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MF 1105 Repowered With Fox Engine
Louis Giesting added 40 hp to his Massey Ferguson 1105 when he switched engines. Repowered and cleaned up, the 1105 is back in the field again and working better than ever with its Fox engine.
"I bought the 1105 with about 5,000 hours on it, but it hadn't been used for at least three years," says Giesting. "The previous owner said he didn't know how good the engine was, and we found out. It blew a head gasket after 30 hours of use."
When Giesting opened the engine, he saw more trouble than it was worth. Instead of rebuilding, he and his brother Allen and a friend, Adam Nobbe, decided to swap engines. Since quitting dairying a few years ago, the Giesting's 6200 Fox forage harvester sat unused.
"We had about 1500 hours on it over 11 seasons," explains Giesting. "We replaced the clutch and pressure plate, had the radiator cleaned by a professional radiator shop and had new paint applied."
In addition to the newly refurbished engine and radiator, the three men gave the 1105 a major renovation. An after market cab was removed, the front end was taken off and the tractor split. The lighting system was rewired.
"The Fox engine only needed a set of rings and seals," says Giesting. "The biggest problem was modifying the oil pan. We also needed to do some work on the bell housing, but otherwise it went right in."
A few added touches included new tires, a straight pipe for exhaust and a set of used fenders.
"We cleaned up the old sheet metal and repainted it," says Giesting. "We are getting a canopy for it from a salvage yard and a few other things to dress it up. It works really well, and we will be using it heavily this spring."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Louis Giesting, 24107 Pocket Rd., Batesville, Ind. 47006 (ph 812 934-2279).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #5