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:text-coolphotos:              That looks fantastic, probably better than the one it was born with.      :woohoo:

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4 minutes ago, 953 nut said:

:text-coolphotos:              That looks fantastic, probably better than the one it was born with.      :woohoo:

 

I assume you mean the steering? I have no experience of what the steering was like on these but mine works a treat, no play and it turns very easily :happy-jumpeveryone:

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Now that's some fine craftsmanship there my friend!  You're well on your way to one excellent horse!:wh:

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The focus was on the engine now which I managed to source from someone on another forum, I had already stripped the engine down of any unnecessary parts and we had tried to start it. then it dawned on us that the engine didn't actually have any compression. We didn't really want to have to remove the head as the only replacement parts are NOS ones and expensive to ship over here. Anyway we removed the head and Found the exhaust valve stuck open. As you can see the valve and the valve seat is incredibly rusty and pitted, I left the block and valve with my uncle who managed to grind it down to a useable state and the engine runs quite nice now. As for the head gasket I managed to find someone in Greece who was able to make a replacement from a scan of my old one for the cost of £4 :woohoo:

 

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We also managed to remove the old exhaust which had rusted in

 

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Some more progress on the restoration

 

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Original tyres cleaned up and back on the salvaged rims and looking good.

 

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Rolling on four wheels for the first time in many years after previously being butchered by someone.

 

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The tie rod for the steering

 

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I purchased the steering wheel from America which came off a cub cadet, the difference between a CC one and a WH one is that the CC one is splined, I wasn't able to get a drill in to drill a hole for a roll pin so the alternative was to fashion a clamp. It works very well so i'm happy.

 

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The end of the steering column was mangled so a new piece was welded on, this also helped to make sure the steering wheel fit on snugly. 

 

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All painted up 

 

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You’ve been working hard :tools-hammerdrill:...... but  keep them pictures coming :popcorn:. This is going to be one sweet RJ . 

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Amazing work, most chaps on this side of the pond would have rendered that too far gone!

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11 minutes ago, pullstart said:

Amazing work, most chaps on this side of the pond would have rendered that too far gone!

 

Thanks, most people on this side would've thought that too, I must be crazy but since they are so rare in the UK I just couldn't see the thing rot. 

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I seem to recall your dad doing a fine job of repairing and rebuilding the transmission too? :P

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22 hours ago, meadowfield said:

I seem to recall your dad doing a fine job of repairing and rebuilding the transmission too? :P

 

Thats another thread, you already took your credit :P

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I missed this thread myself. I want to say your very talented and what a first class top, notch job your doing. 

Enjoying following this along myself.

 

Glenn           :woohoo:

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16 minutes ago, JERSEYHAWG / Glenn said:

I missed this thread myself. I want to say your very talented and what a first class top, notch job your doing. 

Enjoying following this along myself.

 

Glenn           :woohoo:

 

Thanks, i'm learning lots, especially since i've never worked on an RJ before :D

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5 hours ago, C-121uk said:

 

Thats another thread, you already took your credit :P

 

I know, but I bet a lot of folks following this have missed the work we did....

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Heres the transmission overhaul that we did if anyone missed it.

 

 

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I tackled the fuel tank next which is a small size so harder to find.

 

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As you can see the tank was gunked up, nothing was working to clean it so the only option to salvage it was to unsolder it and clean it properly.

 

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In two halves.

 

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Immaculate now, ready to solder both halves back together, I also found some small pin prick holes which needed fixing.

 

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I thought i'd try using silver solder for the first time, I had to get it red hot in order for the flux and solder to do its job, the solder flowed into the overlap perfectly so i'm happy that its sealed properly. 

 

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The cap had a tab missing so I fabricated a new one and soldered it on, Has anyone got an idea about what the seal would've been like and where I can buy one?

 

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Plenty of stainless bought for the reassembly.

 

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The original axle seals were missing and you can still buy them at $20 a piece, that wasn't going to happen so I turned some steel tube down to the correct dimensions and bough some seals to push into them. They fit snugly over the axle so hopefully they'll work :)

 

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That cap most likely used cork for sealing against the neck. That’s what was used on all the old Allis Chalmers B’s, C’s, WD’s ect.

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10 hours ago, ACman said:

That cap most likely used cork for sealing against the neck. That’s what was used on all the old Allis Chalmers B’s, C’s, WD’s ect.

 

Thanks, I thought it may have been 

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Next job was to make some missing parts, the first being the slot hitch.

 

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First I cut out all the pieces of steel I needed

 

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Cut to size

 

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Another part that was missing was all of the clutch set up

 

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All welded up

 

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Im pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Update...  As Ewan has been bogged down by his university work I though I had better put some more pics up of his fab work.

 

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we can't get RJ hubs in the UK, so best way is to make them...

 

I gave Ewan a template, which he cut around and we made our own using taperlock sprockets.

 

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we welded the studs in to make it easier too...

 

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more painting and panel beating!

 

The hood was still in pretty bad condition, but Ewan continued to work his magic!

 

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more pictures and progress

 

patches tacked into hood

 

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making a double groove v pulley and adapting from a geared crank to solid pin.

 

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new clutch idler and engine pulley in place

 

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final prep and painting of the hood

 

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smooth and shiny - I think he did an awesome job!

 

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That hood looks absolutely wonderful !!

 

You boys are really doing right by that RJ.

Excellent fab work.

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:text-yeahthat:  this is going to be something special, really nice work :banana-dance:

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39 minutes ago, pullstart said:

Just wow.  Awesome work!

I hadn't seen this thread until early this morning. That's just about what I was thinking.

 

 

if there was such a thing as a Concours d'Elegance for tractors, this one would be a contender.

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