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Old 12-09-2018, 05:20:41 AM
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Hi, Have just acquired a Massey Harris 744 with Perkins P6 engine. I am looking for information regarding servicing the brakes and also looking for an instruction/service manual. I would also be interested in finding out the date of it as this one has some different features to another 744 I have worked on. It is in reasonable condition and the engine runs well although has an occasional small miss on one cylinder.
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Try Steve at Plough book sales .
002686 Massey Harris 744D & 745 hydraulic equip. manual 1954 (photocopy), 38 pages, $25.00
015364 Massey Harris 744D & 745 hydraulic equip. Parts List 1954 (photocopy), 43 pages, $32.00
001846 Massey Harris 744D (Perkins) operators & workshop manual 1951 (p/copy), $28.00
002416 Massey Harris 744D Parts List 1952 (photocopy), $45.00
012302 Massey Harris 744D Perkins P6(TA) Mk. 3N Engines parts book from ser. no. 3025667 onwards (photocopy), 50 pages, $28.00
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Crikey. How straight is that tractor?
It seems to be in very good nick Nathan. Great find.

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Agreed, very tidy example. Spent some time as a lad in the Southern WA wheatbelt seeding and harvesting on one of those. Good honest machine.
Check the bolts fastening the belly casting to the front of the transmission. They tend to work loose and a failure can be a bit disastrous.
Keep us informed of progress with the old gal. Regards,
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It certainly is in good original condition. Thank you Combustor I will make sure I check those bolts. I got the brakes apart today to see why they were not working at all. One side was seized on but had no drag. it happened to have some water in it which is why it had seized on. The other side is full of grease and gunk which I assume it should not be which is why it did not have any hope of slowing the tractor. I have not worked on tractor brakes before so am in uncharted territory. I think it should be straight forward to replace the brake lining but not sure what I need to check or do to the drums the brakes work against or how the drums come off for that matter.
Any help or tips about the brakes would be much appreciated.
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Nice find Nathan,
It looks like the brake drums have to be wound off using those 2 bolt holes if they are threaded. BUT, be very careful as it looks as if it is stuck on the centre hub. Maybe just a clean up on the drums, it is not a high speed tractor for the next Bathurst race so they should be ok. As for all that grease. You need to find the source of where it is coming from and solve that issue. New linings should be an easy find through a brake place or a tractor spare parts seller. All you need to know is the ID of the drum and the width of the shoes and how many rivets you need.
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