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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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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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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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Turnip Harvesting, MF135

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on January 6, 2010

One of the good things about the 135 is that it’s really positive with the steering. This is very useful when doing rowcrop work, such as the swede harvesting in this video. I think the harvester is a Boswell Turnip Harvester, but correct me if I’m wrong.

As we can see,the standard tyres fit between the rows without the need to put rowcrop wheels on and the lightweight tractor will travel in most conditions. The 135 is still been used today for many jobs on the farm, 45 years after its introduction.

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Having Fun On A MF 135

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on January 6, 2010

One of the reasons we all love our 135’s is because they are just so good to drive. When I am in the seat I just feel so connected with the tractor and the land; It’s hard to describe what I mean, but hopefully you will understand. This video of a Massey Ferguson 135 really brought home to me just what fun these little tractors are. And boy, is this guy having fun.

A good snowy winter scene with a blade mouned on the back of the tractor. In fact the blade looks like a reasonable weight to have stuck out some distance so that the front end of the 135 is light-on (as we say in our part of the world). One foot on the brake and it’s fun time!

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Massey Ferugoson 135, Stuck In Bog

Posted by The 135 Webmaster on January 6, 2010

I was surfing Youtube today and what was I looking at? The Massey Ferguson 135 videos of course. There’s quite a few videos on there of our favourite little red tractor, but one in particular caught my eye. The 135 in this video is hauling a trailer across a boggy landscape.

The tractor is well equipped for the job. It has dual wheels on and is pulling a trailer that also has duals and quite large diameter tyres with a self-cleaning tractor style cleat. What I noticed is that when we get the camera shot of the clevis-type drawbar, we can see there is a ground sped pto drive to the trailer wheels. This rig is clearly put together to work in these boggy conditions, and we see the back axle of the loaded trailer go down on one occasion. Then all of a sudden, the driver loses the front wheels of the tractor in a wet hole.

We can now see how boggy the land is, and how capable the tractor/trailer combination is at traversing this landscape. The driver tries to reverse out of the bog, but the front wheels just remain completely burried for what must be 15-20 meters. It just shows how good the 135 is with the duals at staying on top of the turf. I think they need wider wheels at the front to reduce the ground pressure, or maybe a driven front axle.

This film just goes to show how useful and versatile the MF135 is. No wander they are still been used as work horses today all over the world.

This tractor and trailer combination reminds me of another similar rig I saw recently. This time it was a Ford 8210, front wheels removed and connected to a stone cart via an artic chassis. The rear wheels on the stone cart were driven by the ground speed pto of the 8210. The machine was been used for backfilling, working alongside a Mastenbroek trencher laying drainage pipe in some peaty soils. The drainage contractor said the cart was superb in wet conditions and the driver was pretty skilled at hiting the stone chute of the trencher. I know it wasn’t a Massey, but it was an interesting machine to see working.

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