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Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
14/08/2021 15:55:42

Work on the Fordson Major E1A continues. I bite the bullet and remove the PTO gearbox, and it is a good thing, because both it and the gearbox were full of black sludge, everything gets a good powerwashing out and we use the weldanuton technique to get a sheared bolt out! I put on overalls, and elbow length gloves!, it was hot, but it kept me more or less clean! Part 10 out now at

Phil, Some rain, some shine, in the East York Shire!

07/08/2021 19:43:19

Parts 7&8

Fordson Major rebuild, the hydraulics and rear transmission case. I removed the top cover, and realised there was 3" depth of black sludge in the bottom of the transmission case, and this had remained after 30 litres of "oil" was drained off! I set on cleaning it with kerosene, and by the ends of day one I was beginning to see the castings, and the unmarked gears etc. Thankfully there seems to be no grit or metal in the sludge, as the fordson does have a good filter, and two magnetic plugs before the pump! We have a wander in the field, and get the 2cv tractor up there.....eventually!

Phil, thunderstorms and a wet start to the Harvest, in the East York Shire!

07/08/2021 19:40:14

Hi Robert, That is more or less what is going to happen, if you can still get TUO! It is very confusing, all the internet info says you must use straight mineral oils for all the compartments, no addatives! not even detergent in the engine oil! The engine is straight 40 mineral, the gearbox is straight 90 mineral, no hypoid or EP. Originally Fordson specified an 80 or 90 weight oil for the rear transmission which is also the hydraulic reservoir, but then decided later that straight 30 or 40 (depending on whos account you read) could be used in the transmission case/hydraulics, so I think I will go for 40 in the engine and transmission/hydraulics and 90 in the gearbox!


Thread: Use Chequer (Tread) Plate as Roofing Sheet?
05/08/2021 20:01:54

I would get used or reject box profile sheeting with 50mm insulation, cheaper for the size than the alloy, goes on quick and its fit and forget! Look on ebay!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
01/08/2021 16:28:11

I appear not to have posted this one, sorry to have missed it out!!

The Fordson Major project. The second half of the week, I get more painting done, and continue with the recalcitrant sheared bolt removal, it may get drilled yet, but I will get the hole in the centre! Next attempt I will use the 3phase extension to bring the tig into the main workshop, mig another nut onto the broken stud, then heat the little lump in the casting where the bolt is with the tig torch! At least we are going forwards not backwards!

Phil, Cloudy, humid, and waitng for the ww2 bomb to go off in Goole, East Yorkshire,

01/08/2021 15:44:37

I work on the air filter and pre cleaner, fix the dodgy handbrake, which has been a pain since I bought this tractor , and work towards the three point linkage removal, remove the tow hitch and link arms, and start to free them all off using the dreaded Blowlamp of death, alternately known as the Flamefast Brazing hearth! In part 6 (out now!) We continue with the air cleaner get the hydralic/transmission drained and the filter out, what a mess!!

Phil, Some rain, some shine, in the East York Shire!

01/08/2021 15:41:38

Thats what I was going to do Robert, but they have been welded in!! You can buy the new shaft guard, but £70 for two bits of plastic pipe?

Edited By Phil Whitley on 01/08/2021 15:46:05

Thread: Fulfilled by Amazon
17/07/2021 19:17:27

I think you mean 30mA Martin?

Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
17/07/2021 18:00:31
This weeks highlights are sidetracks and interuptions!, and tales of the work I intended to do, but others had other ideas! My antique dealer mate turned up with four boxes of what is known as (in the trade) "Donkey" too good to throw away, but difficult to sell into anything but the small item collectors market, which functions very much on personal taste rather than any known make or value of item! On the basis of, "if you dont like it, burn it" I accepted it for cleaning and listing, but I am not sure I would do it again, because of the time it takes! I got the bushes that I need for the topper made and fitted, and some other little jobs like straightening drawbar pins done, but the sandblasting isn't ready yet, so I may end up putting the radiator back on the tractor on monday, and moving it outside for a steam clean, and to fit the girder trolley, so I can lift the topper, so that I can get it all put togther! Onward!
Phil in blisteringly hot East Yorkshire, 27 deg today!!
17/07/2021 17:59:07

Thanks Robert, duly noted! the problem with the pto shaft cover is the price! £70 for a cover, £80 plus for a new shaft, depending on the size and type you want, these people know how to market stuff! They sell the short shaft that fits almost nothing at a giveaway price, whilst the one to fit your machine sir (sharp intake of breath) that will be £140!! We have a perfectly good PTO shaft, but no safety cover, and it has obviously been used without one, but that gives me the creeps, so its going to get one, one way or another!

Cheers for the advice, All very helfull!


