All the wiring related to the dash has been labelled, installed and fixed before placing it on the tank. The choke cable is also ready. Now I have to go through my own pics and the manuals to find how the cables were tied.
I have attached this strip of fiber cloth to the tank. It is there to avoid scratching the tank with the cowling. I used the belt of a blind that can be found in any hardware store. The original was made of cotton, but cotton traps moisture, and moisture means rust, so I upgraded the strip to a modern fiber one. I dipped both ends in superglue to avoid fraying. The color shoud be a bit paler but it is good enough for me.
Today I started filling the cooling system with antifreeze coolant. Then the water pump started to leak badly...
I felt truly demoralized when I saw those drops falling happily.
I really should have checked the pump and the whole cooling system and not only the radiator, but the pump looked fine with no endplay at all and I decided to trust my good luck.
But worse was yet to come.
So I took out the radiator out again, and then the pump. I cleaned all the rust inside the rotor chamber and the seal remnants.
Then I went to Pepe ´s workshop as he has a good press to extract the rotor.
We fitted the pump carefully in the press...
And then the press blasted the whole pump body casting. A big chunk of steel hit my left elbow. It still hurts a lot but, thank God, does not seem to be broken.
Having received a clear message that today is not the day to keep playing the fool in the shop, I ordered a new pump and went home to get some pain killers, a drink, and a good lunch followed by a homeric siesta.
I think that some days our abilities to make handcrafts is somehow impaired. If you detect that you are in one of those days, best that you can do is read a good book while you listen to some music with a glass of your favourite drink. Anything is better than damaging something or getting harmed.
The water pump is easy to find. Unfortunately most of them are located in the UK and there is a considerable mess about VAT, custom taxes and some other expenses after Brexit, so you never know how much you are going to pay at the end of the day. Fortunately, european dealers are reacting and they now provide most of the spare parts that some months ago were only provided by british spare parts companies. I found one spare water pump in Netherlands and another one in the Spanish branch of a french dealer. This last one is the pump I bought. It will be here on Monday and I am glad about it because I hate the look of the tractor without the pump.
I started cleaning the headlights. There was some rust inside and some nuts and screws refused to oblige. The mirrors were rather decayed. It was not chromed but covered in a silver hue. I went to the paint shop and found an accurate color to restore both.
Then I started sanding the headlights hoods and rims. Now they are being primed. I will leave the cavities of the hoods as they are now, because the paint was in a good shape, there is something written with gold paint in them, and a good cleaning was all that was needed.
In the meantime, I have overhauled the hour meter. The dial glass was dirty and broken. The plates were dirty and damaged and the numbers were dirty and hardly visible. This is the hour meter with the paint stripped.
Now all that remains is a good coat of urethane paint. I am gathering several items in order to paint them all together: the air filter, radiator bracket, headlights brackets and grille. And maybe some more like the steering column.
The cooling pump was not the only leak in the cooling system. There was also another leak in the block drain tap. As a matter of fact, there were two different leaks in the tap.
So I began looking for a replacement. But, first, I took a look to the parts manual and I discovered that originally there was no tap there but a winged plug. So I went shopping and found a suitable plug for 1,5 euros in a plumbers´ store. Not winged, but good enough for me.
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