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Hoping for some painting weather.

Hi to all,

If the weather is dry tomorrow it might be the last chance I get to finish off the paintwork on my old tractor, not much left to do but I would like to finish it before the frost sets in, it is to turn very cold this weekend.

doujoy

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Return springs.

Hi to all,

I have been told of a guy in Wales who is holding a mass of spares for these Ransome tractors so I will need to get in touch with him and see if he can supply me with a set of clutch return springs, I think the ones on my old tractor are a bit weak.
Apart from that the renovation is coming along nicely, still waiting for it to be put onto the list of surviving Ransome vine-yard tractors which puts it into a club of around fifteen hundred around the world.

doujoy

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Grubber assembly.

Hi to all,

The repainted grubber implement for the Ransome put back together in its freshly painted state, it is a lot of steel 2 1/2 CWT so the engine hoist will have to be used to get it off the trolly and onto the tractor.
Still a bit of paintwork to be done on the tractor but that will be done in better weather so that it dries quickly.

doujoy

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Amazing how quickly you have managed to get the work done Doug, you are a dynamo my friend!
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Old skills and simple engineering.

Hi Mike,

These old tractors are quite basic but rust and seized or choked up parts were the biggest challenge, the longest job has been the track bolts they took about six days of cutting and drilling because the replacement bolts had to be metric.
The tyres on the grubber have rotted away but the inner tubes still had air in them, they are old split rim wheels a bit like the army Bedford trucks just a lot smaller 10x4 and I doubt if I will ever find anything that will fit.
But the work is not finished yet still got a number of things to try to put right, that paintwork does make it look further on than it really is, so tomorrow I hope to get a bit more done.

doujoy

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10 inch tyres

Hello Doug... The original mini wheels were 3.5 X 10.. what about a 145/80x10 radial using a tube.

Regards Andy
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Tyre size.

Hi Beigebengy,

The adjustable leg stub-axle is too short to take anything wider than a 2 inch tyre, the 10 inch mini tyre would be too wide so I am looking at barrow wheels and trailer jocky wheels to see if any of them might fit.

doujoy

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Tyre size

Hello Doug ... The vespa and lambretta scooters from the 70's had 10 inch wheels and would be worth a look as pretty low wall height and width.
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Good thinking.

Hi Beigebengy,

That is a very good point and one I will look into and see what is available.

doujoy

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Plough reovation

Hi to all,

Made a start to renovate the plough that came out of the marsh-land along with the tractor, a good inside job on these frosty days getting it all cleaned up for its first coat of paint.

doujoy

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Plough is looking good.

Hi to all,

The plough is all done and looking good, be a shame to use it now and get it all dirty so at the moment it will be just for show.
I am amazed how good the steel is on the implements and the tractor when I think of where it had been left for five years, I doubt if the guy I bought it from would know it was the same rusting metal he sold to me.
His low selling price to me has risen by about two thousand pounds, and I have seen one going for even more so it is quite a good little investment.

doujoy

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Starting problems.

Hi to all,

Because of the type of manifold fitted to this six horse power engine a lot of them are fitted with a Amal. type motor cycle carb. and because the one that was on this tractor was in bits and broken I have made up a conversion plate so that an SU carb. could be fitted, and it does work very well.
The starting problem seems to be caused by not enough fuel being drawn into the combustion chamber as the engine is turned over on the starting handle, to get around this up till now I have had to remove the spark plug and drip some fuel into the combustion chamber and then the engine will start no problem.
My plan to cure this problem is to make use of a blanked off vacuum connection on the SU carb. by passing a thin piece of plastic tubing down through the vacuum passage so that fuel can be fed into the combustion chamber before starting.
I hope it will work and I will let you all know if it does!!

doujoy

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Start up fuel inject.

Hi to all,

Well the vacuum intake connection did not work, but with a small hole drilled in the inlet manifold on the highest point and a capillary tube passed through in toward the cylinder the problem is solved.
It is a bit like fuel injection without any pressure, just gravity fed from above the height of the cylinder head and just a small amount of fuel is needed to fire up the engine.
The fuel mixture through the SU carb is now spot on with a nice coffee coloured spark plug, these tractors are well known for being hard on fuel but doing way with the Amal type carb and replacing with an SU has made a drastic improvement in consumption.

doujoy

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Strarting made easy.

Hi to all,

With the fuel being injected through the manifold drilling the tractor now is much easier to start but my next problem is in how to get the tick-over to slow down, and I think I have found the cause of that problem.
The ventura of the carb not lining up correctly with the manifold intake which means that as long as the throttle is set open enough the engine will run, but too fast so that the piston speed is fast enough it will draw through fuel.
So my next job is to remove the carb and manifold and machine out the manifold to march the carb ventura which will allow fuel to be drawn through at a lower intake pressure.
Time will tell!!

doujoy

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Progress inspite of the frost.

Hi to all,

Having removed the carb. and the manifold I have managed to hone out the end of the manifold to match the ventura of the SU carb. which should increase the flow of fuel on the induction stroke so that even at tick-over the engine will get enough fuel to run at about 600rpm.
This should allow the gears to be engaged easily and improve the low speed control of the tractor so the clutch will stop driving, so that even in gear the tractor can be brought to a standstill.
Once it is all back together I will find out just how successful this was!!

doujoy

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Leveling up the faces.

Hi to all,

To make sure that the faces to the cylinder head and carb. were a flush flat surface once the manifold had been honed to widen and match up with the carb. the faces were smoothed and levelled using sandpaper stretched over a pain of glass and a new rubber gasket was made to go between the carb. and the adaptor plate.
So it should all be ready to refit tomorrow if the weather allows!

doujoy

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Some progress.

Hi to all,

This morning I have managed to refit the honed out manifold and adaptor plate with a new vibration rubber gasket and with a plastic insert which I hope will improve the fuel flow to the combustion chamber.
And managed to get the carb. remounted and the start up capillary tube refitted by which time I could feel my fingers because of the frost so called a day.
With the exhaust and air cleaner left to be fitted I hope tomorrow, then I will try a start up and see if there is any improvement in the slow running.

doujoy

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Moth balled.

Hi to all,

My old Ransome tractor has been covered and roped down ready for this bad weather spell that is forecast, still a fair bit to be done but trying to protect what has been, looks like being a cold and snowy winter.
But having survived five years sunk in mud and water of a Loch it should be fine until spring.

doujoy

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A new implement .

Hi to all,

With the winter weather turning out to be snow I think the first implement I should be making for the old Ransome tractor will have to be a snow plough!

doujoy

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Thought I wound take the covers off.

Hi to all,

The covers are frozen into place at the moment so best left until the thaw before trying to remove them, messing about with frozen steel is when things break so let's hope the weather man has got it right over the next few days.

doujoy

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