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“ it’s alive “ ( again )

Finally  got some spare time and to rearrange the fuel system, new fuel lift pump now fitted to the block and the blanking plate swapped over. 
 

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Decided to fit a new fuel filter as well only to find out the previous owner had stripped the threads on the bleed screw and bodged it up with a ton of ptfe tape!!

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Quick repair, cut down a 3/8 unc bolt and tap a new thread. 
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Lastly refitted the down pipe and kept with the tractor theme by fitting an exhaust box from a Fordson dexter, perfect fit and was used for these engines. 
 

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Connected a temporary battery and fired it up, these engines may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it started on the button and didn’t blow any smoke. 
 

Question time!!!

While it was running I noticed air bubbles being drawn into the fuel lift pump so I shut it down assuming it was running out of fuel, there’s no gauges on these trucks so I dipped the drivers side tank and it was full ( result ) but it has a sweet smell, has anyone got any ideas ?
 

So now assuming it is drawing air in from the fuel pipe, I dipped the passenger tank and was also full but smelt normal, switched over to the passenger tank and no air bubbles. 

Also while it was idling it sounded like there was a pinking noise from the exhaust , does anyone have any ideas on this? 

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1 hour ago, super6 said:

Looking good, these engines were always good starters, but were not used in Fordson Dextas, that's a Perkins derivative.

My mistake, I thought I read somewhere that both engines had been used, either way the exhaust was a nice fit. 

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On 7/29/2020 at 8:57 PM, 67burwood said:

“ it’s alive “ ( again )

Also while it was idling it sounded like there was a pinking noise from the exhaust , does anyone have any ideas on this? 

Possibly an exhaust valve not seating properly or sticking in the guide,

One crude check is to use a strip of paper held at the tail pipe while on tick over, it should stream out evenly.   If it repeatedly sucks back to the pipe and then blows out again it can indicate an exhaust valve issue which could be seat, valve, guide or spring related or a combination of all those things, did I mention it was crude test ?

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33 minutes ago, Pete Ashby said:

Possibly an exhaust valve not seating properly or sticking in the guide,

One crude check is to use a strip of paper held at the tail pipe while on tick over, it should stream out evenly.   If it repeatedly sucks back to the pipe and then blows out again it can indicate an exhaust valve issue which could be seat, valve, guide or spring related or a combination of all those things, did I mention it was crude test ?

Pete

Not heard of that one before but definitely worth checking, the idle was smooth and it didn’t sound like it was missing, it might just be a tinny exhaust box but I will be investigating. 

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5 minutes ago, MatchFuzee said:

Could the diesel have been contaminated with antifreeze? 

Don’t know, it’s a similar smell and colour is slightly darker than usual, could have been mixed with oil or some cheap alternative to diesel. 

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“ it was a momentous moment “

The crowds had come from miles...well my neighbour Simon had popped over.

The moment had come to reunite the lower cab with the chassis!!

You could feel the tension, the sweat was pouring down our faces.... well some doughnut decided to fit the cab on the hottest day!!

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The cab was pushed out and sat in the shade while final preparations were made

 

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The moment had come, we lifted it, sat it on its mountings ( thank god all the new mountings lined up ) and 2 minutes later it was all over!!

 “ We grabbed a smoke sat back and admired our work  “

30 seconds later “ bloodily hell its hot, I am going in “

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little and large 

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Now it’s a bit cooler I took the opportunity to do some more preparation work

I planned a marathon secession of paint removal and priming 🙄 oh joy!!
 

I sorted out various panels from the engine bay, seat mounts, grill and pretty much anything that looked straight forward ( for a change )

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And so it began, gloves, mask, ear defenders, armed with preparation discs and wire brush cup.  
 

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Finished at last, slightly dirty and garage needs a hose out but done. 
 

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Primed with grey oxide 

 

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something reacted with the primer on a seat mount, not sure what but will investigate later. 
 

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The badge came up well after several layers of paint were removed. 
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2 hours ago, 67burwood said:

Primed with grey oxide 

something reacted with the primer on a seat mount, not sure what but will investigate later. 
 

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Most likely with traces of the original paint, what type of primer are you using (Cellulose, or Xylene based one) ?

Cheers

Richard

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1 hour ago, 64EK26 said:

Most likely with traces of the original paint, what type of primer are you using (Cellulose, or Xylene based one) ?

Cheers

Richard

Hi Richard 

I’ve thinned it with Xylene, its most likely a reaction with some old paint but it was very quick to occur, it just started to bleed through as soon as the primer hit it, no pickling just started to run red. 

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It’s thin metal welding time!!  again🤨
 

Had  a few small repairs to carry out before the panels get painted 

Bottom end of an engine bay panel, obviously a weak point as it’s been repaired before.

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Second up was the passenger seat, this had suffered due to the canvas roof cover rotting away and leaving it open to the elements.
 

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Frame repair was straight forward enough 

 

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The seat base was slightly more work!!

 

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It would be much easier just to replace the base but you would loose the pressed shape of the panel, so trim the edges and get welding.

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A bit of filler, fettling and sanding 

 

Not quite invisible but once painted and covered with a seat cushion it will definitely do the job.

 

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Great progress.. I'm more of a "wire wheel/sanding disc on a grinder" person myself, I've had some sandblasting done but prefer the "personal touch" as you see more if you do it yourself..

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I’ve not had any sand blasting done yet, it’s all been stripped with woven pad preparation wheels, wire cups, blood, sweat and tears......😬

I am bit worried that if I get it sand blasted there will be nothing left to copy. 

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I know this is a long shot but does anyone have an engine cover for my Fordson wot6....?

Thought I would ask before I start to make one just incase there’s one gathering dust and long forgotten in someone’s garage 🤞

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4 hours ago, 67burwood said:

I know this is a long shot but does anyone have an engine cover for my Fordson wot6....?

Thought I would ask before I start to make one just incase there’s one gathering dust and long forgotten in someone’s garage 🤞

It is not something you can replicate easily as it is a rather curvaceous cover. I dont have a photo of the one I worked on unfortunately. The only other Ford that is similar is the WOT8 and I suspect it is the same, but they are much rarer trucks.

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At the moment  I have no idea what it looks like or if it was fitted to any other vehicles, I’ve been in contact with a chap via MVT who’s got a wot6, he’s going to take some pictures
( hopefully soon ) to give me an idea. 

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