Haymaking 2020 – Mowing

A look back to summer with a video of the first part of the haymaking process, mowing. We were woefully unprepared this year and therefore had to hastily recommission an old Massey Ferguson 732 fingerbar mower which had been languishing in a hedgerow for many years.

In the end the mower did a sterling job in spite of the difficult conditions, producing cleanly cut and well swathed hay ready for tedding.

MF732 mower as collected
Plenty of heat and WD40 applied and everything began to move
Knife removed for replacement of sections
Drive belts replaced and test fitted to the Leyland

Project Freida recommences

After passing from Jake’s ownership to mine back in the mists of time, Freida had been mothballed awaiting a suitable juncture at which to continue her restoration. This occurred in late 2020 when she was trailered to the Brundall workshop. Below is the first installation of a YouTube mini-series charting the ongoing works.

Beginning of a new era.

It’s been some time since Michael and my good self have even logged onto our blog. Since then Michael has  progressed from further education and into a career in agriculture (a cushy, clean office job) I was thinking the same, plonker. Give him his due, as his every day driver which happens to be a series 3 Land Rover is currently stripped naked and undergoing a chassis swap, so he’s still getting dirty.

Mikes Series 3 has been a good workhorse, it regularly made the trip to and from our homeland of Norfolk to Shropshire where he used to study. I even had the pleasure of joining him and his peers on a road trip and a greenlaning session in Wales at gwiynibsjadbrhrbtbiswyth, or somewhere to that nature.

Being a proud flatlander I’d never traversed across moors, up hills and fast flowing streams. There were 16 vehicles ranging from a 107″ Series 1 with a 2.5 na engine to a P38 Range Rover. The latter had an argument with a dry stone wall on one track, due to the self levelling suspension.

Mike’s series 3 had a 2 and a quarter diesel as standard, he’d soon fitted a 200tdi minus the turbo and it performed remarkably well. I however I had made the journey from North Norfolk to Horncastle in Lincolnshire to pick up a chap and then onto Newport in Shropshire in my TD5 Disco 2. (No longer with us) The disco was great, I’d upped the boost, blanked off the egr and straight piped her. I didn’t gets stuck once. 😉

Almost exactly a month ago my dear girlfriend was kind enough to drive me 379 miles at the drop of a hat to south west wales (I’ve now been to Wales twice, both trips Landy related.) The reason for this foray into the land of rugby, sheep and leeks was a tidy series 3 88″ petrol that had caught my eye for sale on Facebook with a years MOT for an extremely reasonable price.


So I paid the l kind old chap the asking price as she was extremely original and had only had 2 owners from new. I began to drive her to the local village for a quick meal before the lady and I attempted to drive home in convoy. I certainly could not wipe the huge ear to ear grin off my face, driving a series again made me realise how foolish I was to resort a plastic, electric and comfortable car. These classic beauties ooze sexines and character. Anyhow, after dinner I began to meander the narrow roads up, down and around hills toward the border.

2 miles out of the village the ignition decided to play up big time, I pulled over and called it a day. So I had a lovely 356 mile ride home in an RAC Lorry.

On return to Nelson’s County I had to running sweet in less than half an hour of pushing her I the drive. It’s been one sweet ride ever since and I’ve covered a few hundred miles since then.

I plan on keeping her original and touching up all those small jobs to keep her as near tip top as I can.

Goodbye chaps!

19J, A Horror Story……….

So there we were, sitting in an old hay shed on a wet autumn day……….

My friend had just purchased a Land Rover 90 with an early 2.5 diesel turbo engine, She’d turn over wonderfully, there’d be diesel up to the injectors, you name it, all the signs of life were there. Just something was missing,  A BANG!

So it was decided that we should whip the head off to investigate, to our horror, we discovered not one, not two, not three, but four cracked pistons!

God knows what sort of life this truck cab must’ve had, but whoever let her overheat to cause this, did a proper job.

The vehicle overall is quite a tidy machine, chassis is solid, had all new suspension bushes and shocks and a brand new set of modulars and Dakar remoulds.

“Not bad for a bag of sand.” Said we.

Upon further research it was clear as day that all 19J engines are more trouble than they’re worth. As they’re just a 2.5NA engine with a turbo bolted on, hence they run hotter and there’s much more pressure in the combustion chambers. This would most probably by why they’re prone to gripped liners, cracked pistons, head gaskets blowing, warped heads and in extreme cases they’ve been known to develop cracked blocks whilst warming up.



“Top Off Road Trails in America”

Many thanks to Clint Henderson at Partcatalog.com for sharing this link with me.


Partcatalog asked over 1,100 off road clubs what there favorite trails were in 39 states across the pond.

The result is an excellent example of off road destinations across America.

Some of the trails featured have been written about in detail in LRO. (Land Rover Owner Magazine)

Land Rover 2A 109″ Petrol 1969



I just couldn’t keep myself from owning a Land Rover any longer. She may be tatty, but i’ve only got to sort out a few niggly problems with the brakes and fit new electrics.
Those twin leading shoe drum brakes on the front are a pig! I originally planned on only fixing the problems with the brakes that needed it, but fortunately Paddock’s Land Rover Spares sell a break overhaul kit at an extremely good price.
The kit includes shoes all round, adjusters, springs and slave cylinders, Bargain!

Nuffield Front Weight


I acquired this today, she’s a big lump. Not sure exactly how much it weighs, but I’ve most probably knocked a few years of service life out of my vertebrae whilst attempting to fit it. Bolts are hard to come by for these, luckily Mid Norfolk Tractors have reproduction bolts available, correct head size and all!

Next just is to take a look at my pump, piston and valve block. Something certainly isn’t right with my linkage. She struggles to lift the TS82, linkage sometimes won’t drop, to name but a few problems……..

Ransomes TS-82

Ransomes TS-82

The latest addition to the fleet, should enable us to actually have “one wheel in the furrow”.
The Ransomes TS-82 is a two furrow reversible plough. It has a manual trip (uses its own momentum and pre-load from drop arms) to rotate, as opposed to a hydraulically reversed plough.

The plough is heavier than I expected, the Nuffield’s steering’s a tad light at the moment. So I’m either going to build a weight frame of find some suitable wheel weights.