Hi, I am hoping someone can help me! I have my deceased father inlaws massey 55 diesel tractor. It was his first tractor and he bought it new in 1955/56. He used it all of his life and it was his baby. It did it's last field work in 1992. From about 1980 on the wiring for the electric starter went to hell and he used to park it on a small rise in the yard and roll start it when he needed it. I watched him do this many times and it usually would start in about 10 to 15 feet of travel. When he retired he kept the tractor and parked it in running condition in his back yard in 1999. A few years later, he found one of the neibourhood boys filling up the fuel tank with earth from his garden. That boy is lucky to be alive today I can tell you! He took the fuel tank off and had it cleaned. This opened up the fuel system to air. He told me that a field hand had run this same tracter out of fuel once, and that the 55's were a real bear to start again, and that it took three days of fiddling to get her going again. There are no mechanical issues with this tractor, and no adjustments have been made to her arrangements beyond cleaning, and reinstalling the fuel tank. We have towed her around the yard on several occassions, but have not been able to get her to start. There has to be air in the system someplace.
My question is, does anyone know the proper sequence for bleeding the fuel system for a massey 55 diesel with a bosh fuel pump?
I have an old d315 & a d318 pair of cat gen sets which I use every day in my work. Grand old grrrl's they are, and if they run out of fuel, which has happened on occassion over the last twenty years, i have no trouble bleeding the air out of the system to get them going again! But the 55 has me stumped.
Hoping to hear something good. Mike