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'59 MF 50 Help

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04-18-2000 12:14:38

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I am thinking of buying this tractor and would like to have some of your experience with it. It is a 1959 MF 50, it has a gasoline engine, the loader controls leak down but it works, the governor needs replaced as per seller, the front tires and one rear rim needs replaced, the paint is faded and rust is showing. It has power steering, the clutch is strong, the brakes work, all the gears work, It has live PTO, live hydraulics, and is rated at 33 hp. ~ $3000 ~ Please tell me honestly what I am getting into.

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John Fugit

06-13-2003 05:34:37

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 Re: '59 MF 50 Help in reply to Jim, 04-18-2000 12:14:38  
Just a quick thought on the turf tires. I am the maint. supt. at a country club. We use several tractors. One of which is a loader tractor. All of the dedicated "grass cutters" have turf tires. The loader tracktor uses industrial tread tires. They wear very good, provide substancially more traction than turf tires, and aren't quite as aggressive as ag tires, therefore don't tear up the grass as bad. Older tractors don't quite look the same with turf tires. The ind. tread will still give you the "look" simalar to an ag tire.

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04-19-2000 08:46:30

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 Re: '59 MF 50 Help in reply to Jim, 04-18-2000 12:14:38  
Does anyone know the HP rating of this tractor? I have seen PTO, Drawbar and engine. I was told this tractor is gas and rated at 33 HP. Any insight is greatly appreciated!!

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11-02-2001 19:16:15

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 Re: Re: '59 MF 50 Help in reply to Jim, 04-19-2000 08:46:30  
I've been look at an MF50 gas engine tractor also. I don't know what year it is but I was told by the seller that it is 41 HP.

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04-18-2000 14:04:20

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 Re: '59 MF 50 Help in reply to Jim, 04-18-2000 12:14:38  
I would find out if much more than the governor will need work on the engine. A compression check and oil pressure check will help decide that. Also, see if the radiator looks like it's on its last legs, or if the water pump is leaking when the engine is running and warmed up.

If I remember right, the front end may have to come off to get the governor changed out, but the tractor wouldn't have to be split to do it.

Assuming that all checks out and either you need the loader or the guy won't separate them, then $3000 would be about right for something that appears that could be put right for a few hundred bucks. I'd guess the loader cylinders probably need fresh seals. That, and two new tires and a rim might go something like $250 or so. The governor will be about $80 plus a day or so of putting it in.

If the engine is on its last legs, it's gonna take about $500 worth of parts minimum to go through it, plus your time and trouble if you do it, or somebody else taking several days of shop time. If that's what it looks like, either walk away, or if you think it's what you want anyway, maybe tell him $2000 or so.

I bought a very similar rig, had the guy take off the loader, and later had to go through the engine. Still don't regret it.

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04-18-2000 15:06:26

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 Re: Re: '59 MF 50 Help in reply to B.C., 04-18-2000 14:04:20  
Thanks! I need the loader, and it is the control valves that are leaking. Not that it matters. I appreciate the time you took to answer my questions. I was thinking around $2200 -$2400 because the guy will deliver it, even though it is around 1 hour from me! Is this tractor prone to any types of other problems? I would love to rebuild the engine with a 'Super' kit, get new tires and wheels and paint it all!
By the way, has anyone used the 'Turf Tires'? I am thinking about those due to high yard use, but it will also spend most of its time in the field.

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04-18-2000 17:35:49

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 Re: Re: Re: '59 MF 50 Help in reply to Jim, 04-18-2000 15:06:26  
That series of transmissions has been known to stick in either 1st or rev, but the fix is easy and there are a bunch of posts on that.

Obviously, if you can get it for 2400 or so, go for it. If not, you still probably won't lose money on. Those things are pretty practical.

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04-18-2000 18:54:20

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: '59 MF 50 Help in reply to B.C., 04-18-2000 17:35:49  
Thank you ! I bought it for $2600 delivered! Wish me luck!

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Fargo - Ask Gerald J. about the Continental Engines.

04-19-2000 08:26:49

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: '59 MF 50 Help in reply to Jim, 04-18-2000 18:54:20  

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Jim - Gerald J.??

04-19-2000 11:06:20

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: '59 MF 50 Help in reply to Fargo - Ask Gerald J. about the Continental Engines., 04-19-2000 08:26:49  
Who is Gerald and what does he say about the Continental engine?

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