Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

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Re: Farmall MV

Postby LA Eric » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:09 pm

Mounted the replacement manifold and reinstalled everything else I removed from the tractor. Adjusted the valves cold as best as possible, filed points and checked timing. New battery connections and battery. Cranked and SHE RAN :{_}: :{_}: Here is a video taken within the 1st 5 seconds of her running. It ran like this for about 5 minutes are so, started sputtering and stopped. Started troubleshooting and found that the points were burnt. They weren't in the best shape to begin with. It has a WICO magneto on it. Not sure if I want to put a distributor (which I have) on it or leave and rebuild the magneto.

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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby RaymondDurban » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:24 pm

Good deal! :{_}:
I vote for the Wico, only because you don't see them everyday. Just another oddity for a low production tractor.
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby Bob Perry » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:28 pm

You da man Eric !!! Musta been a good feeling to hear it run !!! (I'm on a work computer and they've got YouTube blocked!) Not that I ever watched YouTube at work.
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby bob in CT » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:30 pm

These old beasts never cease to amaze me. 8)
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby LA Eric » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:25 pm

I'm thinking that I will rebuild the magneto. Sure was happy to hear her run! Been working every free minute I had over the last week to get to this point. Glad I took all the steps I did.Taking 3 days vacation off work did help though. Now I need to get a steering shaft and wheel and a throttle plate assembly. I also need to change a seal on the right side of the transmission as it is leaking. Engine seems strong. Excellent oil pressure with no smoke.
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby Super A » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:01 pm

Good deal, glad it is running! If it was me I would find an IH H4 mag for it. I don't think they ever offered a Wico mag from the factory. Also IMO the IH mag looks prettier too!

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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby LA Eric » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:24 pm

Today I installed the new points and condenser in the mag. Now we are rolling! Tranny, lift and clutch all good. A little more fine tuning to do, a seal or two, and I think this baby will be ready for paint :{_}: A true miracle!! A good used steering wheel, shaft, and throttle plate will be here this week. I also might add that steering something this big with a vice grip pliers wasn't the easiest :lol:

Not the best video, but here is another.
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby LA Eric » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:43 pm

The next phase of this project will include the restoration of a cane wagon. I was able to track down one of my grandfather's old wagons that was used with the MVs.
This picture (Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society) was taken not too far from here back in 1943. The wagon directly hitched to the MV is one just like it. Notice how they taper up in the back, probably to stop the cane from falling out. On the wagon I have, the 'spikes" along the top rails of the wagon were cut off, but I will get some fabricated and welded on. These wagons were produced locally by Thomson International Machinery in Thibodaux, LA 15 miles from my house. Before cane was put in these wagons, the workers would lay two chains across. The wagon was loaded the then the chains were tied off. The cane derrick operator would then hook the chain to the boom and with the help from a couple guys who would guide the load, unload the trailer. Notice the two people in the photo pulling to guide the load of cane. A setup like the one pictured once resided in front of where my house is, but that is long gone.

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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby RaymondDurban » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:15 pm

Looking good! That old pic is neat, and cool that you could find one of your grandfathers old wagons.
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby Harold R » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:32 pm

That's a great project you've taken on.......especially from the historical perspective. Hopefully you'll have it a Buddy's next spring.
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby BJ Moretz » Thu Jun 27, 2013 3:39 pm

Nice Job. ! Thanks for the updates !
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby LA Eric » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:55 pm

Still making progress on the MV little by little. I found this nice 2 row cane cultivator to mount on it. Cant wait to put this thing in the dirt. Been doing some traveling lately throughout cane country trying to find implements for it. Met several nice old guys who are trying to help me out.

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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby Mr E » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:15 pm

Way to go, Eric. Can't wait to see it.
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby Boss Hog » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:22 pm

Eric, that is a great tractor, dont know how I missed this
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Re: Farmall MV UPDATE: RUNNING!!

Postby LA Eric » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:32 pm

Well after looking everywhere for tools, I found a guy who had a lot of stuff I thought I would never find. Made 2 loads and going back for 1 more this week :{_}: :{_}:

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CIU-19 Two-row cultivator unit. Has the special equipment CIU-27 guide lever attachment for a person to sit and operate the levers. The seat that mounts on it is missing, but will be an easy fix. The square bar with the arch was replaced with a straight one, but the guy was able to get me a bar with the arch so I can switch them out.

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CIU-16 one row plow attachment with CIU-13 Capper and CIU-14 Rolling Colter. This was used to bust the cane row open. The levers for the gauge wheels are missing but should not be too hard to make. You can also attach the left and right hand plows to bar off the cane row. Hopefully I can find those plows. Book specs say colter disc should be 22". It still measures 22" so I guess it was not used much!

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CIU-12 One row chopper

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2 spoke wheels for my cane wagon. It only had one spoke wheel left on it and it was a little oversized, so now with these two I am all set.
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Picked up several other small things and several sets of toolbar arms to mount all of these tools to the tractor! Going back for more Friday :P :P
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