Massey Ferguson 35 Specificationsby Herb Kirchhoff
The Massey Ferguson 35 was a medium-sized, general-purpose farm tractor made in Michigan between 1960 and 1965. Offered for a base price of $2,529, the tractor's rear three-point hitch and rear power takeoff allowed attachment of a wide variety of agricultural implements such as plows, cultivators, post hole diggers and mowers, says TractorData, a vintage tractor website. It came in the M-F color scheme featuring red wheels, fenders and hood, and gray chassis.
The Massey Ferguson 35 offered a choice of diesel or gasoline engine. Diesel buyers got a three-cylinder inline, liquid-cooled Perkins diesel displacing 2.5 liters, says TractorData. The gasoline engine was a four-cylinder, liquid-cooled inline Continental displacing 2.2 liters. Both engines were naturally aspirated and both engines were rated at 32.1 drawbar horsepower, sufficient to pull a three-bottom plow. Diesel models had a 6-volt electrical system while gasoline models were 12 volts. Fuel capacity was 10.2 gallons.
This tractor was a front-engine, rear-drive machine with 16-inch front rims and 28-inch rear rims, says TractorData. The tractor featured a manual transmission with six speeds forward and two reverse. It had a manual recirculating-ball steering system, manual drum brakes on the rear wheels that could be applied separately, and an open operator station.
The Massey Ferguson 35 was 117 inches long with a 72-inch wheelbase. Base weight was 2,982 lbs. for the gas engine model and 3,559 lbs. for the diesel, says TractorData. It was 64 inches wide wheel-to-wheel and stood 54 inches tall. It had a 12.2-inch ground clearance and a turning radius of 19.25 feet. It ran on rubber, using two 6.00-16 front tires and two 11.00-28 rear tires.
Herb Kirchhoff has more than three decades of hands-on experience as an avid garden hobbyist and home handyman. Since retiring from the news business in 2008, Kirchhoff takes care of a 12-acre rural Michigan lakefront property and applies his experience to his vegetable and flower gardens and home repair and renovation projects.