Log Splitter Build

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.

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Reclaiming water contaminated oil

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferguson hydraulic pump

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.

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Land Rover 101″ Forward Control

This Ex-MOD Gun Tractor is being repaired by a friend of Michael and myself. Far from being restored, this beast is almost being re-manufactured into an every day driver/overlander. The Land Rover 101 was developed in the late sixties, powered by a petrol Rover V8, it was able to tow artillery, its ammunition and carry it’s crew. 101’s very made into ambulances and radio trucks too, as well as famously tugging Rapier missiles during the 80’s. Since being sold off from the MOD dozens of these Unimog-like machines have been seen in many roles, from forrestry trucks due to there amazing ground clearance and heavy duty Salisbury axles front and back, and In recovery duties thanks to there heavy duty winch and perfect rear chassis for adding a crane or any other piece of heavy equipment.
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68 FL 34 entered the factory on 19/05/1976 and was delivered to the Army at Hilton on 01/07/1976. It’s being converted with a 200Tdi and LT77 5 speed gearbox from a discovery. Winch bumper from Able Engineering (midlands) Ltd, fitted with winchmax 19,000lb winch. The whole vehicle is to bepainted in bright orange (almost Fordson Orange), with TD5 era defender interior trimmings and discovery power steering.