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Checking oil levels in 1950 Farmall M

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11-05-2000 08:46:27

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Hello ; I am the proud onwer of a 1950 Farmall "M" , It is my first restoration project. I would like to know if someone will give me information on checking oil levels in engine transmission ect.

Thanks ,Hillbilly

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Bob R

11-05-2000 12:57:02

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 Re: Checking oil levels in 1950 Farmall M in reply to hillbilly, 11-05-2000 08:46:27  
You might want to get the operators manual . There is a lot of places that you would never guess to greese . Like the pilot bearing . You line the single mark of the crankshaft front pulley . Then give a couple shots of greese . Its interesting to know this is all in the manual .
Tricky or not ...
My opinion ...

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11-05-2000 21:27:36

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 Re: Re: Checking oil levels in 1950 Farmall M in reply to Bob R, 11-05-2000 12:57:02  
Thanks to all who posted an answer to my question about checking oil levels. I just got it home yesterday and don't yet have any manuals on it but I plan to get some soon.
Thanks, Hillbilly

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The Red

11-05-2000 09:12:51

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 Re: Checking oil levels in 1950 Farmall M in reply to hillbilly, 11-05-2000 08:46:27  
Congrats HB! On the engine oil pan, on the distributor side, there should be two oil gauge valves. The oil level should be maintained between these two valves. Open the lower one. If no oil drains out, then you need to add oil. The engine holds 8 quarts. Note there is a large 2 1/2 inch diameter filler cap that is right of the distributor assembly. That is where you add oil.

On the transmission, there is a side drain plug near the clutch pedal. If 90W pours out from this plug, the transmission is full. It holds 13 gallons of 90W. The filler cap is near the base of the steering wheel post.

On the oil bath air filter, there is a line on the cup which shows the proper level of oil.

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11-05-2000 10:29:50

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 Re: Re: Checking oil levels in 1950 Farmall M in reply to The Red, 11-05-2000 09:12:51  
Just to add to Red,If you need to drain the tranny the plug is located below the pto.BEst way to do it IMO is to park it with the front wheel uphill or jack up the front end.I keep my oil level in the engine at the top drain but others wil vary on where they keep theres.Just a little extra proetction.

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11-05-2000 12:01:48

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 Re: Re: Re: Checking oil levels in 1950 Farmall M in reply to RB, 11-05-2000 10:29:50  
Like RB I like to check the oil each time and be sure it is at the top plug - if not I add either Marvel Mystery Oil or the regular oil I use, alternating each time. Figure the oils are cheap and being a 50+ year old engine that at times I put to heavy work, to me I feel better.
I also add the marvel mystery to the gas also.

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