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Phil Whitley05/05/2021 21:40:25
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Fixing a VW camper, stripping printers for steel rod, and finally getting the toro 2CV engine running properly! I did drive it backwards and forwards in the workshop, but turned the camera off when I thought I was turning it on, what a plonker! It is seriously a relief that I have got to the bottom of the problem, carb was dry, and fuel pump not lifting fuel, so we know if it will not restart in a few days time that the pump valves are suspect, and the fuel is draining back to the tank. The moral of the story is don't leave engines standing for 20 years, and then expect to put them back into service without a bit of a fight!
Phil, April showers in May in East Yorkshire!
Phil Whitley08/05/2021 16:35:41
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The big "use it or get rid" continues. The final clearout is nigh! an accumulation of may years of "that will be usefull" collecting is finally ended when I realise that it wasn't! To be fair, a lot of this is left over from our auction visiting days, when the auctioneer would look at us and offer us "something mechanical" for 50p or a pound! We did use or resell an enomous amount, this is just the dregs, and a lot of it has a date with the scrap man en route to a chinese melting pot! It will be back before you know it, or else maybe blocking a canal somewhere on its way back!
Phil, Raining again!East Yorkshire

Phil Whitley12/05/2021 21:17:36
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At last the Toro project draws to a close, the bonnet goes back on, and the grass deck is refitted, I simplify the new belt fitting problem, and cogitation takes place over a mechanism to operate the existing belt pulleys as a jockey wheel to turn the drive on and off, and then from out of the ether, Inspiration! Enjoy! Phil In High humidity, early monsoon, East Yorkshire
Phil Whitley15/05/2021 17:37:42
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Another two days tidying up, but first a trip to the scrapyard for a weigh in, and then to fix my Mondeo door mirror, which fell out after standing all day in the sun, I had to make a new backplate because when I replaced it previously I tried to remove the broken mirror, and ended up damaging the backplate. It was.......challenging! If you break yours, stick the new one over it!!
Phil, The rain has got warmer in East Yorkshire

Jim Young 216/05/2021 11:07:23
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Phil, always a fun watch, how do we all collect so much ‘junk’ ?!

Your premises are a strange and interesting collection of rooms, are you able to give us the background? A bit more about how you gained your skills would be interesting.

Get away from the tidying and back to the bench soon !

Regards

Jim

Phil Whitley22/05/2021 16:44:30
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Hi all, I was ill Monday/Tuesday with post covid jab flu, so it is a short week this week! Managed to get the jockey pulley mechanism built and working, as usual there were interruptions, and little jobs to fit in between, but I just have a handle to fit to the top of the operating arm, and a gate for the lever, and tis done! I also fail miserably at mig weld filming!, I will go back to the old method, which worked well!
Phil, enduring the late spring hail and ice storms in East Yorkshire
Phil Whitley26/05/2021 22:23:14
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I get the jockey pulley mechanism for the grass deck drive finshed, and really that is the end of the Toro project, apart from paint, alternator bearings, and an annoying oil leak from the sump plug, Will this project never end! Then on Wednesday, Andy comes over fot the day and we start the "antique" trycicle build! Curioser and curioser!!
Phil, The rain has got colder in East Yorkshire
Phil Whitley29/05/2021 18:35:18
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I get the trycicle forks Tigged up, but not without problems, the metal is very dirty, and also I didnt notice that the argon was running low, so that probably didn't help, but I could see black nasties bubbling out of the old forgings, not surprising, but we persevered and got there in the end, and then back to the tidy up, which is going really well and will soon be finished, Once I have filtered out the sdrap, and the rubbish, it is on to selling of what I don't need!

Phil, bathed in sunshine in East Yorkshire!

Phil Whitley05/06/2021 15:14:39
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A short week due to bank holiday, but lots crammed in to this video, some bench repairs, a homelite strimmer, a karcher K2 pressure wash, and then theres the oil tank swap up at Keiths, replacing the top bearing in the Harrison mill vertical head, and then Richard Kirkman arrives to make a T nut for the topslide of his Colchester Student in order to fit a Quick change toolpost! all these jobs in only four days! A busy week, and lots of fun was had by all!

Phil, Summer at least in East Yorkshire, but the monsoon is coming!

Phil Whitley09/06/2021 20:03:15
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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!

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Phil Whitley12/06/2021 18:19:19
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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

Phil Whitley19/06/2021 15:04:48
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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

Phil Whitley26/06/2021 16:00:43
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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!
Phil Whitley30/06/2021 21:15:51
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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
Phil Whitley03/07/2021 17:48:57
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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

Robert Butler03/07/2021 19:09:13
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Phil, the mounting system is called a three point linkage, you do need a top link but then look at the topper and the two lower arms on the tractor. It is a mounted implement not a trailed implement - hence no draw bar.

Robert Butler

Phil Whitley10/07/2021 16:08:10
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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!

Phil

Phil Whitley10/07/2021 16:10:30
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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
 
Robert Butler10/07/2021 16:21:42
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Phil

Buy the pins, securing clips and PTO shaft guard from the same place you bought the top link. The pins are remarkably tough needing to withstand shock loadings. You will also need to check the length of the PTO shaft, you will note the inner slides into the outer as the relative length varies as the implement is lifted and lowered. The PTO shaft guard should be supplied with a chain which you attach to the tractor to stop it spinning with the shaft. Take part of the shaft with you as "size matters"!

The inner and outer should be an easy sliding fit - grease - but don't overdo it as all the muck in creation will stick to it.

Robert

Phil Whitley17/07/2021 17:59:07
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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!

Phil

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