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  1. Looks good Darren. Bet you are pleased with it. What next. .
  2. Belt-up

    I wonder what it can find to tow at Kingsfold.
  3. HALF a HORSE.

    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.
  4. HALF a HORSE.

    As some will already know, the Showman and I have been clearing a friend's land of his large collection of various garden tractors, horticultural machinery, workshop equipment and whatever else you can think of. Nearly 2 :1/2 years later the end is in sight. As friend John is having to sell up and move soon due to ill health, my Roper tractor which was stored on his land has now moved on to a new home. As I have very little room at home to work and store in, mainly a single car size garage which is already half full of stuff, thoughts turned to something small to build which could be transported in the back of my Meriva car. Small enough to fit in the car, but hopefully big enough to ride on, but if not towing a trailer which I can sit on and operate the tractor by remote steering etc. Various options were looked at, thought about and discarded due to too many compound curves etc. Then, after studying photo's of the D-series Wheel Horse which has very few awkward curves a plot was hatched. During the clear out lots of "might be handy one day" bits and pieces were kept. One of the few tractors which remained, unloved and unwanted, was this Bolens ride on mower. It was eventually stripped of useful parts, gearbox, axle / diff assembly, wheels and various other bits before the remains were left to be dumped much later. Also found among the junk in John's barn was the bottom end of a small engine which was later found to be a 65cc BSA 4 stroke. After further hunting by the Showman other parts were found in various locations in the barn loft. Enough parts to build a complete engine with spares left over. Engine just roughly assembled in this photo. John never stored related parts together and in one place. We think this was his anti theft device. Find a few parts, no good without the others, so leave alone. Appears to have worked as we have found on various occasions. Tri rib tires Chris. To be continued.
  5. Happy birthday DougC

    Happy Birthday Doug. Hope all your 64 burning candles telegraph poles fit on your cake.
  6. 1978 Westwood

    There was a Lawnbug at John's place. Sold it on eBay for £100 long before the big clear out started. Not sure what model but remember it was green with a white engine. Non runner and scruffy condition.
  7. Happy birthday Joseph

    Happy Birthday Joseph. Have fun.
  8. Have a seat.

    A repaired bird bath which leaks.
  9. Trailer please Chris. As if you didn't know.
  10. My entry pass etc arrived yesterday.
  11. HALF a HORSE.

    I think the next part I attempted was the dash assembly. Two 3/16" thick alloy panels were cut for the front and rear with a bent up alloy spacer pop riveted on. When first looking at photo's I had thought that both front and rear had an apex on the top surface. It was only after I had build number one well on the way that my man with the camera, tape and notebook, Iain, pointed out my mistake. I made three or four alterations, gradually reducing the front apex and leveling off the rear before it looked about right. These photo's are before any alterations. The outer shell was originally bent so that it finished on the underside and left oversize back and front for trimming later. The first attempt also looked too long when viewed from the side. This photo shows the top rear looking more like it should be. There were a lot of alterations and head scratching before the final result which included brackets bent up to hold front, rear and outer shell together. Also a strong mount for the steering column bush and cross beams for mounting to the upper side panels. Lots of assorted BA nuts and bolts were used which resulted in a very strong assembly. The brackets set at an angle on the front face are for the spring loaded hood locking catches, more of these later. The Steering column bush is a 1/2" socket cap screw drilled 5/16". I drilled two of these, the second for the steering wheel. This will also be described later.
  12. HALF a HORSE.

    After the grill and surround was mounted it was thought that additional support would be a good idea. Various ways were thought up and discarded. Some being too unsightly, others not rigid enough. The method finally settled on was simple and strong. Two brackets were bent up which were bolted to the front face of the engine cover and to the underside of the grill surround. 4BA nuts and bolts were used making sure that the holes drilled in the cover were clear of the fuel tank underside and internal deflectors. These photo's are out of focus but show the set up. The headlamp surround was bent up around a shaped wood former. I don't appear to have photo's of this. The full size was welded to the grill surround but bolted on the model, again using 4BA nuts and bolts. These can just be seen on the grill photo above.
  13. Townings harvest Fair

    Looks like you had fun Chris. Weather not so good today though.
  14. Mower Deck refurbishment

    Another brilliant job Richard. Looks too good to use.
  15. Good work Joseph. I notice you took a lot of photo's of Andrew and your dad. Did they bribe you. Come to think of it, there were a lot of me too.
  16. HALF a HORSE.

