oil entering the clutch housing could in fact be what has caused the damage to the clutch.  We take a look at how to replace these seals as well as the shaft seals for the Multi-Power system.  These are the most common cause of lack of performance in the Multi-Power system.  It is important to know how to do these jobs to the best of our ability, as the seals can easily get damaged during installation.

Click on this link for the full information about the MF135 Clutch Guide.  It’s a 1 hour 20 min video guide, along with all the supporting information you need.

Here are a few more photos from the videos…

MF135 new clutch plate

MF135 shaft seals

Splitting the tractor

Using clutch centralising tool

Setting p.t.o. clutch on MF 135 tractor

Get the MF135 Clutch Guide Here.   It’s our most comprehensive guide yet!

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135 Refurbishment

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on December 5, 2016

We currently have a 135 in the workshop for refurbishment.

The main tasks are an engine rebuild, clutch overhaul and some attention is needed to the Multi-Power.  Whilst we have the tractor we will also check out the hydraulics and anything else that is in need of a little attention.

We will be documenting the work as we go along and have already written a bit about it on our sister site (Vintage Tractor Engineer).

Here’s what there is so far…

The Tractor In For Refurbishment.

Engine Oil Pump Assessment.



We’ve now made a video guide for the clutch replacement and for other work whilst in the clutch housing.  This link takes you to the MF135 Clutch Replacement Guide.

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Making A Video Guide For MF135 Hydraulics Repair

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on March 15, 2016

The Vintage Massey Ferguson 135 website has a sister site over at Vintage Tractor Engineer.

We have the dedicated MF135 website because they are such a great tractor and deserve their very own website dedicated to nothing but the 135!

So what do we do at Vintage Tractor Engineer?

Well at VTE we have more in-depth tractor maintenance articles and procedures (in fact, we have hundreds of them) to show you how to do various maintenance procedures.  We also have full in-depth DVD or online videos to take tractor owners through more complex tasks such as engine repairs or hydraulics repairs.  These are shown in full detail so that anyone can follow the guides.

We have been getting an increased number of emails from MF135 owners who need a detailed video for the 135 hydraulics system.

There are some distinct obstacles and problems that 135 owners face when trying to do any work on the hydrualics system on their own.

The general method of dismantling the hydraulics is shown in the MF135 workshop manual.  That is fine and will be a big help.  However, there was also a further publication produced by MF that gave the procedure necessary to do the set-up correctly when it is been re-assembled.

This publication was only made available to MF dealerships and is no longer available.  Most people just don’t know that it ever existed and unless you were an MF mechanic back in the 1970’s that knowledge is mostly missing.

There are also special tools that are necessary to do this set-up procedure.

These tools are no longer available.

So what can we do?

Well hopefully this is where the Vintae Tractor Engineer is going to come in.

We are hoping to produce a video to shosw how to undertake this repair and show how to do the set-up procedure.  We are also having the tools reproduced so that owners are able to undertake this repair themselves and know that the job has been done correctly.

Hop over to the Vintage Tractor Engineer website now.

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120 Massey Ferguson 135 Tractors

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on May 28, 2014

Here at the Vintage Masssey Ferguson 135 we obviously only have eyes for one model of tractor.  So when we saw a video of 120 135 tractors working in one field we had to share it with you.

You see, we spend far too much time drifting into YouTube Fergiland.  We particularly liked the continual line up of the tractors working along the furrow with their ploughs.  One after another, after another, after another.  Bliss!!

Here is the clip…

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10 Hour (Or Daily) Service

Posted by The 135 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.

The Service

  1. Check engine oil when tractor is on level ground. Fill if necessary.
  2. Check coolant level in radiator. Top up to within 37mm from the top of the radiator.
  3. Check the dry air cleaner hoses and unloader valve.
  4. Inspect the primary fuel filter glass bowl and drain off any water.
  5. Grease front axle spindles and front hubs.
  6. Grease front axle pivots pin.
  7. Grease levelling box and lift arms.
  8. Grease brake pedal bearing assembly.
  9. Check tyre pressures and adjust for the current job.
  10. Check belt pulley oil level if in use. Refill to plug level with a recommended transmission oil if necessary.

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Massey Ferguson 135 Tractor Data

Posted by The 135 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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Restoring A Massey Ferguson 135

Posted by The 135 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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A Detailed Look At A Massey Ferguson 135 Tractor

Posted by The 135 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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Massey Ferguson 135 Restoration Video

Posted by The 135 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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Massey Ferguson 135 Serial Numbers

Posted by The 135 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.

1964 641000001
1965 641001909
1966 641014871
1967 9A10001
1968 9A39836
1969 9A63158
1970 9A87325
1971 9A107519
1972 9A128141
1973 9A152025
1974 9A182761
1975 9A207681


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 –  This DVD was filmed for the MF35, but most of the information also pertains to the AD3.152 engine.

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