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1955 TO35 Paint Color

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Tommy Wise

02-16-2008 21:20:55

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I have what, according to the serial number, is a 1955 Ferguson TO35. However, the sheet metal is painted massey red, the decals on the side read "Massey Ferguson 35," and there is a MF badge on the front. The cast iron paint appears to be MF gray.
Has this tractor been repainted and rebadged, or did Massey-Harris-Ferguson produce the TO35 in 1955 with red/gray paint?
Thanks, Tommy

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02-18-2008 06:14:15

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 Re: 1955 TO35 Paint Color in reply to Tommy Wise, 02-16-2008 21:20:55  
Let me respectively correct Scott. I thinke his fingers may have typed too fast.

The 1955 TO-35 would have been Green and Gray. Green castings on the body and grey Sheet metal.

There are several Combinations of colors for the TO-35.

1955's Gray and Green
Very-very Few 1956 Cream and Green
1956-57 Cream and Silver
1958-59 Red and silver
1960-64 MF-35 badged red and silver.

Yes it is very possible that the tractor was re-painted it was often done to give the latest look and help sell old stock or by the consumer to have the latest color look. Sheet metal color and decals are not the best wat to date a tractor. Another possibility is that the orgional hood was replaced at some point.

What is the SN?
What is the background color of the badges? Front and side hood.
What is the height of the collar on the steering shaft, between the steering wheel and the dash?

What is the engine serial number?

These are some of the ways to ID the tractor date.

Another good one is to read the transmission casting date code. This code should be on the ledt side under the steering arm. it will read ##-letter-#.

It reads a day-month year. ie. 27-G-5 = 27 of July- 1955 and 17-C-7 = 17th March 1957.

Note the letter I was not used thus J=Sept and K=Oct. etc.

Hope this helps let us know. Also, please consider joining FENA it provides alot of good Ferguson information.


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Scott in Australia

02-18-2008 13:29:35

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 Re: 1955 TO35 Paint Color in reply to Jeff-oh, 02-18-2008 06:14:15  

Yes Tommy, it should have read Grey and Green!

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Tommy Wise

02-18-2008 12:29:38

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 Re: 1955 TO35 Paint Color in reply to Jeff-oh, 02-18-2008 06:14:15  
Jeff, thanks for the reply.

The SN is TO35 161136.
The engine SN is Z134 402282.
The only thing I can see on the transmission is "F95." Does that mean May 9, 1955?

The background color of the front badge is black. There are no other badges. The badge is a MF with the "wings" (one of which is broken).

The steering collar is 2.5 inches high.

I will note that, so far, I have found no evidence there was ever any green paint on the cast. There is, however, a coat of yellow paint BENEATH the gray.

Also, there is no place on the tin to mount headlights and I have found no brackets anywhere else where headlights may have been.

Thanks again for your help. (I downloaded the FENA application today--sounds like a great resource).

Tommy C. Wise

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Tommy Wise

02-18-2008 16:53:16

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 Re: 1955 TO35 Paint Color (Found green paint!) in reply to Tommy Wise, 02-18-2008 12:29:38  
Eureka!! I found green paint on the air cleaner/breather.

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Scott in Australia

02-17-2008 16:07:26

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 Re: 1955 TO35 Paint Color in reply to Tommy Wise, 02-16-2008 21:20:55  

If you really do have a 1955 TO-35 (i.e. it was made in Detroit and has a serial number between 140006 and 167156) then according to:

it should be Grey and Grey.

The Red and Grey colours started with the first FE-35s in UK in October 1956 and with the US-built TOs late in 1957.

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