    Just found the photo's that I couldn't find. This shows the cross member assembly trial fitted at the front of the chassis. Thought I also had one showing it before fitting but no sign of it. Should have mentioned earlier that I had a LOT of help from Iain ( slf-uk ) with photo's and measurements. On one of his numerous visits to John's he mentioned that he had a D-160 and 200 and offered to obtain any details I required. This offer was taken up countless times with Iain dropping everything, day and night, and rushing into his workshop with camera, tape, and notebook. Well, not quite rushing but a speedy response. A lot of the photo's found on the internet didn't show details from the correct angle but a request to Iain explaining what I wanted produced the required result. A BIG THANKS Iain. Now that the grill surround was made it needed something to fill the hole. The grill was made from 3/4 x 1/2" alloy angle with 3/16" silver steel uprights, threaded 2BA at the top and drilled 1/16" at the bottom for a wire pin. The spacers were from alloy tube. Using the 1/2" width of the angle as the front face with a 1/2" gap between each plus the same top and bottom looked about right. A lot of careful measuring, cutting and drilling gave a good copy of the original. The anti rattle leaf spring at the top was from steel shim with threaded tubes over the tops of the uprights where they protruded through the grill surround. This alloy angle was from a green house which John and I dismantled years ago for a friend of his, transported back to his land, stored behind his shed and has never moved until recently. I saved a good selection of various sizes. Finally, I just had to give the grill a coat or two of paint, the first item painted, to see what it looked like.
  17. Happy birthday Triumph 66

    A bit late in the day but HAPPY BIRTHDAY Andrew. Hope you had a good one.
  18. HALF a HORSE.

    One of the few pieces of metal which was not found as scrap was the grill and headlamp surround. Nothing of suitable thickness to hand but the Showman came to the rescue and obtained some cut to width alloy from a contact of his. Thanks Chris. A jig was made up from a thick sheet of board and coach bolts. Allowance was made when fitting these bolts for the thickness of the metal, either side and top and bottom, so that the correct outside width and height was obtained. The alloy strip was clamped to the bolts and bent around in stages. Two of the lower bolts not yet fitted in the photo's. The front chassis cross member was made up from various metal and alloy pieces all bolted together and in turn to the chassis. As the front mounting bolts of the grill passed into a box section with no way of fitting nuts, a length of 1/4" stud was used instead which passed through the total width of the chassis leaving enough either side for nuts and washers. Cannot find photo's of this assembly at this stage.
  19. HALF a HORSE.

    Thanks Chris. As can be seen, I couldn't get my leg over, I mean over the tiller steering lever. Under it didn't work either so had to let it dangle while leaning to the left to keep balanced. Not very comfortable. I think this is when it was decided that operating from a trailer would be the best option.
  20. HALF a HORSE.

    Thanks Richard. Chris found it and it went down to the coast in his mobile shed. He let me borrow it back though. We think it came from a deceased friend of John's who restored vintage cars.
  21. HALF a HORSE.

    Thanks Ewan.
  22. HALF a HORSE.

    As the Showman has not yet put the other video's on utube, ( he must be extra busy hiding firewood from Pam ) the next stage was to make up the side panels. First were the chassis extensions. These were made 5/8" deeper than the chassis box section, to give scale depth, with an extra 1/2" added top and bottom for folding over. The bottom fold was to give extra strength and also to help stop the skin of my hands from being attacked by what would have been a sharp edge while constantly reaching under during the build. This can be seen on the photo's. A right angle bend followed by tapping over then finished by flattening in the brake press. This brake press, with a capacity of about 24" was found by the Showman during the clear out at friend John's place. He also finds things which are not RED. Old but effective especially with the 1mm approx alloy sheet used for the panels. These panels were, we think, either from old buses or maintenance vehicles. John had a friend who worked for a local bus company. These were large panels with the remains of paint and lettering, some with cut outs which could have been vents. Whatever they were they were recycled and put to good use. The chassis side extensions were followed by the wider upper panels, two long next with the shorter top two having a slightly angled rear edge. These top two, marked out and bent up as a pair, overlap the lower ones like the full size and are folded over at the rear. All shown just loosely fitted along with the upper rear panel.
  23. Rural Past Times Photos

    No problem Norm. I expect if he Googled braces he would come up with a teeth straightener thing anyway.
  24. biddenden Tractorfest

    A GREAT show Kev. One of the best I have attended. My first visit and I hope to be there next year too. Lots of variety and plenty to see. Thanks to you and your team for all your hard work.
  25. Rural Past Times Photos

    As Andrew with the photo's Norm but you mean braces NOT suspenders. CHEEK. You have been listening to a certain R/S member too much.
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