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Re: MF 285 engine rebuild

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DavidP, South Wales

12-02-2013 14:05:37

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My info agrees with Evan in that all 1080 and 1085 models had a rope seal. USA-made 285's with the A4.318 and A4.318.2 engines had a black nitrile lip seal. Part number is 2418F475.

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Roy in UK

12-05-2013 01:02:54

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 Re: MF 285 engine rebuild in reply to DavidP, South Wales, 12-02-2013 14:05:37  
David, Is there much difference between the 318 and 318.2? I presume the latter is an improved version of the former. Did they manage to cure the notorious head gasket blowing proclivities of that engine? I seem to remember Massey sort of "gave up" on that engine when they replaced the 698 with the 698T. I have just been reading an excellent and very entertaining book by David Walker called "Inside Massey Ferguson" . He mentions the problems of the A4.318 fitted to the 1080/ 595 quite a lot. One of the funniest parts of the book though is when he talks about a tractor driver in Africa, who destroyed the engine in his 135 by replacing the dirty oil in the air cleaner with fresh new clean dry sand!

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12-02-2013 17:19:26

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 Re: MF 285 engine rebuild in reply to DavidP, South Wales, 12-02-2013 14:05:37  
Thanks guys.
Yep, the rebuild kit came with a lip seal also and I have that already installed. I didn't know if this rope seal was used for something other than the crankshaft.

Dieseltech, unless you are describing something different, I will toss the rope seal.

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