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Re: 88 diesel

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tom upton

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My Dad bought a 88 diesel new in 1949. It did the majority of the work on our farms, and several others in the area for a lot of years. Dad did a fair bit of custom work with a Dion forage harvester behind it mostly cutting silage corn and filling silos. I believe it was the Massey dealer had a new "high horsepower" tractor out that they wanted to demo on the harvester one day, so they unhooked the 88 and put it on. I dont remember the model number, but I remember Dad saying the dealer figured it would make the Oliver look pretty sick! According to Dad the first gear they tryed it in stalled the tractor pretty much as soon as the corn hit the head. Low gear and 22 minutes later they got the wagon loaded. Dad claims he was putting load on in around 8 minutes with the 88. I dont think they sold any Masseys that day! In answer to your questions 88 diesel does have a great engine. I am not sure why you say the pumps where not good? As far as tire size I have seen both 26 and 30 inch on 88 standards so guess it was whatever option you wanted?

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