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  1. 12 points

    Calf dozer

    This is my latest purchase and arguably my favorite one yet. An aveling barford calf dozer, a very early one being the hopper cooled one and the original 800cc dorman Petrol engine. A beast of a machine and built to with stand the test of time. Due to the nature of use, usually these machines are worn out but this one is pretty good in my opinion. Starts easily and will run all day. Has the front blade with it and drawbar. Wanted one of these for a while and now finally have one. here are some pictures for you guys.
  2. 11 points
    the showman

    The Showmans new Toy

    Back last summer while I was at a mates barn having a rummage, right at the back in the darkness I found a red tractor that ive never seen before. After a bit of research I found that it was built by Toro for one year and because of poor sales was dropped. The dealer had 10 and offered them at a deal and my mate bought 3. Two were used for a contract that he had then parked up and the third is still new and not assembled. The one I have bought is a Toro GMT 230 1978, It has a Kohler 23 hp engine, hydraulic deck lift and bends in the middle. It was parked up in the barn in the late 90s after doing 170 hours work and left until I spotted it. After fitting a makeshift fuel tank and a good battery it fired straight up with everything working. Have to say i'm chuffed to bits with it and sounds really nice, awesome thing to drive
  3. 11 points

    Kubota 7100 1978 project

    Bought this as my winter project, it needs lots and lots of work
  4. 10 points
    the showman

    15 Years Ago This Month

    Looking through my literature today i found that its been 15 years this month that i bought my first Wheelhorse. I was looking for something to exhibit at rallys and saw a ride-on-mower advertised in the Friday Ad for £50, on viewing it I decided to buy it although it didn't have any makers name on it. After getting it home and a bit of fiddling i got it running and then discovered it was a 1969 Commando 7. Over the years I've had the odd one or two but this has to be special to me as it got me started with this hobby?. All my grandchildren have learned to drive on it and ive still got it sitting in the shed waiting for Dylan to grow a bit more.
  5. 10 points

    Yeah, it snowed... a lot!

    We got more than we expected...
  6. 10 points
    the showman


    Would like to wish all the forum user's a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  7. 10 points
    the showman

    To old to shuffle

    Halfway through the day I decided to change the tractors around that I'm taking to Rural past times and change trailer as the one outside was a bit tacky. The one I wanted was right at the back of my well organised storeage shed so had to shuffle everything to get it out. By 4 pm I started to wander if i made the right decision not to mention the heavy rain we had. by 7.15 i had the Bolens and Raider 12 in the van with the posh trailer and everything thrown back in the shed.
  8. 9 points
    Hi all this is my latest challenge for 2018 my Gutbrod 1032 raking and rolling and my merry tiller dozing the bumps and hollows all my attachments all worked well hope you like
  9. 9 points
    the showman

    Toro The Sequel

    While i was sorting out the first GMT I thought it would be silly not to have the other one. Its new and never been used but hasn't got the collector kit and deck with it, it was stored in a shed with a leaky roof and had the transmission pump removed to keep the other one going, After a few weeks of fiddling with the pump ive managed to repair it and fit it back in the tractor and its now up and running. Concidering its been stored since 1986 it's not to bad.
  10. 9 points
    the showman

    Famous at last

    Got a photo of my chicken plucking machine on the back cover of Stationary engine magazine,,
  11. 9 points
    Hello all I am new to the group,i have bought my father in law a ride on mower as he is staring to struggle doing his big garden by hand.I am not made of money so had to get a fixer up and come across a westwood gazelle w11. It was in a sorry state but I have spent the last 4 weeks taking back to bare metal and powdercoating every part , replacing every nut and bolt. My question is I have spent all this time doing the restoration I didn't think to ask the question are these any good at cutting grass?
  12. 8 points

    A FEW More Newby Hall.

    'Ere's a few wot I tuk.
  13. 8 points
    More photos...
  14. 8 points

    Model T Ford , go cart

    Here’s what I’ve been doing through the winter months , almost finished , just a few bit of timber work to do and then varnish the wood. Its a replica of a 1910 model t Ford , built in 1958 , although there are a few different modifications and Addons but it’s a work in progress . I lined the cab area with new leather seats and oak trims , added a brooklands windscreen and also some old brassware, Just in the process of making the cover for the Briggs & Stratton engine which will be disguised by the wooden box on the back .
  15. 8 points

    Bill Targett Memorial Rally

    Home from a great day in Hampshire The Bill Targett rally had a good attendance in all sections, the Horticultural section had a varied and interesting entry . Here's some photos of what was there...
  16. 8 points
    the showman

