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Old 06-24-2020, 02:31 PM
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I have this old Massey Ferguson backhoe (1979) that I have not started for several years. I'd like to get it going again but know very little about diesels. So, I'm posting today to see if there is anything I should be looking out for when I go to start it. I checked the fuel and it looks like and smells like diesel fuel. I don't see anything floating around in the tank. The fuel in the clear sight bowl at the fuel filter looks OK. I'm thinking I should drain the fuel in the injection pump? Oh ya, it's a 4 cyl. Perkins

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At this point I'm not sure if the engine turns freely. I'd put a wrench on the crank pulley but it's buried up in and behind a bunch of stuff. So, being the lazy fool I am, I figured I'd just use the starter.

Once I get it started I plan to pull and reseal any of the hydraulic cylinders that are leaking and then hopefully I can use it for a landscaping project on the West side of our home.

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Old 06-24-2020, 02:36 PM
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Old 06-24-2020, 03:38 PM
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if there`s anything oil related and diesel in it, I would start it.
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Old 06-24-2020, 06:24 PM
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I'd change the fuel filter, check the oil levels and start it. If it doesn't start give it shot of starting fluid. Don't be surprised when it fires right off and you're in business.
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Old 06-24-2020, 08:00 PM
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I wouldn't worry about changing the fuel filter yet. No need to get any air in the system. Check the air filter and make sure there are no nests from birds or mice. If it doesn't start right up crank it over until you get smoke out of the exhaust the spray with a little bit of starting fluid not a lot. After you get it running then change motor oil and filter and fuel filters. Good luck.
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Old 06-24-2020, 10:06 PM
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Thanks Guys, Sounds like I'll be giving it a go tomorrow. Also sounds like there's much less to be concerned about than a gas engine.
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Old 06-25-2020, 07:38 AM
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Id have a way to smother the air intake just in case it decided to run away when it starts. Have seen a few do that when the pump would stick. Not common, but does happen.
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Check the oil and coolant then hit the starter, without starting fluid, see what happens.
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Ya, diesel motors park well. It might just start right up.
A trick I use when a tractor has sat for quite a while is, I unscrew the oil drain plugs on the engine, transmission and rear-end, and be ready to screw it back in quickly. Any water that has snuck into each segment will have separated from the oil and will be sitting on the bottom waiting for you to pull the drain plug. Pure, drinkable water will rush out first, then a little bit of sluggy oil, then good clean oil. This is when you can [messily] screw the drain plug back in.
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I put a deep cycle battery in it today and got it to turn over. Then it all started coming back to me. It needed a starter or at least a rebuild to the starter that's in it. I pulled the battery out of my plow truck and jumped it to the other for some extra oomph. I got it to spin OK but not as fast as I'd like to see it go. Anyway, after some messing around I remembered there's a primer lever on the lift/fuel pump. So, using that and got the air out of the injection pump then I ran out of time. Tomorrow I'll get to bleeding the lines up to the injectors. Unfortunately, I don't think there's going to be anyway around fixing the issue with the starter. Mercurymac; believe it or not I know that trick and I did get maybe a 1/4 cup of water plus 1/2 cup of oil all over my hand. Bama, that's a good idea and since I have the air filter element out anyway I'm going to get shop towel ready just in case. BTW anyone know a good source for a starter/parts for this thing?
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