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Everything posted by Alan

  1. Wheel Horse RJ-58 Restoration

    Impressive work Ewan. A hood with that many holes would usually finish up in the skip.
  2. Newark Tractor and Heritage Show

    Another good assortment Paul. Your camera must have been in need of a holiday by the end of the show.
  3. Nice to have visit from Triumph 66

    I wonder where that grinder came from. I'm sure I've seen it before. Could be wrong though. But I'm not.
  4. Nice to have visit from Triumph 66

    No good visiting John's place again Andrew. There's nothing left. Unless you want a caravan. Chris will tow it home for you. He's good at towing caravans.
  5. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Hi Pete. Can't be sure of engine model but I saved the carb assembly from a similar scrapped engine. Just taken photo's. A few here. Maybe someone can determine if it would fit your engine.
  6. Joy Rider Strikes

    Works OK for me. Didn't take long to load either. Less than a minute. Looks and sounds good Norm.
  7. 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.
  8. HALF a HORSE.

    After looking for a suitable steering wheel on the internet without success, one was made up. Lots of ready made wheels but too large, too small, near enough the correct diameter but with a rim much too thick for scale etc. A local metal fabricator advertised various scroll work items for gates, garden furniture and so on. A visit was made expecting them to have a ring rolling machine. "Never heard of one" was the reply from one staff member. He called another older person, same answer. When I asked how they made the scroll work they advertised, "We don't, we buy it in ready made from China". Mr Showman had previously mentioned that a friend might be able to roll a ring up. Within a few days I had a 7:1/2" ring x 3/8" section. The hub is a previously drilled cap screw with the spokes from flat strip jammed between two nuts after having a bend made at the inner ends. After trimming the spokes to length and clamping down Chris welded all the joints up. Thanks Chris. I keep thinking I ought to buy a welder but it probably wouldn't get much use. Grinding the welds down was easier than expected, especially around the hub, using a Dremel. A slot was cut in the cap screw head for a roll pin which together with a nut held the wheel onto the column. Two short pieces of tube were pressed / hammered over the nuts and all the joints blended in with filler. The last photo shows the pin resting on the head of the cap screw which is the column bush. This still needs a sleeve over it to finish off. Also a cap made for the wheel center. I should have made the spokes with a steeper angle but too late now. My great grandson, pictured above, liked it anyway.
  9. Wheel Horse RJ-58 Restoration

    Good job on the tank Ewan. I have one of similar construction from a lawnmower which would fit under the hood of Half a Horse if unsoldered and the non stepped end shortened in length. Might need a long range tank for the rally fields. We often did seal mods at work if the original size was not available. Usually a thin steel sleeve pressed into a bore with the nearest standard size seal inserted. Sometimes went the other way and opened out the bore to take a larger seal. Depended on the job and what was available. Keep up the good work.
  10. Happy birthday Paul

    Happy Birthday Paul.

    Yes, a Roper. ANOTHER ROPER.
  12. Had To Let One Go.

    Never mind Chris. More room in your sheds for something else now.
  13. Happy Birthday Cub Cadet

    Happy birthday Ewan. Have fun.
  14. A rude awakening.

    On the bright side, free logs. Better hurry though Norm. Chris is already on his way.
  15. Wheel Horse RJ-58 Restoration

    Looks good Ewan. Getting there.
  16. HALF a HORSE.

    Those are mummy's arms Chris.
  17. HALF a HORSE.

    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.
  18. Happy Birthday Headexam.

    Happy Birthday Alain.
  19. Getting ready for Newbury

    Nice display Paul.
  20. Happy Birthday slf-uk

    What colour was Joseph when the painting was finished. ?
  21. Happy Birthday slf-uk

    Happy Birthday Iain. Have a good one.
  22. HALF a HORSE.

    Thanks Ewan. You do a good job yourself.
  23. Getting ready for Newbury

    The yellow sprayer looks smart Paul. A big difference since the last time I saw it.
  24. HALF a HORSE.

    The fuel tank, non working, was bent up around a scrap wood former. The measurements were again supplied by my man with the tape, Iain, along with good side view photo's which showed the radius of each corner ! Although the base of the tank was wider than the top, all corners were the same radius. The original idea was to bend the alloy around the former then remove it which left the question, how to fix it all together. The obvious solution, apart from alloy welding, was to screw the panels to the wood which would be left in place hidden from sight. Odd bits of wood were dug out, cut to size, and screwed together after first using the ends to mark out and cut the alloy outer plates. These were bolted to the wood with countersunk BA bolts, the heads blended in with filler. The main panel was cut to size and after carefully lining up, was screwed to the underside of the former. Then it was bent around one face at a time, securing with screws before moving on to the next, and finishing on the underside. Where else. All the screw holes were countersunk, the screws again being blended in with filler. The filler neck was a short piece of alloy bar, screwed into place, and finished off with a cap from an oil can. Rubber edge trim was fitted after painting.
  25. Happy Birthday Stormin!

    Happy Birthday Norm.
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