    De' Ja' Vu

    Now the disruption of Christmas is over its back to the shed. This is a Raider 10 thats been in the back of my woodstore for a few years and during my rebuild on the Raider 12 ive been piling bits together to put it together. Had a bit of a late start as i had to clear all the sawdust after sawing up a load of wood during the last couple of days. This is as far as ive got today apart from the chassis is now sanded down to bare metal
  17. 8 points

    Sisis discs from the Showman

    Went to visit Mr Showman in the deep South today as we were out and about on this lovely warm March Day We managed to rehome his set of Sisis discs for him, they will look good behind our smaller ride ons
  18. 8 points
    rolloman 1

    Its a perfect fit

    Hello all yesterday I went to see this Tractor and found it was a perfect fit so I had to buy it and will be going back to collect on Saturday hope you like I will post more pictures when I get it home
  19. 8 points
    the showman

    Flat pack Wheelhorse

    Had a victim visitor to the shed today who popped in for coffee and collect a few parts. After the coffee and a chat we loaded his car with more than I expected to get in it and I was happy to empty his pocket. I think Ian was pleased with all the bits and left with his car much lower at the backend Here's some photos
  20. 8 points
    the showman

    De' Ja' Vu

    Today's progress has been a bit slow due to a very stubborn hub, i warmed it up and bolted a puller on but no joy. I gave it a good soaking and tried again still wouldn't move. Next I connected up the gas axe to get more heat and quicker, with it glowing it still refused to move so i went for a cuppa to cool off. I thought I'd give it one more chance if not I decided to leave it rather than brake it. Same again with loads of heat and an extension pipe on my T bar it moved and off it came, next was the other side so with puller fitted it slid straight off. It was a lot of work but at least i got them off and can change the oil seals and I didn't break anything.
  21. 8 points

    westwood lawnbug!!

    New steering shroud fettled, painted and fitted to the Lawnbug, decal arrived from Titch at Machinery Decals today so that's finished it off...
  22. 8 points
    the showman

    De' Ja' Vu

    Managed to get in the shed and do a bit more. i finished getting the rust and crap off the chassis and got a coat of primer on it and sorted out a couple of attach a matic thingys.
  23. 8 points

    Big Bit of winter fun

    Well we had to give it a go, remember where we put all the kit ,fit it and have a play
  24. 8 points
    the showman

    Wheelhorse from bits

    Had a couple of spare hours today so I've done it bit more. everything just about done and all up and running, I've moved it backwards and forwards in the shed , next job to get it out and try it round the garden.
  25. 8 points

    Never know what you might see

    Minding my own business, ignore the speedo. It reads over seen this dodgy geezer moving horses, hope no one on here is missing any....
  26. 8 points
    Oh and some fit bird pinched my Commando 8 for the arena parade yesterday !
  27. 8 points


    The axle bearings from the Bolens were used plus the front axle mounting bracket which was hack sawed from the frame, cut in two, excess removed, slotted and drilled to take the bearings. The extra holes were for possible height adjustment at a later date. Easier to do now than later. These were pop riveted to the box section ready for welding later. The front axle was then given a lot of thought. The full size is a cast, tapered in two directions, webbed unit. Something simpler was needed. A piece of thick walled 1" square was used with tube king pin mounts. A test piece was cut to gauge the angle required, followed by marking, cutting, bending, filing and drilling the main components. Small infill pieces were inserted to give the weld something to bite on. The axle mount was made up of 3/16" plate fastened to chassis box section cross members, with 1/2" bore bushes. The pivot is an old Austin 7 king pin. All a bit on the beefy side but just materials to hand. I should say that ALMOST all the materials used in the entire build were saved during the clear out at John's. Also, as I do not have proper machining facility's, most of the work was done by hand. Hand drill, hack saw, jig saw, files etc. I do have a small Unimat 3 model makers lathe which was used for some of the lighter machining jobs. Also an old Drummond round bed which is in need of work and a chuck adapter. Guess where this came from. I also adapted an old Picador drill press to take a larger hand drill. This wasn't too satisfactory, side play and too fast for the larger drill bits. These were more suitable for wood, not metal. Photo's later. The next few photo's show the chassis and axle mounted on a board ready for welding. The rear axle mounting plates drop into slots in the board. The two dark coloured angles are temporary and just to help keep things square.
  28. 8 points

    Wheel Horse Sickle Bar.

    All finished and ready to test. Took that in the morning and was going to see what it was like this afternoon after I'd done an oil change. Unfortunately I got a call from the farm and had to go and drive a big tractor.
  29. 8 points

    Wheel Horse Sickle Bar.

