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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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