• Thanks again for the leads on the oil filter. I’ve looked at the one on the auction site and decided to order it. If it doesn’t fit then I’ll have to think of something else but it sounded like the only sensible thing to do.

    Progress hasn’t been that fast towards the end of the week as I have a part time job on Thursdays and Fridays; it keeps me…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the tip, Andy. The fitting does look the same and the description fits the build year as well- they are for a Reliant 600cc built between 1964-68. The only trouble is that it looks too long on the photo so I’ll have to send them an email to ask for dimensions. It seems a little pedantic but the cover fits very close to the end of the…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the tip, Andy. The fitting does look the same and the description fits the build year as well- they are for a Reliant 600cc built between 1964-68. The only trouble is that it looks too long on the photo so I’ll have to send them an email to ask for dimensions. It seems a little pedantic but the cover fits very close to the end of the…[Read more]

  • Hi, Andy, I’ve looked but can’t find them- if you’ve found some on there could you send me a PM with a link or some other way to find them? That would really get me out of a hole.

    I think I’ve found an air filter but everyone I ask so far has told me to re-use the old engine oil filter as they are no longer available. Help!!

  • If you had any doubts about the efficiency of electrolysis for de-rusting delicate items, here’s the proof. The photo below was taken this morning, barely sixteen hours since I started the process, and you can see a thick layer of rust on top of the liquid in the bucket. It has removed all of the rust and all that’s required now is a wire brush…[Read more]

  • Thanks for that, Charlie, I’ll give it a go if it stops raining. It needs to be a gentle action so that the paint survives intact, so a garden hose will probably be the answer.

  • The engine and gearbox have now been thoroughly cleaned on the outside and what a difference it makes! Before everything just looked dull and worn out, but now the bright aluminium of the block and gearbox really do lift it. I would be lying if I said it was easy- I spent the whole day painting on brake cleaner then scrubbing it off, then…[Read more]

  • What do you do if you want to know something? You ask an expert, which is what I did with the radiator today. Not only was the core blocked between the fins with grass cuttings but the vertical tubes were also blocked internally making for a very poor flow rate. I’d noticed that the engine warmed up very quickly but assumed it was because somebody…[Read more]

  • The cylinder and bottom blade are now with Allett Mowers at Stafford for sharpening. I hope they can face up the bottom blade as the screws look as if they’ve been in for some time; from experience I’m guessing that the countersunk heads will shear off if I try to move them leaving me with no alternative but to drill and tap each hole, quite a…[Read more]

  • It looks a lot like an ATCO from the backbone chassis, but then that was air cooled with a Villiers engine.

  • Next on the agenda was the removal of the cutting cylinder and bottom blade carrier. The cylinder looked simple enough with four countersunk screws at each end holding the cylinder bearings to the frame, so I parted the chain, unbolted the sprocket off the drive end and removed it then attacked the screws. Luckily they all came out without too…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the tip, Dave. I was using petrol because I had a jerry can full in the corner! I suppose you could say that I’ve actually found a use for E10 petrol- it cleans oil and dirt off chains and sprockets really well. I was working on the basis that it must be good for something because it’s awful to use as a fuel.

  • Any of our members can show under the VHGMC banner at any of their local (or otherwise) agricultural shows. For this reason we provide Public Liability cover up to a maximum indemnity of £5 million.

    One thing that show organisers tend to ask for these days is insurance cover for road risks; some time back a law was passed which raised the…[Read more]

  • I think the prize would go to the front A-frames on the Ransomes Motor Triple. How many people have been knocked senseless by taking the pin out and forgetting that the frame is sprung loaded? I haven’t, but know of one or two in the day.

  • Hmmmmm, let’s see- loosely connected to Gunsmith? Would that be the BMB Plowmate?

  • OK, lets have another picture then! I see you tried to upload a third one but it didn’t come out.

  • I’ve spent most of the day on the Allett today. First off was to remove the grassbox and carrying brackets- I’ve got enough lumps on my shins from walking into Mastiff brackets so I’m determined not to add to the collection. Even the grassbox has had a lot of thought behind it so that the carrying bolts will act as pivots to empty it; the washers…[Read more]

  • trusty220 replied to the topic Early Trusty Rebuild in the forum Projects 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Our local farm supplies, TFM Machinery, sells Tractol enamel. The green that I used on the toolframe was labelled as Ransomes Green but it is the old shade that they used up to the mid-eighties. It’s a little lighter than the current shade of green that Ransomes use but I thought I’d use it to show up the toolframe better.

    Thanks for the kind comments.

  • Hi, John. Those wheels look like Gunsmith. Am I right?

  • That was exactly what I was going to do- leave it alone! When I was running it the other day the only adverse noises that I could hear were an excessive tappet noise. Roy Allett says that one of the service mods done on them during their working life was to set inlet and exhaust valves both to 8 thou. I will investigate over the weekend and let…[Read more]

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