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    New Member PerryW's Avatar
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    Default Taking up the 135 challenge

    So. apart from my introduction, this is my first post here.

    I'm no mechanic but I'm keen to learn - I don't think I'm too old just yet.

    With our new property we became the proud owners of two MF tractors. A 3080 that will be the general purpose workhorse and a 135 that, while it still has to earn its keep, is also going to be the machine that I cut my teeth on.

    This post is about the 135.

    -mf135-jpg

    As far as I can determine, it's a 1968 model:

    -pf135plate-jpg

    I guess my problem is that I'm not sure where to start (probably, hunting down a manual would be a good place but sometimes there are books and guides that are better than the original manual?).

    It's tired, a bit tatty but it starts and runs well and I suspect that it's been reasonably well looked after - I checked the transmission fluid at the weekend and was pleased to see that, not only was it full, it was also clean and looked fairly new.

    So, where should a newbie start? What jobs/checks should I do immediately?

    Realistically, I'm not looking at a concourse makeover, my priority is to ensure that it continues to have a long and productive life.

    Any tips?

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    Default Re: Taking up the 135 challenge

    Start simple. Check the oil, antifreeze, air pressure in the tires, air filter etc. Tractor Supply and other farm supply stores sell basic service manual. MF 135s are relatively basic tractors. Ours is diesel is yours?

    If you spend much time in that seat, you will quickly find hat a replacement cushion is necessary if not a seat replacement. We put on one with spring suspension and arm rests. The foam doesn't cushion as well as the upholstered cushion because the upholstered cushion traps some air.

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    Sold the farm, sold the tractors, moved back to the city

    Default Re: Taking up the 135 challenge

    Step #1: get the factory manuals (operator, maintenance, parts) from AGCO--not that expensive
    Step #2: check the two weep holes on the bottom of the clutch cover. There may be a cotter pin in these holes (sometimes they're missing so use a small twist drill or piece of wire to ream the dirt out of these holes). Look for fluid leakage. A few drops is normal--larger flow may indicate a leaking rear main engine seal or a leaking transmission seal.
    Step #3: start the engine and observe the color of the exhaust smoke. Black: fuel system problem. Blue: oil leaking into the cylinders. White: coolant leak into the cylinders.
    Step #4: drain the fluids and check for oil in the coolant and coolant in the oil. Add new fluids.
    Step #5: remove and replace all the filters.
    You may have to recharge the battery and clean the connections to the starter to get the engine to crank.

    Good luck

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    Default Re: Taking up the 135 challenge

    You sure about the year? They sure make them different in England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerryW View Post
    So. apart from my introduction, this is my first post here.

    I'm no mechanic but I'm keen to learn - I don't think I'm too old just yet.

    With our new property we became the proud owners of two MF tractors. A 3080 that will be the general purpose workhorse and a 135 that, while it still has to earn its keep, is also going to be the machine that I cut my teeth on.

    This post is about the 135.

    <img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=301763"/>

    As far as I can determine, it's a 1968 model:

    <img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=301764"/>

    I guess my problem is that I'm not sure where to start (probably, hunting down a manual would be a good place but sometimes there are books and guides that are better than the original manual?).

    It's tired, a bit tatty but it starts and runs well and I suspect that it's been reasonably well looked after - I checked the transmission fluid at the weekend and was pleased to see that, not only was it full, it was also clean and looked fairly new.

    So, where should a newbie start? What jobs/checks should I do immediately?

    Realistically, I'm not looking at a concourse makeover, my priority is to ensure that it continues to have a long and productive life.

    Any tips?
    If your looking for a good source of hard to find items try ebay UK

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_tr...at=0&_from=R40

    I saw some service manuals and owners manuals there for sale. Since the European version of the 135 was sold in Australia I would just imagine parts are available there as well. I do know you can rebuild that tractor from a catalog. There are more parts made for your version than the U.S. version. The euro version was more road/street ready with rear view mirrors I closed cans, wipers turning signals, foot excelerator. They are nice tractors.

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    Guess I should have posted an Assie eBay link.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_tr...at=0&_from=R40

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    Default Re: Taking up the 135 challenge

    You may have a 68 model but it looks different than my 68. I don't have a pic of mine with all the sheet metal but I have the continental 4cyl gas. When I got mine I was thinking like you. However, I found it to be worn out and did a rebuild.

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    Default Re: Taking up the 135 challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    You sure about the year? They sure make them different in England.
    Codes show UK 1968 - 93305 - 117428
    Made in Covingtry, England

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    Default Re: Taking up the 135 challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by The kid View Post
    Codes show UK 1968 - 93305 - 117428
    Made in Covingtry, England
    I was looking at the air cleaner.

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    Default Re: Taking up the 135 challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    I was looking at the air cleaner.
    What you see sticking out of the hood is the precleaner. The actual air cleaner is under the hood.

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