Here are a few pictures from the construction of my screw type log splitter. I used the chassis of a pasture topper to form the base, making this a useful duel purpose machine.
Having drained the majority of the gearbox oil from the Leyland, along with the water which had infiltrated somehow, I decided to attempt to remove the water from the oil. Using a camping gas stove, until I ran out of gas, and then a vice and a blowtorch!
I had success removing the water from the oil but I can’t decide whether or not the oil I am left with is going to be suitable for re-use…
On wednesday a productive day was spent removing and repairing the fergie’s hydraulic pump.
The problem turned out to be that the rod which operated the control valve had bent and was therefore jammed.
In addition to this it was discovered that the oscillator rod had snapped at the point where it joins the square oscillator key. This is a system fitted to the revised pump as a way of preventing the control valve from sticking by forcing it to rock back and forth as the pump turns.
As a replacement part could not be sourced easily the decision was taken to leave out the oscillator assembly.
With the majority of the mechanical work completed the Kubota heads home for the final stages of reconditioning.
Primary cultivations at Easton College
Today I aquired the long awaited casting which sits inbetween the distributor and the engine block on Freida the Ferguson.
It came with half of an old original lucas distributor which I hastely removed to be replaced with the Duccellier which I took off my Land Rover.
I wire wheeled the casting up to remove decades of paint and grime, I then gave the inside a smear of grease and fitted the Duccellier in it.
I’ll wait for a dry day before I fit it to Freida along with all the other ignition parts and give her a good static timing session.
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.
Video made with the help of BBC Voices at The Forum in Norwich.