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.

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Leyland glow plug and head gasket replacement

When I first purchased the Leyland it was impossible to start without using easy start, not ideal! However after some testing with a multimeter it turned out that all the glow plugs had failed open circuit, this should have been a simple job, but when I removed the plugs from the head I was greeted by this motley crew;

The tractor had been run with dead plugs for so long that carbon had built up solidly round the tips and caused them to break off when the body of the plugs were un-screwed, the only way to remove the stubs was going to be lifting the head…

Once the head was on the bench the next challenge was to knock out the combustion chambers, eventually achieved using a specially curved rod inserted through the injector hole and hit with a hammer;

Once the stubs from the injector were punched out, the remaning carbon deposits were cleaned out using a 11/64 drill, and the head was de-coked and refitted with a new gasket.

Since then cold starting has not been a problem, no easy start required.