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Tractor Link Arms Will Not Lower

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Your link arms will not lower.  It’s a frustrating problem.

We commonly associate hydraulic problems with poor pump performance and reduced or slow lift capacity.  However, we get quite a number of people reporting that their link arms won’t lower.

We’ve had an email from the owner of a Massey Ferguson 35 who has this problem, so […]

By |February 7th, 2014|Hydraulics, MF35 FE35 TO35|1 Comment

Massey Ferguson 500 Series Wiring Diagrams

These wiring diagrams are for the 500 series Massey Ferguson tractors.

MF550, MF565, MF575, MF590

Click the link below to download the pdf wiring diagram…

MF500 Series Wiring Diagrams

The first diagram is of the main wiring. The second diagram is for the lights and warning lights wiring.

The electrical systems of these tractors are negative earth and charged by […]

By |January 14th, 2014|MF 500 series, Tractor Electrics|0 Comments

23C Fuel Injection Pump, Aligning The Circlip

The Question
We’ve had a query about aligning the letter G against the circlip mark when timing the fuel injection pump on the 23C engine.  Bob has followed the 23C Engine Rebuild DVD and notes that on the DVD it shows the circlip mark on the lower side of the clip gap.  However, Bob’s tractor has […]

By |January 14th, 2014|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|0 Comments

23C Air Cleaner Oil Level

We sometimes like to re-visit previous topics.  This is a discussion from the forum about the oil bath air cleaner oil level.  VTE has a few bits of information to add at the end of this article…



I have never been very clear as to how much oil should be put in the oil container […]

By |December 12th, 2013|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|0 Comments

Clutch Squeal

Tom has recently refurbished the engine on his 3 cylinder MF35.  However, after replacing the clutch assembly with a new one he has experienced a squeal.  This is what Tom said…
‘ The clutch is producing a quiet but definite squeal when the clutch pedal is depressed. I set the two-stage pto adjuster nuts as per […]

By |October 29th, 2013|Ferguson / MF, MF35 FE35 TO35|1 Comment

Photos Of Dash

Michael has a 1962 MF35, but unfortunately all the plates and badges have been removed from the dashboard at some point in the tractor’s life.  We already have some photos of the decals for various different tractors (a 1962 tractor, MF35 Decals and Badges, Dave’s tractor, Jeff’s tractor, external link to Per’s tractor), but we […]

By |October 15th, 2013|MF35 FE35 TO35|1 Comment

CAD Drawing, Bracket For Hydraulic Top Cover Removal, MF35

Removing the hydraulic top cover on the MF35 (or any other tractor) is not an easy task, as the cover is quite heavy.  To help facilitate this Vintage Tractor Engineer has drawn a to scale sketch and added phtotos.



A number of people have used the drawings to manufacture their own bracket which has made the […]

By |October 3rd, 2013|Hydraulics, MF35 FE35 TO35|0 Comments

German “Gold Belly” Restored To “as new” Condition

One thing Vintage Tractor Engineer has learnt over the past few years is that tractor enthusiasts in northern Europe are crazy about the gold/grey FE35’s…


Two and a half years ago logistics manager Gunter Birth started the beginning of a busy relationship with a tractor. The machine that chugged now and then through his village was […]

By |March 14th, 2013|MF35 FE35 TO35|3 Comments