I have been very busy with lots of different things and not had any time to get onto here
We all rode to two local shows last saturday and sunday on the old tractors and we took the bbq
At the show on saturday they had a set of balancing ramps, the idea is you drive up one side on your tractor and try to get the ramps at the point of balancing where both ends of the ramp are off the ground, it looks easier than it is and requires great clutch and brake control.
Here is my 62 year old father having a go on the balancing ramps on my major, not the easiest tractor to do it on
My good friend Matt trying out my major
I could only managed to keep the ramps in the air for a few seconds on my major, the tractor of choice appeared to be fergie 20's whereby my dad and another man managed over 5 mins
We had two fantastic road runs to the shows and they were really good days out
Here is a picture of us all setting off to the second show on the sunday
from the front of picture - Fordson Dexta - Industrial MF 35 - my Major - Fergie 20 - Nuffield 4/60 - Mf 65 - David Brown 880 - Fergie 20 (on trailer) and International B250 out of shot
I have nearly finished my other 3 cylinder Massey Ferguson 35 but at the start of this week i have purchased this 3 cylinder Pekins MF 35 aswell, my fiance Jenny is developing more of an interest in the old tractors and she drove on of our petrol/tvo fergie 20's to the show on each day and she really enjoyed it. She really likes the fergie 20's, so i said i would keep a look out for one and buy her one so we could restore it, i wasnt going to buy her a petrol/tvo version but a diesel model, but cutting a long story short i have bought this mf 35 for her so we can restore it, i have checked as much as i can of it over throughly and bought it as a non runner with the injector pump suspected to be faulty.
It is a 3 cylinder perkins going by the serial number was made in 1962, its a single clutch non livedrive,original condition.
Pictured on day of collection after trailering it home
Look abit of an old wreck, but shes all there and i see great potential in her
Spent apparantly 4 months sitting in the corner of a field near an hedge
Once getting it back home i spent a good hour giving it a really good steaming off with the diesel heated pressure washer.
Once removing 45+ years of oil,grease,green growth,hay and grass she started to look alot better
With everything that is going on at the minute, i just want to hopefully get the tractor in a running state.
Myself and John spent a few hours the other day doing some investigative work to find the reasons why the tractor is not starting/running.
The tractor came with no battery, but after checking with a socket on the front on the crankshaft that the engine would turn over easily by hand and that all the wiring was ok and functioning we fitted a heavy duty battery, the starter operated and the engine wound over quickly putting out a little white smoke but did not fire up. i was told that i had recently, before it stopped working been fitted with two new fuel filters, there was no hand priming lever on the lift pump so i wondered if it needed air bleeding out of the fuel system, so with me operating the starter and winding her over John worked his way along the fuel