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Posted: 4/24/2017 1:22:58 AM
   

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Hi all,  Today, all my Christmases came at once.  I have found and picked up the holy grail of Massey Collectors (in Australia anyway).  I mentioned in a previous post that a Challenger was only a wish and the likelyhood  of me finding one was almost impossible) - I knew of this tractor and actually drove it some 15 years ago, now i own it.  What a buzz!!! I no longer have a marriage or a new ensuit planned, but i have a challenger.  S/No 140349.   I have only heard of 1 other down under, but never seen.  Maybe John has some details of how many actually arrived donw here.  As you can see, it is very original and will stay that way.  It runs beautifully.  It has the lift mechanism as well. Cheers Buck

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Posted: 4/24/2017 1:39:20 AM
   

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Well done Buck,

What a lovely find and so complete and original in every way, especially those ultra rare rear steel wheels make it look the part, even the lugs look like new and complete with a set of manifold covers which so often got taken off and never put back on.

So what's next on your "wish list" now??, you seem to keep sniffing them out down under.

All the Best,

Malcolm.



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Posted: 4/24/2017 2:52:38 AM
   

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Hi Malcolm, yes, it is very original and complete and I know the full history. It has not done a lot of work, just scuffling around the peanut crops, hence the good condition of the lugs.  I'm looking at giving up it a oily rag finish, or penetrol, which should keep the decals and bring out the colour. There appears to be Nothing broken that I can see, apart from the steering wheel grips, which I can strengthen up.  I think that I now have all the Massey models that came over, with the exception of a 12/20.  I might have to keep looking for the Wallis end of the scale, I have a couple of 20/30's but none of the smaller models. I'll sniff them out, but when the funds recover. Regards. Buck.


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Posted: 4/24/2017 4:18:30 AM
   

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Buck,

Sorry I have no info on how many went down to Aus.  But what  beauty of a tractor with those ultra rare wide steel wheels.  I think I have only now seen 3 such examples including my own which is on a green wide front.  No mudguards but these were optional extars anyway so you are OK there.

Is the lift mechanism complete or just the crank mechanism on the PTO?  Any chance of a pic please.

Delighted that you will not be painting it.

And another thing those parafinn tractors whilst the norm over here are quite rare and very sought after in the USA

Well done!
John


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Posted: 4/24/2017 5:49:15 AM
   

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Hi John,  I'll see if I can post a photo from my iPad.  You may be able to enlarge it, but I can post better tomorrow.

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Posted: 4/24/2017 9:43:46 AM
   

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Buck,

Good to see so much of the original cream paint still visible on the rear wheel spokes, a bit of elbow grease and the oily rag treatment will reveal a lot of original colour and decals on that tractor.
Lift looks to be just the same as on 140146 here.

Malcolm.



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Posted: 4/24/2017 10:18:02 AM
   

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Thanks for that shot of the lift Buck.  I had hoped that you might have the complete lift assembly that fitted on the back but no such luck - you only have the crank mechanism off the pto!

John


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Posted: 4/24/2017 11:29:56 PM
   

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Great find Buck!!  Nice to be able to see and remember an old tractor like that and be able to go back years leter and actually be able to purchase it.  Get it running and have fun!!


Gary



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Posted: 5/16/2017 9:53:40 PM
   

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After a new radiator, cleaned fuel system, refit and tighten head gasket and a nice coat of preservative, the decals are still good, even the tyre chart on the lid of the tools box is still visible, the old girl is ready for her first show next weekend.

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Posted: 5/16/2017 11:18:10 PM
   

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Wow - what a difference!!!  Great to see the decals.  I really need to oil Drew's 44K up to see if there is any magic under its rust and dust!!

Gary


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