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Here are some pictures of the narrow front I made for the massey. It is based on the design I saw on another converted tractor. The massey frame is basically a flat side up channel iron about 1 1/2 deep. I welded a 1 inch shaft down from the underside of the channel iron. I welded a 2 inch wide by 3/8 thick plate with a 1 inch hole in it across the bottom edges of the channel iron and to the 1 inch shaft to give it support. This shaft is long enough to go through the heavy wall pipe almost all the way to the axle. A piece of 1 inch I.D. heavy wall pipe slides over this shaft to support the axle and the arm for the tie rod to fasten to. The length is made to fit the tires under the frame. The heavy wall pipe is drilled crossways 1 inch from the bottom with a 5/8 hole for the axle to pass through. A large washer is welded at the top of the pipe to provide a bearing surface for a brass washer between that washer and the frame. A piece of 1 inch by 3/8 bar stock is welded near the top of the pipe in line with the axle on the right hand side of the pipe. The tie rod to the steering gearbox has a bend in it to clear the frame and reach the front end. The dimensions were figured out based on the total travel of the arm on the steering gearbox and how far I wanted the front wheels to turn. I made the bar stock 3 inches long with the hole for the tierod 1/2 inch from the end. A 3/8 bolt with a large washer and a spacer are put in place next to the large flat washer on top of the pipe to prevent the pipe from sliding off the shaft. I make no recomendations or guarrenties on this modification. [img] /club2/attach/tractormike/IMG_0385.JPG [/img] [img] /club2/attach/tractormike/IMG_0389.JPG [/img] [img] /club2/attach/tractormike/IMG_0397.JPG [/img] I also decided to paint the rim centers red to match the farm tractors. Here is the latest picture of the tractor. [img]/club2/attach/tractormike/IMG_0394.JPG [/img]

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The front rims are wheel barrow rims with the center hub shortened up to be just past flush with the outer edge of the rim. The front tires are 4.00x6 tri ribs from tucker tire. The rear tires are 6.70x15 inch ag tread tires from old small irrigation booms. The rear rims are space saver spare tire rims from a dodge caravan. You have to trim out the center flange of the caravan rims with a torch but the bolt pattern is the same as the 5 bolt garden tractor hubs and they bolt right up. I am using this same basic setup for my narrow front B-10 project. I had wanted to see if it would work with the massey before I modified one of my Allis Chalmers. The narrow front is welded to the massey but it is going to be all bolt on to the B-10. The massey made it to 6 shows last year, it made for a lot of conversations.

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