Posted by WellWorn on April 01, 2014 at 13:55:56 from (220.127.116.11):
In Reply to: MF 70 posted by GregBMF on April 01, 2014 at 00:09:50:
I am not familiar with an MF 70, but am somewhat with the 65. My I &T service manual lists the 50, 65, 88 and 90, but not a 70, so anything I propose is possibly only conjecture, though because Massey seems to have tended to keep things fairly consistent between models of similar size...
I assume it is a 3 speed transmission, with a High/N/Low shifter on the right of the transmission cover, and that 'range' shifter isn't working in High, correct? Or does this model have a lever on the dash marked high and low? If so, it's a Multi-Power, and the issues with those have been well documented on the board here.
If it isn't a Multi-Power, it is possible that the splines of the transmission input shaft have gotten stripped, but more likely that the linkage from the range lever to the planetary pack at the transmission input has sheared a pin on the shift fork.
Either way, if there isn't a lot of metal debris circulating in the transmission, and if it currently works in 'low', it will probably keep working that way without further problems.
Before I were to tender an offer on it, I'd pull the drain plug on the transmission first (with a 5 gallon bucket in place and another right behind it) to check for metal. The drain plug should have a magnet on it, and anything more than a few fine flakes is likely a bigger problem waiting to happen. There would be no way to tell the full extent without pulling the transmission cover.
There are some folks here who probably have dealt with that exact problem, and who would know more than I can guess.
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