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So I have to find a new one.
I also restored the oil manometer. It works very well and it is original. I am happy with the result.

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When I fixed the front steering bar I managed to break the threaded stud of the right ball joint....

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After much cursing I took a look at the old steering bar which still had the ball joints attached. Very attached because they had been welded to the bar...

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I started to think that recovering one of the ball joints was going to be hopeless, so I started looking for a replacement in the net. As it turned out, all the replacements available were of a different design with the grease nipple attached at the bottom, not on the side. Only a tractor junkyard in the UK seemed to have one available but the owner still could not understand the new trade rules after brexit regarding taxes, so, after a long wait, I decided to give the old steering bar a chance.
I started cutting the weld, but the joint still refused to turn. I tried so hard that I managed to break the bar. It is amazing the amount of steel that I have broken with my own hands. This left the stud blocked inside the joint. Some more cursing and I started drilling the inside of the stud until I left a threaded shell that I could remove. One of these days I will buy a press drill...

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Then I finished the ball joint with an angle grinder with a sanding disk.

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And primed it. It took me many hours, but I am very proud of the final result.

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I cleaned the radiator once again and sanded the overhead tank and the lower part.

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Then I painted it with heat resistant paint.

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And installed it. Probably I will have to take it apart once again because I intend to make a shroud for the fan which is lacking.
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Then I started cleaning the air filter. Believe me, it really had to be cleaned...
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The oil pan has a couple of bumps which are beyond my abilities because the inner cup is a hindrance when trying to hammer them out. I will take it to a professional workshop to get it right.

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And here is the dashboard. The key switch still has to be fixed because the attachment provided is unusable...The ID plate has not been attached yet because I have to engrave the serial number. I have not identified the original engine number because, as I have already explained, the motor block is a replacement.

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In the meantime, a newcomer arrived home from Asturias, north Spain. A present from a friend of mine. It is a Renault D30 with a three cylinder Perkins engine. It will have to wait a long while as I have a Fahr D177 to restore once I finish the Cropmaster. But that will be another story...

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You do amazing work, and the next tractor looks pretty straight to me.
 

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Thank you Jim. The Renault has a Perkins three cylinder diesel engine and should be easy to overhaul, but the cowl and grille have a lot of rot and will have to be repaired in a pro workshop. However, I expect it to be easier to restore than the Fahr.
 

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Back to business!
I installed an old fashioned drain tap. It is not the exact tap, but the asking price for an original tap was a true lot of money, so I decided to put this in its place.

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And then I cleaned the air filter and stripped its paint. I also filled some bumps. The oil pan is being repaired in a workshop.

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And then I primed it.

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Essentially, what I am doing now is to restore several independent units and ready them for paint. Using a two pack urethane paint you have to mix a sizeable amount of paint and use it in less than three hours, so you have to prepare several parts with a large surface not to waste paint.
 

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For the time being I have readied for paint the steering bar, the radiator frame and the air filter. I will also finish the grille, the steering column and the front wheels and then I will paint all of them with one paint load.
 

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I have also finished the fuel system. Y cut both tubes coming out from the tank to the two way tap and used the original fittings with a piece of flexible fuel line.

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I stamped the serial number in the dash plate. I thought I would mess it and considered to take the plate to an engraver, but the original was hand stamped, so there it went.

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I also made the wiring of the dash board and when I finished, I fixed the plate to the board, but one of the 1/8 brass screws broke and I will not be able to install the whole dashboard until I find a replacement...☠
In case this is useful to anybody, this is the wiring plan:

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More nice progress. Do you keep a log or record of your time spent on your projects? Your photo records are great!
 

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Thank you Jim.
This a relatively rare tractor and I thought that the pics might be useful to somebody intending to restore another sample.
I never record the time or the money spent. I am a self taught shadow tree tractor restorer and this is just a fantastic hobby for me. I wish I could dedicate it some more time, but my professional duties are intense and tiring. Fortunately my wife understands that tractor restoring is my steam releasing valve.
 
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