One step forward
two steps back
This is how yesterday started for me
Front end missing, just needed building up with the parts i have had machined and bushed, i thought it would be so easy
First thing, get the tombstone casting refitted as everything else fits onto it. This piece has had two new bushes machined for it, now the new trunion pin fits beautifully, this is no play here.
Tombstone casting on, I fitted the radiator and plumbed it in again.
Then I fitted the axle to the tombstone casting, I have had the new bush which came with the trunion fitted and reamed out to the correct size to accept the new trunion pin
I have had 4 new bushes fitted inside the axle to accept the new stubaxles, the machinist tells me aswell as reaming the bushes, he had to remove lots from out of the axle to accept the bushes, so I would of never been able to tap them in and also they would of not been right anyway
Throughly cleaned out the axle then i fitted my new stubaxles,bearings and felt seals
Then i attached the tie rod to the steering arms which i have also had new bushes fitted, the new tie rod pins were a very tight fit, i could of had these machined out a fraction, but better to be tight than loose creating play.
Refitted my Ferguson t20 sidearms and then refitted my drag link rod which i have fitted two new pins to
Then i went around all the new grease nipples and greased up
There was not alot left to do at this point, i was hoping to fit the new bearings to the new hubs, then get the front wheels fitted.
Whilst pressing the bearing cases into the hubs, the threaded part of the hub where the hub cap screws onto has cracked
This is made the hub useless as the threaded part if used will break away and then the small front bearing wont be supported and this will cause rapid wear.so i have had no choice but to order another hub off Agriline, this probably wont come untill monday,tuesday next week, then i have got to get the threaded holes machined out to accept the wheel studs
So my dream off driving it to the farm yesterday was not meant to be
Not being able to do much to the hubs i carried on with other jobs, nosecone is refitted, it is dented and tatty but will do for time being, i may eventually buy a new one with headlights mounted into it.
We modified the housing for the water temp probe, so i fired up the tractor, not ran for a few weeks and fired straight up with no throttle or cold start, GOD SHE SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL !!
to check that the probe was not leaking water, that now appears ok, but running the engine for 2-3 minutes and the water temp gauge had not risen but im guesing if ran for longer and not just on idle it should work, as i think i dipped it in hot water before fitting.
After a few minutes of engine idling oil started to pour from bellhousing, that transmission oil seal is leaking again, im not messing about so i will split tractor this next week and get it done.
This is how i left the tractor yesterday afternoon
Jobs to do this week :
press bearings into hubs
hubs on then fit new wheels and tyres
Try and contact the bonnet man, as his phone is off again
and replace leaking seal
Nearly forgot - - - i found the serial number on the engine block, it reads S503039, does anyone know what the year of manufacture is ??