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Usually when something good happens to me, I keep quiet about it. Karma has a way of getting even. But, I’ve waited long enough to tell this story.

3 years ago I came across an old’ boy selling a 1066. The price seemed kinda low so I thought I’ll take a look but be weary. I went and looked at the tractor and it seemed to be everything he said in his ad, and some things he didn’t. It was a low hour (1800) cab tractor. Of course the doors and some of the glass was missing. Turns out, he got the tractor off of a local farmer who said the TA was going out. He had plans to replace the TA but never did. Occasionally, when you tried to move it, it would not budge. I walk around it, drive it a little, kicked the tires and low balled him. And he took it. I was nervous at this point but what could be worse than a bad TA. 
 

I loaded the old girl and drove home. When I went to unload it, it wouldn’t move. I messed with it awhile and finally pulled it off the trailer with another tractor. I backed it in the barn figuring I would get to it later. 
 

in the meantime, I did some checking, bought a shop manual and asked around for ideas on what could be causing the issue. To a person, everyone I asked said the TA was bad. Just for the heck of it, I decided to run all the pressure tests anyway. Everything checked out good, but it still wouldn’t move! 
 

At one point, I was crawled up under it and had my dad in the seat pushing the clutch and watching the little red light. Then, something caught my eye. When he released the clutch, the input shaft of the clutch assist moved, but the output shaft didn’t. So, I had him push the clutch in and out several times and got the same results. Now I’m thinking, if the clutch isn’t releasing, then it won’t move. I tore the clutch assist apart and in the spool found a little piece of metal probably an 1/8th inch square. I took the clutch assist to a local dealer and had them rebuild it. When I re-installed it, everything worked as it should. Tractor moved, TA worked. So I waited for the other shoe to drop. 
 

I have farmed with this tractor for 3 years now and other than needing the steering cylinder rebuilt,  and my brother running it out of fuel, it’s been a dandy. 
 

there is my story. 

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That's a great story with a happy ending!

DWF

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Nice to hear a happy ending. Doesn’t always work out like that. Sometimes when you gamble you actually win. Good for you. ?

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For the first time in my life I know that feeling. Hope I didn't just jinx it. The project tractor a MF1155 my son bought with hydraulic problems. After checking things out and called my old buddy with 40 years of Massey experience. He told me what he thought and he was close [ check for sticking valve or the spring needs shortened } I found someone had added a spring and shim to correct an unloading valve that needed to move more freely, not against more spring pressure. Works great feels nice to win one.

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You're lucky. 10 years ago I bought a cherry JD 5020 from a fast talking auctioneer, No I wasn't at an auction.  Big time buyers remorse.

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Excellent win right there. 

Tell me you knew about the big spring in the clutch assist.....and that it didn’t fly up and almost take your head off like mine did when I took one apart for the first time last spring.  Mine would drip oil when it as cold. O-ring kit fixed it right up. I’m not sure what there is to actually rebuilding one. I put it the parts that looked obvious. A washer or two, maybe a seal, and the dust boots. 

I knew there was a spring, even had my manual out. Had the snap ring out and was looking down at it wondering  what else needed to come apart....then sprrrrrannnng! 

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its good to hear about guys getting good deals , compared to guys ending up getting hosed , probably more getting hosed than good deals ,

 

nice score 

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Here it is doing what I bought it to do. I had a picture of the little piece of metal but I can’t find it. 

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On 6/10/2021 at 11:10 PM, stronger800 said:

Excellent win right there. 

Tell me you knew about the big spring in the clutch assist.....and that it didn’t fly up and almost take your head off like mine did when I took one apart for the first time last spring.  Mine would drip oil when it as cold. O-ring kit fixed it right up. I’m not sure what there is to actually rebuilding one. I put it the parts that looked obvious. A washer or two, maybe a seal, and the dust boots. 

I knew there was a spring, even had my manual out. Had the snap ring out and was looking down at it wondering  what else needed to come apart....then sprrrrrannnng! 

Well, it didn’t take long to learn about the spring! Honestly, I watched a few videos so I had an idea of what to expect. When I said they “rebuilt” it, the metal had scored some surfaces. I do not have a good way to clean those up so I let the dealer do that and put the kit in it. If I remember correctly, the kit for the clutch assist came with the MCV kit. It’s been a while and I could be wrong about that. 

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