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Massey Ferguson 65


The MkI Massey Ferguson 65 was introduced in 1957 with a 50.5 horse power 4 cylinder Perkins engine. 21,378 of these tractors were manufactured, before the MkII was introduced in 1960 with an increase in power to 56.8 h.p. 13991 standard MkII’s were built before the introduction of the MkII Multi-Power in 1962, of which a further 15,687 were made.


“This tractor belongs to John McAndrew, and is in show condition.  Hopefully ours will look like this in time.”

 The relatively small production numbers of these tractors (in comparison to the MF35 or TE20) is now making them quite collectable. There have been several tractors making around £10,000 in 2008 and Vintage Tractor Engineer believes that prices will continue to slowly rise in the future. One difficulty with restoring a ‘65 is finding a replacement bonnet, so always look for an example with a good bonnet if possible.
We have just bought a MkI 65 serial number SNY 519642, with 8466 hours on the clock. It has a dual clutch, diff-lock and has been recently painted (although it’s only a poor paint job, done by the previous owner). Overall condition of the tractor isn’t too bad and the bonnet is very good indeed, with no rust and no dents. It has recently had a new battery, starter motor, seat and water hoses, but it does still require quite a lot of mechanical repairs before it can be repainted. As you can see from the pictures, the safety start switch isn’t wired up, the whole wiring is a mess and the regulator box isn’t on its’ mountings.



There are oil leeks all over, the wings are nearly rusted through, clutch pedal needs adjusting, oil leeking from the steering box, replacement tin-work needed at the front, re-chroming of the bonnet catches and throttle lever etc. etc. Also the brakes (like on most 65’s) don’t work at all and need repairing. It looks like we are going to be busy with this tractor, but at the end of the day we will add a lot of value to the tractor by the time we are finnished. Take a look at the photos below.






steve says:

January 6th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
i like the look of your mf65 ive just found a similar one on a farm which is in a bad state on the good side is shes a runner on the bad no brakes at all the body panels are rotten and the rear mud gaurds are off a 165 and im in to minds to buy her as a prodject i must be mad lol would love to see what yours looks like when shes done. steve

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9 Responses to “Massey Ferguson 65”

  1. We are rebuilding various systems on what, to this point, we had refferred to as a MF 65. We do not know the model year. Looks like there are three editions. The meachanic tells me it is the later edition. So, I guess that I have a Mk II or a Mk II multi-power. What I need is a wiring diagram for this tractor. I suppose I should get all three to be certain that I have the proper reference. How do I get these diagrams? Keith Faulkner 256.955.6313

    • Keith Faulkner
  2. i have a mf 65 i love the thing it is a true work horse but the front and rear main seal are leaking unknowing what kind of seal was on it i split it apart at rear to replace but found out its a “rope seal” now i have the tractor apart and cannot get the thing lined up any pointers cause im lost and have spent all day today trying to get it back together . anyone have any idea what im doing wrong?

    • john
  3. i own one mf 65 and it is a very strong tractor

    • goran
  4. to john
    have you fixed it

    • jon
  5. I have a 65 utility I have the tractor split to do the rear main seal I have a clutch alignment tool to put it back together then it’s on to replace the seals in the rear replace the brakes and fix the interlock on the differential it will not engage when the wheels spin. The arms on the three point hitch don’t lift is the pump on the inside the same as the T30 and is the rebuild procedure the same.

    • Garry
  6. Hi Gary,

    Should be the same as the MF35 hydraulics.


    • Vintage Tractor Engineer
  7. hi massey fergusson perkins 3cyl & 4cyl used engine shart motor needed plzzz contact me i am waiting for your response

    • waseem abbbas
  8. need to know where to connect tachometer cable to eng. or trans. on mf 65

    • john
  9. John the tach goes on the back of generator.

    • todd
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