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Radiator, Massey Ferguson 135

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on January 6, 2010

If  your radiator is damaged then there are three options.

  1. You can simply try a radiator sealer which you just follow the manufacturers instructions and pour into your system.  These chemicals tend to have mixed results and will certainly not work with a large leak.  Personally my experience of these products is one of dissapointment.
  2. Re-core.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with having your radiator re-cored.  Other than the cost!!  You can ring for a quote, but this tends to be an expensive process and usually only worthwhile with a large or expensive radiator.
  3. Replace with a new radiator.  The radiators for the MF135 are produced in sufficiently large numbers to make them quite cheap to buy in comparrison with a re-core.  Compare radiator prices.
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Water Temperature Gauge, Massey Ferguson 135

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on January 6, 2010

The water temperature gauges can sometimes go wrong and a replacement is necessary. If you are looking to maintain originallity then you will probaby need to look for a second hand gauge, as the outer detailing is often different to the original.

New gauges are not expensive at approximately £12. If yours in broken then replacing it is definately a good idea, as a boiling engine can warp the head and create a lot of expense. Check to make sure your radiator is clean. If it is clogged with dirt then it will need blowing out with an airline. If an airline will not move the dirt then you may need to remove the radiator and pressure hose the dirt out. Just be careful if you are pressure hosing the radiator. The fins are very delicate and you do not want to damage the core.

Other things to check are the thermostat, water pump and the flow of water through the radiator. If you take off the bottom hose and fill the top from a hosepipe then the flow of water through the radiator whould be able to take the water from the hosepipe without it backing up and spilling out of the filler (that’s an approximate guide). Also check the radiator cap – the rubber seal should be intact and serviceable, otherwise the presure (and hence temperature of the water) will be incorrect.

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Massey Ferguson 135 Radiator Hose Kit

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on January 5, 2010

The only thing to be aware of when ordering your radiator hose kit is that they are different for the straight and swept axle versions.

Many hoses are now perished and in need of replacement. Thankfully the hoses aren’t that expensive and some kits come with the necessary clips. If you wish to keep the originallity of your tractor then you should save (or try and source) the proper spring clips as opposed to using a jubilee clip. There is nothing wrong with using a jubilee clip from a useability point of view.  Kits contain top,bottom, bypass and inlet hose.

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Massey Ferguson 135 Engine Kit

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on January 5, 2010

Many, many MF135’s are now in need of an engine rebuild, as most of these engines have now clocked up between 6,000 and 15,000 hours – some even more! In our experience there is no point in only half-doing an engine. If you are going to go to all the trouble of a complete engine strip-down then it makes sense to replace all of the worn components.

The most economical way to do this is to buy a full engine kitwhich will include everything you need.

The Perkins AD3.152 engine was fitted to the 135, 148 and 240 tractors and kits contain pistons, rings, all gaskets, valves kit, liners, big small and main bearings, oil pump assembly, etc.

If you are looking for some guidance on how to asess an engine for wear and serviceabliity, then the MF35 Engine Rebuild DVD is useful – with a trailer video and photos of the engine rebuild.

Care and attention is probably the most important thing when doing a full rebuild.  You may need to label lots if different containers with the nuts and bolts that belong to a certain component.  If you lay them all out in the order you dismantled then the rebuild process will be much easier.  Another tip is to take photographs as you go along to remind yourself of what goes where.

When assessing all the components it is vital to take your time.  You will need some feeler gauges, a vernier, micrometers (of different sizes)  and preferably a dial test indicator to measure the liner standout above the top of the block.

The 3 cylinder AD3.152 developed 45.5Hp from a 3.6″ (91.4mm) bore and 5″ (127mm) stroke.  The engine is probably the major factor that made the 135 such a great tractor and we can all recoginse the sound of a MF135 as it trips along the road, down a farm track or is working in the field.  Music to my ears if the engine is in good condition.

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Massey Ferguson 135 Wiring Loom

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on December 22, 2009

The protective insulation often gets worn through on the wiring loom of 135 tractors.  This usually happens after years of vibration, the wires rubbing against the engine. It is also quite common for rats to chew through wiring looms!  The result is at best an inoperative electrical system, but it is not unusual for an electrical fire to start – particularly if there is oil stuck to the side of the engine.

Prices for a wiring loom are around the £25-£30 mark, and you can compare prices here.

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Massey Ferguson 135 Safety Start Switch

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on November 24, 2009

If your tractor won’t start and you can’t find what is wrong then it is often the safety start switch that has gone wrong. These are cheap and easy to replace, as they are easily accessible on top of the transmission housing, just in front of the gear lever.

Buy the safety start switch here.

The high/low range selecting gear lever has to be in the ‘start’ position for the electrical circuit to allow the ignition switch to start the engine. This part can be fitted in just a few minutes and you will soon have your tractor up and running again.

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Massey Ferguson 135 Steering Box

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on November 24, 2009

The steering box on the MF135 are generally very reliable and rugged, and develop very few problems – unlike the steering box on the Fordson Dexta which is notorious for wearing (well I suppose it serves them right for buying a blue tractor!!!).

The good news is that all the parts for the steering box are available seperately.

The most common problem is simply oil leaking out of the steering box, and so it is simply a case of replacing the gasket for a couple of pounds or the shaft seals for about £6. While you have it in bits you may as well take a look at the shaft bushes and replace if they are worn (about £10). It is rare to have to replace one of the shafts, but if you do then expect to pay £80-£100 each.

This photo below shows a steering box from a MF65 tractor that has the patch of oil beneath it.

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Massey Ferguson 135 Steering Wheel

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on November 24, 2009

There are several different manufacturers of steering wheel to fit the 135, with slightly varying different prices. Some have a comfort ‘soft grip’ to them which you may find comfortable to use, but which is very different to the original wheel that was fitted.

Really it just depends what you want. Do you just want to use the tractor, in that case you want a practical steering wheel that is going to be both durable and comfortable to handle. If, on the other hand, you wish to retain the originality of your tractor then you will be looking for a replacement which is as true to the original as possible. You may find a second hand wheel from eBay that is in good condition.

View the different Massey Ferguson 135 steering wheels for sale.

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