Massey Harris 44 Row Crop

This old classic 1951 Massey Harris tractor is from the old Loewenstein family farm, formerly located on Route 32, just south of Norwich, New York. Family members saved their favorite tractors from the auction block in 2005, and this Massey Harris tractor was the second to be restored by a Loewenstein son. The first tractor, restored in 2006, was a John Deere B.

The first Massey Harris tractor appeared in 1946. It was followed a year later by the 44 Row Crop version. In 1948, a diesel standard was introduced, followed the next year by a diesel row crop version. Production ended in 1955.

Before any sandblasting or painting will be done on this tractor, all mechanical issues must be addressed. Once a tractor is painted, the last thing you want to do is to have to take a wrench to it and scar the beautiful paint.

The tractor had many oil leaks, including the rear main seal, transmission input shaft seal. All fluids and filters were changed and the cooling system was flushed.

The Zenith Carburetor was rebuilt, and the tractor was tuned up with new plug wires. The wiring was old, like the rest of the tractor, so it was replaced, along with a new water pump and steering wheel. Finally, the steering gear end play and backlash were adjusted, the gear box was greased, the oil pump screen was cleaned, and the radiator was repaired.

This photo shows the tractor and engine after the removal of the paint and a pressure washing.

This picture was taken after the clear coat was sprayed on the fenders.