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About RustyNumbat

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    TD35, Fordson Major e27n

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  1. It's going to be left up to my tame mechanic to get into it at some stage, though I don't see it happening any time in the next decade with the list of stuff he's "gonna". With any luck it's simply the water cavities want cleaning out...
  2. I *finally* got around to scanning my TD35 manual, here it is for any and all vintage enthusiasts to utilise. Down with the photocopy scalpers on ebay! Google drive link Other good sources for manuals are the smokstak forums, which has a dedicated subforum for manuals. And the website ManualsLib seems to have a good many there too.
  3. Finally got to use this machine at the local big vintage show, and the bloody thing overheated in short order! There really is something not right in the head with it. Hoping we can rip the blade kit off of it and pull the head to find out what's going on sometime in the future...
  4. Just a bit of "a year later" on the first thing I painted, if anyone is interested to see the results. Both grey parts were painted at the same time (on the left it's mostly rusty now) The horizontal bar in the centre was wire brushed back, cured with a paint on rust converter then airbrushed with grey primer. The right hand wheel was sandblasted, though not completely to bare metal, then airbrushed with grey primer. As you can see the cleaner surface and lack of rust underneath means the wheel is still looking relatively beautiful, compared to the left hand even though it was treated with rust converter. I have no doubt if I had sprayed over the wheel with a top enamel coat it'd still look flawless. So there you go, surface preparation really is as important as the label says!
  5. Well said. I think a lot of Americans don't realise, you're the most economically and militarily important nation on the planet. A considerable amount of news time in foreign countries covers the actions of your country, with good reason as it effects all sorts of things all over the world. Which is why your leader is a laughing stock. He runs his mouth via social media without any regard for advisors or diplomacy, which literally causes diplomatic relations (or more importantly stock markets) to change on a whim. I dare say he's done more damage for US relations via his unfiltered twitter feed than any policy that passed through the normal systems. That's not "keeping it real like a champion of the common man" that's having a drunk driver at the wheel. Really I just come into these types of threads to see the spectacle of dyed in the wool supporters who treat it like a sport without any actual regard for the forces shaping their country. OUR TEAM GOOD, ANY OTHER TEAM BAD. "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." Mark Twain
  6. You're quite right, the solution our government has shamefully stood by has been condemned by the UN and all. Nice to see right wingers getting upset by some musings from someone on the other side of the world, though I wouldn't go so extreme as to call you snowflakes or something childish like that 😌 As for THE WALL, just like our country the USA has the biggest "illegals" issue through people coming on planes and staying over their visa terms, by a huge margin. You wouldn't need to slug the taxpayer XX-billion dollars to fund an improvement in security there. But WE NEED A LITERAL WALL is a dog whistle issue to get people emotionally charged, seems to work well. You have a nice big moat across a lot of your border, that doesn't help much so what will a wall achieve? Plus border crossing have apparently been dropping ever since the mid noughties, so it should be LESS of a hot topic than during the Bush Jr era! But again, it makes for a nice hot topic to get people divided on, and divert away from other things... Suppose I'm not allowed to walk in and voice an opinion on a general discussion forum, since I ain't protected by a first amendment and all in my gulag here 🤯
  7. This thread reminds me of a good story. Been around dairy animals a lot through a family farm, then I started working "up north" where cattle stations the size of small US states blend with mining sites. Had my fair share of getting close to these free roaming brahmin-cross animals whilst I was in a vehicle, but never on foot. One time staying at a mining camp there was a group of animals in the camp, they'd come in to graze the lawns and the gardens. I was walking to dinner and thought I'd move close to this yearling on the footpath and it would hurry along. Big mistake, I got within its personal space and instantly swung its head around and had a go! Laughed at myself the rest of the night, thinking I could treat free range animals like a dairy animal.
  8. Don't be so sour, you're free to join as our 7th state whenever you like bro🤣 Not all yanks are so delicate as that either, considering the Union won. It is nice to see people of various stances discussing the illegals situation with a bit more nuance and tact than "THEY TOOK OUR JERBS SHOOT EM ALL!" but I have to laugh at anyone supporting this wall nonsense. It's very clearly just being used as a wedge issue to distract from other issues. There's no sane reason to construct a literal wall across the US border, as opposed to increasing the level of the current border systems in place no doubt for much cheaper. A wall is no good unless it's constantly manned, anyone wanting to get through an unprotected wall could do so very easily... And the fact the president shut down the government over it, over one single bill, is hilarious. Real tantrum stuff, but doing some research I see Reagan was a real fan of it too. We sorted out that supply-blocking-nonsense back in the 70s where our Prime Minister was sacked by our head of state because of it. Not a very delicate solution, but it has never happened since. Then again we don't run on a two party system either. And what's with this "socialism" buzz word being thrown around? I don't think it means what some people think it means, some bogeyman. 20 billion dollars a year in ag subsidies sure sounds like socialism to me.
  9. Luckily I live in a freedomless, gulag covered socialist hellhole so the surgery to fix that will be federally funded by the 3% higher taxes we pay 😝
  10. Eliciting a hard emotional response, shouting down "the others" as traitors and enemies of the people who should be set upon, calling out the nations "debt to fallen soldiers"... You know those are all hallmarks of fascism right? Your president is under investigation for foreign influence, by the dreaded Reds no less. You yanks are crazy 🤣
  11. I think I'm getting a bit clever, I'll tie up a tarp to the front axel and have it under the machine lower towards the rear, creating a catchment sheet. Everything should run down the chassis and off the sump onto the sheet then to the back where I can collect it with a plastic tub. Steam cleaner sounds really good, does it get everything off or do you still degrease?
  12. So I'm degreasing larger and larger parts for my Fordson Major project, how do people degrease large parts? My technique is a squirt bottle filled with degreaser diluted with water, scrubbing, spraying, scrubbing more, spraying, ragging then rinsing. However as the parts get larger how on earth do you do this in a way that catches all the residue so you can dispose of it somewhere environmentally responsibly? So far I've been using a big plastic tub with parts either held or suspended on a saw horse over it, which I then go and tip out the dregs on a firebreak somewhere on the property where nothing that grows is wanted. But now I have to work out what to do with the draw bar attachment which is a yard in length! Perhaps I need to get creative and suspend it and do one fork at at time so it can all drip down into the catcher... And I don't even want to think about how I'll do the engine and underside of the tractor, probably just take it to where I don't mind the runoff and do it there... I realise many old timers are fine with just washing all directly into their drainage, but my shed shares the home block with the house, dogs, kids and gardens so I'm keen to keep the place fairly runoff free.... Here's a photo update if anyone is interested
  13. You could buy mine it's only in Australia Great thread les mais, more photos of the pulled apart engine please!
  14. A few more photos from today on this imgur album https://imgur.com/a/09kHuKW
  15. If that ain't a country song already someone needs to make it one 😀Possibly Woody Guthrie style, though he'd use dust instead of rust...
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