It’s too cold.

I apologise on the behalf of Michael and myself for the lack of updates recently. With our college work busy and the harsh winter winds, we havent had much spare time to work on our machines.

We’ve found ourselves handed the burden of fixing a spike toothed harrow. The old girl has seen better days, with tines bent and and road pin wrapped up inside the crumbler, she’s hardly in a working state.

So we spent wednesday afternoon heating the bolts and drifting out the tines, turned out to be quite fun and productive.


The Land Rover finally gave up on me yesterday, the fuel bowl seal on the lift pump dried out, so no fuel was supplied to the engine.


This problem had been happening for a while, so I had to manually prime it before I wanted to start it. I had to get towed home from the middle of Bacton/Witton Woods, fun. It turned out to be a five minute fix; remove bowl and disguard seal, and then search our stock for a good fitting O-ring. I’m not worried about not having a guaze in place, as I’ve managed to fit an inline fuel filter.

My next job is to fit a new 7 pin towing socket. I’m most probably going to fit it in the PTO port in my rear crossmember, as I keep knocking it off when I drive over heavy fields when my drop-hitch decides to become a subsoiler.


The missing link(age)

This evening I managed to remove the link arms and lift rods from Freida. I’ve spent days soaking the seized clevis pins and linkage knuckles in WD40 and trying to club them out with my trusty 3lb ball pein, to no avail.

With no heat source available to make the knuckles glow before smacking the rusted pins out, I decided that the only option available was to cut through the pin with a cutting blade on an angle grinder, in the gap between the knuckle and the lift arm fork.

After doing so I discarded the knuckles, lift rod and link arms as they have had it. Although the coffee grinder is still good.

Pics to follow, as I’ve yet to requisition a camera.


Salty nuts…

^This^ is/was a tow hitch that Michael and myself designed and made for use on a cat 1 three point linkage. “Great!” you may think. But Freida has no working linkage at the moment? So I’ve had a re-think.

On the underside of the differential/axle casting there are four 5\8″ Whitworth studs set into it for the use of attaching a Ferguson hitch. So I’ve spent the past hour removing said studs and nuts, wire wheeling them up, re-tapping/dieing where neccesarily and inserting them to the correct dept into the casting. As they were highly corroded/pitted from the sea and years of moisture, (And I was taught that salt was a preservative. Hahaa) And some clown hadn’t screwed them in all the way, or gave up when the nuts siezed to them.

I plan to bolt a simple frame onto these holes which extends 10″ rearward, roughly inline with the rim of the wheel. Here, I shall mount my towball.



Much like this fine piece of engineering.



With both side covers removed from Freida’s back end, all bolts undone and a severe amount of jiggling and poking of all parts, I can’t seem to remove her hydraulic lift assembly. Even after consulting Mr Ferguson’s Bible I’m none the wiser.

I can’t seem to disconnect the hand control fork from the control valve, even if this was done, it seems that there is another brace between the fork, yet below the main driveshaft that runs through the back end.  Therefore I can’t lift the lift assemly out.

Tools and more tools

Since the 1950’s and the birth of the mainstream “Home Mechanic” it is widely recognised that no man in the British Isles can have under his possession enough tools.

Whether you’re an Iron and Steam enthusiast with air hammers and fishplate spanners or a boy racer with a full plastic encased set of Halford’s professional, every man has his own specialised tool fetish.

My heart is set  in the golden era of engineering when brands such as Britool and King Dick were everyman’s market leader if he wanted a sturdy tool for his cantilever box which he tucks in the “work’s van.” The test of time has proved their worth.

One great supplier I’ve found in my countless hours of dossing about at college is , They sell what I can only imagine is ex-mod and railway tools obtained via warehouse clearances etc. The products that I’ve had from them have been nice and low priced yet really good quality. My favourite is a 1940’s Britool cylinder head spanner which is 3/4″ american fine on each end, it’s perfect for my Land Rover as it has a double bend in one end and a long handle, this enables my to tighten up the head bolts without removing the rocker cover, due to a socket not fitting above them. I also have a really good and strong pair of pry bars from them for just nine quid, bargain!

If anybody has any links to good websites selling old tools for restorers etc, I’d be extremely greatful if you left a comment.