    Got a bit more done today. Getting the lift right was a bit of a problem. When down, the downward curve of the lift arm fouled the guard and top pulley. Eventually I decided to disconnect the lift chain and cable tie the arm up as far as I could. I could have cut the downward curve off, but I don't want to alter things if I can help it. With the arm up I fastened the lift chain to the guard/frame. Next I had to have someway of holding the cutter bar in the vertical position. Had a root round and came up with this. Finally a couple of shots of it down and up. Next thing to do is make a handle to lift the cutter bar. Again I don't want to alter the original handle. Get that done and I can work out a belt length.
  30. 7 points

    Newby Hall Day 2

    And the last few...
  31. 7 points
    the showman

    Having A Change In The Shed

    Out with the old. In with the new.
  32. 7 points

    Fun in the snow

    We finally got around to making a video of the fun we had clearing snow back in March. Joseph
  33. 7 points
    The Fife Plooman

    !st of March

    My good deed for today clearing the the footpath in the village so that the old ones can get their pensions and food, we must make sure the old ones are OK Keep well
  34. 7 points

    Undercover Wheel Horse "1467"

    My 1267 "Skonkfest" tractor has had a checkered past. I got it after my heart attack to help with snow removal at work. I t had had a stuck exhaust valve in the past. I found assorted other things like no carb base gasket, silly putty sealant on the breather ect. I repainted it last spring because I got tired of a pinkish tractor. It had run good since I had done some tinkering so I only replaced the head gasket and decarboned the head when I painted it. On it's way to it's first show it had fouled the plug. I cleaned it and didn't think twice. It ran through the Big Wheel horse show parade with no issues but this winter it started fouling the plug again. so bad I had to dig out the crud in the plug. It got to the point where it wouldn't run longer than 15 min with out fouling the plug even with an anti-fouler in it. I got a 14 HP K321 on the shelf of of an much newer tractor but I wanted to keep the original starter/genny set up. The donor motor: Ring gear needed to come off for the original shroud to fit: Shroud mocked up on 14 to see how it fits: Had to use the head off of the K301 for the correct bosses for the genny bracket. You can see all the oil on top of the piston and gunk around the exhaust valve. This was all cleaned up when I painted the tractor and is only a couple of hours of run time. I'm shocked that this really didn't smoke much: Look at the build up on the plug and antifouler after only a few min of run time: New engine painted up: Ready to drop in: Mounted on the tractor. This frees up the lift table to lift the tractor! Running with different stack. I stayed with the smaller one.
  35. 7 points
    Batty the Bat

    Martin Markham

    Thank you HarryT. I would love to get a copy of the manual and parts list. Would it be possible for you to copy them? I'd be happy to reimburse you for any costs. In the meantime (Triumph66) here a couple of pictures of my tractor just after I found it under a large tree!
  36. 7 points

    Bolens 600 having a light work out

    I had a few hours today so I popped up to the yard I share with a tree surgeon. I thought I would try and level out all the wood chippings & ruts with my 600 & chain drag mat. I was pleasantly surprised by the results as we had a heavy downpour last night and the ruts were caused by my mate's Land Rover and wood chipper. I got the drag chain mat off The Showman back in November. It did a tidy job.Photos taken on my mobile and I hope to attach a video of it working if I can work how to download it from my phone!
  37. 7 points
    the showman

    De' Ja' Vu

    Got a few more bits sanded down and primered
  38. 7 points
    rolloman 1


    Hi all found this in shed Yesterday under a old cover just had to buy it as you do, Seems all good but no bag for it . Powered by a Briggs and Stratton 7hp Engine was quite expensive when new and they made a few different models built by Edward Thomas and co .Oswestry Shropshire hope you like it I do definitely not for painting just preserving
  39. 7 points


    While walking into town, my usual Saturday excitement, I detour through a small trading estate to have a peek in the local metal fabricators scrap bin. Most weeks either nearly empty or full of RSJ off cuts and 4" or larger thick wall box section plus large section angle. All big and heavy. Last Saturday had a much better assortment of small stuff mixed in with bits of the above plus other mixed junk including lots of tangled metal banding from delivery's of steel. Back today with the car. Into the shop / office and asked if I could have a dig in the bin. Lady person at desk didn't sound too keen. "We don't like that" but donned a high vis vest and came out into the yard. I pointed out a few smaller section bits and asked if I could have those. "Yes, but be careful, there are lots of sharp edges", as if I didn't know. Started pulling bits out and she started helping. I think she was worried in case I cut myself and sued. She would have had a fit if she had been at John's place while Chris and I were clearing the scrap. Anyway, got a selection for possible future use. Would have dug deeper and got more if lady person hadn't been nearly having kitten's. Asked how much I owed, "Nothing" was the reply I was hoping for. Result, although I was prepared to cough up a few tea bags. Various sizes from 2" x 1" down to 1/2" square plus round tube and bar, flat strip 1/4" thick and an 18" x 12" x 1/8" plate.
  40. 7 points

