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Everything posted by Alan

  1. DOH!

    Tried bump starting a car with daddy in law years ago. Low battery. Daddy pushing from rear, me pushing next to open door. Jumped in when going fast enough, down with clutch pedal, into gear, pedal released. Nothing. Repeated this a few times then found engine started easily with ignition switched ON.
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-44819316
  3. Happy Birthday Nigel.

    Happy Birthday Nigel. You can't be THAT old or maybe you can.
  4. The Showman is on his way with a tin of RED paint.
  5. Ardingly Smallholders Show

    Another good selection Paul.
  6. What Happened?

    Beat me to it.
  7. New Manifolds

    Pleased that you are on the mend Jonathan. As Norman said, a lot of us are wearing out. Knee's, hips, back ache etc in my case. Just need to look at myself and another bruise appears. I think my next project will be a mobility tractor.

    mature gentleman,
  9. Good photo's Norm. A nice variety.
  10. HALF a HORSE.

    Coming soon Norm. Lots of little tractor bits plus a bigger trailer lump. Correct Richard. Except that I was also beavering away when the workshop was freezing cold. Were not all softy's down south Norm. Wife did think I was mad though.
  11. 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.
  12. Happy birthday Meadowfield

    Happy big day Mark. No slacking though.
  13. Any Idea

    Think I've seen something like this before, but can't think what or where.
  14. Happy Birthday Showman.

    Happy Birthday YOUNG man. I expect Pam will spoil you today.
  15. Rural Past Times, August 11/12

    Hope Half a Horse will be towing me around this time.
  16. Rural Past Times, August 11/12

    Mine sent and entry pass received Chris.
  17. New use for old Kitchen Unit

    Very nice Richard.
  18. A FEW More Newby Hall.

    As Chris said Norm. Very bright. Had to put my sunglasses on.
  19. Newby Hall Day 1

    Good photo's and a nice selection of machinery Paul. But WHAT is Norm trying to do in photo 10. ? Also, photo 32 should come with a health warning.
  20. A Day At Beamish Museum

    Can't remember how long ago I last visited. I expect there have been lots of changes since. Did Pam have a good rest in the netty ( toilet to you posh people ) Chris. ?
  21. Box 'o' Goodies

    Lots of useful stuff there Richard. I'm still gradually sorting John's machine tools which he passed on to me. Made use of a lot of them already.
  22. Wheel Horse SD Deck

    I wonder who that could be ? Norm, we need a clue.
  23. A mowing we will go.

    Are you growing a beard Norm, or has your hair just slipped.
  24. Wheel Horse RJ-58 Restoration

    Looks good Ewan. Like the green test area too.
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