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Massey Harris & Massey Ferguson Tractors Discussion Board

Re: Massey 1105 Pro Tune

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Posted by MF rules on March 16, 2013 at 19:42:33 from (

In Reply to: Re: Massey 1105 Pro Tune posted by WrenchRocker on March 14, 2013 at 10:40:03:

Good evening! In no way do I want to discourage you in your decision to power up your 1105 but just want you to be aware of three weak points that you'll possibly have problems with down the road after doing so. We bought a new 1135 in 1975 and owned it up until two years ago. We babied ours and anything needed fix got fixed with genuine Massey/agco parts ASAP! Got tired of working on the 1135 every year! Our 1135 ran really hot from the factory at 150hp.
Weak point #1.....head gaskets, we put four new head gaskets on ours! Planed the head, magnufluxed the head, copper coated the new gaskets and installed new bolts everytime with warming engine up and retorquing bolts and still couldn't hold a gasket on it.......we think it was due to high compression and running alot of horsepower???? We were gonna try switching to head studs like they used on the 1130 but decided to sell tractor instead!
Weak point #2......clutch system. Massey used a single disc dry clutch and if your not careful you can tear it up easily! We would put a clutch in ours every two years when we pulled a 16 row 7000 JD planter. The clutch disc pads are like brand new but it loosens the center rivets and eventually spins the centers out. Starting out with implement in ground is a big no-no! If he's using it as his primary tillage tractor male sure he lets the clutch out and while moving let the implement down into ground!!!!
Finally, weak point #3......cooling system. Massey skimped on the size of radiators in these tractors......cranking the horsepower up means more heat and I'm guessing its gonna run much warmer! Our 1135 would run between the green dot and black mark next to red. They really should have inter cooled these engines as they would have run much cooler! That's where JD had them beat with the 4430's and 4440's......they just run and run!
My recommendation for him would be to leave it alone and find a different tractor if he needs more power! We had nothing but issues one after another with our 1135 with high horsepower out of a 354 Perkins! If he's hooked on Massey tractors I'd recommend looking at a 1155 with the 540 v8. Lots of power, cheap to buy and much more dependable than a 1135/1105 with 354 Perkins.


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