Its good to see a bit more activity on here again, let's hope the glimmer of spring sunshine around the corner is bringing all the Massey Collectors out of winter hibernation.
I agree with John and Joe on the radiator hose frustration, over the years I have lost quite a few chunks of skin during this process on many of my tractors, From experience this job is better done in warmer weather when the rubber hose is more supple, if not put it into boiling water first, but then it soon cools down quickly by the time you've got it all in place.
I have been working on my single front Challenger for about two weeks now and yesterday was reminded of a frustrating simple job which can be so difficult to get back together and get one bolt in place.
Removing the gear lever from the gearbox to straighten the bent lever, put on a new rubber boot, re thread for a new knob and make a new gasket, then the hard bit comes in putting it back on the gearbox, making sure the lever is correctly in the selectors, then the hard part of compressing the selector spring onto the detent ball with the one centre bolt and pushing it down hard enough to get the threads of the bolt to start. If you have the fuel tanks off its easier for downward pressure.
Once I had to do this in the field when the lever jumped out of the selectors, it was one hell of a job getting the spring compressed and the bolt back in. with very little room to work.
Keep them coming any problem shared can hopefully be a problem solved by someone!!