Hydraulic steering on my MF 1655

MacWorld

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This post is only a teaser for an upcoming project I'll do and post the progress of!

I bought those yesterday, been looking for a fair price for a while and decided to buy those at 150$ US for the column and 130$ US for the cylinder. They come from a JD 318.
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Obviously I have to wait for them to get to me in Canada and then to have enough time to work on this, hopefully (I can dream, right?) I'll have the setup working before I need to use my snowblower!

Currently I plan on installing the cylinder at the same spot as the rod from the steering box to the pivot arm on the front axle. I want to avoid applying torque to the axle as MF's do not have stoppers as JD do for the front/back movement of the axle. I might have to make a custom pivot arm as to match the travel of the cylinder with the travel available from the steering box.

As with most of my projects I'll try integrating all of this without modifying the original parts of my tractor. I do not mind modifying the column to shorten it but I'll try to avoid modifying the cylinder as to keep it easily replaceable.

It will be a nice project and a nice addition to my 1655!
 

olcowhand

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I mounted my cylinder right on the front of the axle beam to do away with any play. I welded a mount bolt onto the right side of the beam, then redone the arm off the left spindle out the front. I'll try to get a pic. It works fantastic.
 

MacWorld

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I would like to see your setup but I think I won't be able to do the same, my quick hitch bracket comes really close to the axle beam
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olcowhand

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I was wrong on the power steering cylinder being on the front side, that was on my Bush Hog "Hogzilla". The cylinder on my Massey 1655 is actually mounted directly on the bottom of the axle beam, and the ram that connects to the cylinder just equals to the front of the axle beam mainframe as pics show.
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chieffan

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You want to be sure that both the steering unit and the cylinder a good andone leak before you put in on the tractor. Those rebuild kits are not that expensive and for safety sake and trouble i would just have it rebuilt.
 

MacWorld

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You want to be sure that both the steering unit and the cylinder a good andone leak before you put in on the tractor. Those rebuild kits are not that expensive and for safety sake and trouble i would just have it rebuilt.
Where should I search for rebuild kits? I searched a bit and the kit seems to be am107078 at ~100$ US, is that correct? For a kit of seals that seems expensive?
 

chieffan

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I got the kit for a Cub, same as JD and others off ebay for around $90. I believe these were Ross units. Lot of little parts in the kit. I didn't put it in, had an IH mechanic do that. The cylinder was a weld up unit. Ground the weld down and used a thin cut off wheel to finish it. Standard size seal on the ram. Made sure the seal was on the opposite end of the cylinder when we welded it shut. Clamped it together to keep it straight. Cold water rags on both sides of the weld to help cool it. Turned out ok. No leaks and worked great. I didn't do the welding either.
 

MacWorld

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Parts received! Now we'll (I'm including my self as I have no clue ahha) have to figure out when I will have time to work on this!

At least lately I figured that my Ridgid 445R flaring tool I've bought (used but near-new) for the tubes for my mini-splits A/C can do the flares for the 3/8 steel tubes on my MF 1655! I was borrowing the tool of the hydraulic supply shop where I buy my fittings/hoses from. I looked and it's a Ridgid 458 which also makes 45° flares, JIC requires 37° but so far I never had any leaks with the 45° flares therefore I'll be able to use my tool and no longer have to borrow theirs. I'll have to make at least 10 more flares (5 tubes) for this project, it will be way faster having the tool in hand!
 
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