Tuesday, April 29

  Blue and grey ferguson

Tue 29 Apr 2008 15:40 BST

This is Steve`s very nice TED 20 Ferguson

Right before anyone decides to say Ferguson`s are Grey , 10 points for observation , This one is now back

in its estate colours it`s own history as to say ,

I think it looks good its nice to see someone want to put there tractor back in to its place in history

and yes that is one of them fine bonnets from the chaps at sparex put together and tweaked abit by me

even the bonnet catches work proply

Monday, April 28

  Can you fit my loader?

Mon 28 Apr 2008 21:55 BST

The phone rang the other day,"Can you fit my loader?" was the question. Yes was the answer, not a problem.
Simple enough job. Thinking it was just a quick hook up job, the next day off I went , All well and good.
Anyway, once on site I had this sight to greet me...

and that's after I had sorted a few of the bits out ...
One 135 tractor...

Anyway before long I was bolting the bits
on to the tractor...

It didn't take too long to get it all looking the part. Then came the good bit- the pipe work...

I had to get rid of this, and fit another type of valve unit, one with two outputs and a return like the one below.
In fact this is the one I fitted after stripping it out and checking all was well...

and I made a nice new knob for it to finish it off. Now to see if it all worked...

Of course it did, good stuff! By the way if you look at the little insert picture, the black ring on the ram is tape.
I left the arms in the full up position for 40 minutes and it didn't move at all...

and after that the owner couldn't wait to play on his tractor.

Thursday, April 24

  Confounding Control Box Complications

Wed 16 Apr 2008 18:41 BST

I came in early this morning to get some paperwork done as I had to leave here at 9.15 to get to a memorial service at Happisburgh. At the Hill House ‘Pop’ was a much–loved part of the pub and had a fascinating fund of stories about his time in the army and of his lorries which he customised in his workshops. It was not many years ago that he was visiting his village in Wales and found himself driving behind one of his own lorries, still on the road many, many years on and was thrilled to find that one was still in use.

When I got back I found Jeff scribbling furiously on the order pad, recording a phoned  enquiry and trying to deal with a customer who wanted some check chains. When I’d sorted the latter out Jeff explained about all the new requests for parts which had come in while I'd been out and (I think, thankfully), handed them over to me while he got on with other jobs.

I departed to the office to sort these out and Jeff disappeared in pursuit of some connectors for a control box. He has devised an unorthodox method of fitting the connectors which eliminates all possibility of a poor connection and makes fitting the control box very much easier. Having fitted several of these myself in the past I have a memory of trying to keep several components together while  pushing them through a rubber plate and getting them in the right holes and doing all this by feel. Jeff’s solution gets round all this and ensures that all the connections are perfect and making the connections is done painlessly.

Jeff was out on site for several hours yesterday enjoying working on an FE35 for a change.

 When he came back his eye lit on a wheel which had been brought in for a new tyre. Clangings and then angle grinder noises happened and when I next emerged from the office to check on a part specification the tyre had been taken off, a huge pile of rust in the middle of the floor indicated the state the inside of the rim had been in (the inner tube had adhered to the rim by the rust) and the red paint on the inner rim was drying. Shortly afterwards the new inner and tyre had been fitted and he headed off to do other things.

Thursday, April 10

The Sprayer, Spod and Herbert

Thu 10 Apr 2008 16:41 BST

When I got in this morning Jeff had already painted the Low Volume Sprayer with its red oxide coat. It looked super. I'd taken some of the jets off the booms yesterday and Jeff finished the rest today to get it ready for painting and to make it possible to clean all the jets and filters so that no rust or dead spiders block them! When he was jet-washing the sprayer tank yesterday a huge amount of debris and rust was washed out  and made quite a heap on the ground.

Yesterday Jeff went out to visit a 35 with battery problems. There were other parts needed as well. We are getting an increasing numbers of requests for 135 and 35 parts, as well as for 20's and finding my way round the different models and engines is like learning a new language and is a process which I enjoy very much.

Jeff's writing about making the drive shaft has made it sound quite straightforward but as always, the doing of it was actually a much more complex process and he hasn't yet mentioned sorting the pump which (driven by the PTO shaft) forces the liquid through into the booms nor the complications of working out just how much cable was needed to allow the booms to drop before the lever moves forward to turn the tap on. The regulator is simple but effective (and made of brass). If Jeff doesn't have time to explain it I'll come back to it at a later date.

He's made a bracket for the truck to attach the junction box to; the track is going for its MOT shortly.

Jeff's been working on Spod today, as well. The blue painted parts do look very well though one visitor to the workshop said, ' Yes, nice blue but I do think Fergusons should be grey, don't you?'

I've already got a list of 9 jobs to be done in the office tomorrow before I can get out into the workshop. I've managed half an hour on Herbert this week. The spring seat (which is the flanged shaft within the sensor spring) had broken off so I was left with three bolts on the triangular plate, none of which had any heads worth mentioning. However, I do have a set of bolt removers which are one of my most valuable tools. However irregular the bolt head (or nut), provided one can get the bolt remover to stay on (usually by hammering!) the bolt is gripped and comes undone. I suppose one day I will find I've screwed the head of the bolt off the shaft but then it just means it will have to be drilled out. The two bolts left in are not going to be so easy to remove as there is no room for the bolt remover to be fitted firmly on so I will probably revert to a small chisel and drive the remains of the bolt round or even cut the head off altogether...

Wednesday, April 2

  PTO to SPRAYER PUMP drive shaft

Wed 02 Apr 2008 11:32 BST

Hello again, its me Jeff.

Well I've been having some fun making a part for the Ferguson low volume sprayer I've been working on.

The drive coupling from the PTO output to the pump drive shaft sounds easy, till you work out it has to bend, self center and be telescopic, and have to make it from things laying around the workshop and find out that most of the bits you want to use are hardened steel. First I needed something to make the telescopic bit out of. I went for the cam out of a Ferguson hydraulic pump ( hardened steel). I sorted that out with a bit of heat to make it softer and more machineable...

It looks hot, as you can see (stating the bloody obvious)! I let it cool a bit then put it in the lathe, machined off the cams and turned it in to a tube. Then I cut the pump end off an old PTO shaft and re-machined that too, and bored a hole in the end to fit the sprayer pump drive shaft.

Not bad. The tractor end was easy as I re-machined a standard PTO converter, then joined the two bits together.

A few weeks ago I wanted to bend some pipe and noticed a big spring which I used to do the job,

I had an idea a big flex drive and it would self centre, so I fitted the two ends and offered up the spring to see if it would fit.

Now to see if it would really work. I marked and cut the spring and fitted all the bits together.

It looked good.

Telescopic end...

PTO end...

Then I stuck it in the lathe for a spin and a bit of bending ( OK, a test)...

This is it being tested on the tractor...

This is the drive shaft in a bit of paint...