Thread: Blown Bricks : Advice please !
11/07/2021 20:16:18

Bad bricks, easiest and best is to cut the whole brick out and replace them, nowhere near as difficult as it sounds, then clean out the hole, put a mortar bed in, butter one end, pop the brick in, and point up. Did a lot of this on my workshop refurb. The only problem will be getting good bricks that are a reasonable match!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
10/07/2021 16:10:30
The Fordson Major E1A refurb continues, with some Time spent hammering the Big Bee topper straight again! Another short week I am afraid. Had two lost days for trips to York, so much for getting a full week in!, lots of dirty work done, and the panels go off for blasting, water pump pulley arrives, and thank goodness it fits! I only just seem to have started this project, and it is really coming together. I shall be painting and power washing next week! It all came together on Friday when I took all the parts for Blasting and got a top link and pins for the tractor from my local Agri merchants, Scrutons of Foxholes!! Cheaper than the internet!
Phil, in damp and humid East Yorkshire
10/07/2021 16:08:10

Thanks Rob, I got a top link from my local AG merchants store, cheaper than the net! I am going to have some maintenance to do on the three point, It all needs freeing off and greasing, and I need to clean the filter in the back axle because the hydraulics are a bit sluggish. I can make the pins and bushes that I cant buy, and I hope to be a lot further forward at the end of next week, if I can get a full five days in!


03/07/2021 17:48:57
I get the water pump fitted to the Fordson, have one of my tidy ups, and then have a look at the topper and see what we will need to join the two together, I have the driveshaft, but quite a lot of the heavy metalwork on the topper is bent, and one of the flail cutters is stiff, so in we go! I need a new top link, and immediately immersing myself in the mysterious world of tractor subculture, I learn that I may need a cat 1 top link.......maybe, and also some bigger pins for the bottom link connections, and some bottom link arm balls, as mine are worn out (Fnar Fnar) I get the driveshaft sliding in and out (Fnar fnar again) after a generous application of lube (what else?) but the safety cover for the driveshaft is missing, and as they are all plastic, and £70! I may have a look at making one. It has obviously been used without one, but it obviously needs one to keep it safe, I will see what I can come up with, we may have some plastic turning to do!
Phil, in the East Yorkshire rain forest, on a jungle taming course!

Edited By Phil Whitley on 03/07/2021 17:49:51

30/06/2021 21:15:51
I start the Fordson rebuild with fitting a new water pump, and almost immediately, it all goes wrong, and then goes right again, but I get the cowl bonnet and radiator off, and then have a problem with an innacesible bolt on the pump, but persistence (and bodging) pays off in the end, the pump fits, but there is a difference in the pulley arrangment which means I need to get another pulley, but ebay comes up trumps!
Phil, in damp and humid East Yorkshire
26/06/2021 16:00:43
Yes, unbelievable but true, the Wheel horse 2CV tractor is complete, the project is finished, now all that remains to do is take it to the field and see what breaks first! In order to do this however, we must first find the gateway, which has disapeared under a jungle of head high brambles and nettles, so out come the strimmers, and in we go!! Phil, Dodging the raindrops in East Yorkshire!
19/06/2021 15:04:48

Monday was ok, got on well. Tuesday the car failed its MOT on emissions, and is BER! Wednesday, bought a new(to me) car. Thursday I got some more work done, and Friday, took the new motor for a 60 mile round trip for my wife's appointment. Luckily there was half a tank of fuel in it, as I discovered that I couldn't undo the filler door! All fixed in this video! The wheelhorse grass deck gets finished, and looks really good! My stress level is subsiding!

Phil, in Early monsoon East Yorkshire

Thread: How long does it take to make things?
13/06/2021 17:00:27

It almost always takes longer to set up , than actually machine, odd shapes are especially difficult! When Richard was coming over to make his T-nut last week, I got to the workshop early and put the vice on the mill and clocked it up to the spindle in about 10 minutes, it is probably the fastest I have ever done it!! The milling happened quite quickly, but drilling the hole was a pain, and took maybe an hour to get a 14.5mm hole through a lump of 304 stainless! every drill we picked up needed sharpening, and a couple gave up halfway through. In hindsight we should have drilled it on the mill, and we didnt fasten the vice to the drill table "to save time" LOL!!! The end result was very good, but the pains we went to could have been substantially reduced!



Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
12/06/2021 18:19:19

I finish the cleanup on all the grass deck parts, and then go up to the field, and repair a Hayter mower, and a westwood garden tractor, the sandblasted deck comes home on Friday, and we get all the priming finished! Phil, in scorching East Yorkshire

09/06/2021 20:03:15
Clean all the machines down after Fridays furious T nut machining session, and find out that 304 stainless is not magnetic! then on to the tractor, new bearings go in the alternator, the oil leak gets sorted, and finally strip the grass deck and its operating mechanism for repainting. In the meantime, the heavens open, and Langtoft floods!
Phil, in East Yorkshire, sunny and hot, with occasional floods!

Edited By Phil Whitley on 09/06/2021 20:06:08

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