    Wheelhorse from bits

    Think we should call this Raider of the lost parts
  41. 7 points


    Various ideas were tried out for the seat using bits and pieces lying around and then discarded. A visit to a local upholstery shop with measurements resulted in a lottery win quote. Back to head scratching mode. I had already spent hours looking for something suitable on the internet without luck, trying various search word combinations. Then I spotted some cheap-ish scooter ( Lambretta / Vespa ) back rests. Not exactly what I wanted but worth a try. A pair were bought and after initial, not sure thoughts, the end result was better than expected. The fill in piece behind the seat cushion, made from plastic, still needs finishing off with padding. The first mock up from ply. The alloy frame, ex green house, just cleared the top of the gearbox. Fixing brackets were bolted on. Sheet steel was bent up for the base and back rest. There were two short threaded studs already fitted which made mounting easy. A length of U shaped trim finished off the steel plate and a similar section was fitted to the fuel tank. I finally managed to get my Great grandson Henry to try the tractor for size. Even though he is only 7 : 1/2 months he loved it. Mummy said she had never seen him so excited, squealing and swinging the steering wheel. We had to hold him though as mummy refused to let me cable tie him on.
  42. 7 points
    The Fife Plooman

    Local ploughing match

    Hope you like The ploughing took place on an area of ground that used to be an open cast site. it was very hard, very stony , wet, and raining managed to help a new member of our group to set up his plough. some of the big tractors struggled as well as us in the horticultural group but all in all a good day
  43. 7 points

    Ardingly Autumn Show

    Last lot of photos from today...
  44. 7 points


    Not many photo's of work on the hood. A slightly larger than required alloy sheet was cut and a shallow fold made on the center line. A board with a curved edge was clamped over the sheet, after carefully guesstimating where the side fold should start. Hope that makes sense. The sheet was then bent around the board forming one side of the hood. This was repeated for the other side resulting in a shape which was not far off the required result. What luck. A little tweaking with a rubber mallet and a length of round bar persuaded the front and rear of the curved folds to line up with the headlamp surround and dash. A lot of time was then spent trimming the oversize edges to get the best fit I could manage, followed by clamping to the headlamp surround and drilling for the pivot bolts.
  45. 7 points

    1975 DAF 66 Station Wagon

    Last year I bought an old DAF 66 estate locally. It's a quirky little old car that is powered by a 1.1 Renault engine with variomatic transmission. It will need some TLC on the sills. The colour is Tundra Green. These are photos of when I got it back in December and have yet to update the photos. Very unusual to find a DAF, let alone an estate. I have sorted out the engine with a service including finding a new alternator. The DAF Owners Club is a gem of a club and have helped me out with a few items.DAF Hobby, in the Netherlands, sourced me the outer sills. Here are some photos for Koen's benefit.
  46. 7 points


    The footrests were another item I had a few attempts at before finishing up with something that looked right in comparison with the rest of the build. One pair looked too long and narrow, another try ended up with the fold overs not being deep enough. Fairly quick to mark out and make so not too much hair pulled out. Again, made from the scrap 1mm alloy panels. The first attempts found a use elsewhere after being cut up. How to make the fenders. ? Simply bending up on the brake press wasn't thought viable due to the curves at each end, although I now think it could have been done with a bit of NON press work included. Also the corners would need alloy welding etc. Another possibility was making a plug and moulding in fiber glass. I decided to make these using built up layers of plasticard sheet reinforced with alloy. I already had a good stock of this plasticard. This resulted in very strong fenders. The plastic, welded together with liquid polystyrene cement, was thick enough to sand the curves on ends and sides. The alloy inserts were a very tight fit after making a few short trial sections to get the bends in the correct place. Also bolted at the corners although they wouldn't come out easily. The top of each footrest slides into the slot at the front of the fenders and will be bolted in place when finished.
  47. 7 points
    Just a few photos of various things over the two days, weather not great.
  48. 7 points


    With rural past times happening, I relised I didn't have any thing to take , so I had this little tractor hanging about so I found an engine of the shelf for it and gave it a quick tidy up , it should be ready just foot plates and a few bits and bobs to do I don't think I will be doing any ploughing with it though
  49. 7 points
    the showman

    Recycled show board

    Wanted a showboard for displaying my Wheelhorse's at shows and this is what i came up with. An old display board from work which I removed the stickers with a hair dryer, a coat of white paint and some spare decals that i had left over. Total outlay nothing and a bit of work and help putting the stickers on from Norm. A little different each side according to the stickers i had but really pleased with it.. Heres a couple of photos, what do you think ?
  50. 7 points
    the showman

    Through the showmans lens at Wiston

    Just spent a lovely weekend at Wiston steam rally, here's a few photos of stuff I liked and some general view shots so you can see the size of the show Here's a few more and into Saturday night at the beer tent.
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