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    We have an old petrol / paraffin Major, proper old skool. But It's too big for me to handle in my little workshop.

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    As for skills. I’ve never tried anything like this before, I guess the closest thing would be owning and working on a defender.
    Shouldn't be too difficult, but you may run into Dunning Kruger when asking for help. There are people who assume because they find something easy to understand or do, then everyone else should find it just as easy. I had a college math teacher like that & it was a complete PITA...mostly because she would also teach 3 or 4 different ways to do the same problem so she so basically taught confusion & damn near the entire class (about 60 students) failed the mid term & the final...
    The issue with resto stuff is one person asks how to do something, they get 100 replies, 95 of them are total bollocks & the 5 guys who know WTF they doing get drowned out by the half assed masses. It's not really an issue on here, but it's cascading clusterfuck on FB.
    I'm betting there are any number of books on restoring tractors.
    I have two:
    Busted tractors & rusty knuckles.

    The tractor in the haystack.

    Neither are really how-to books, more along the lines of "here's what I did".

    If you want a great book of resto techniques get this one, it's *The Bible* of auto resto:

    https://www.amazon.com/Standard-Guid.../dp/0873411889

    & while it's one of those books where you can go read up on how to do a particular job, it's also a really enjoyable read from cover to cover like a novel (or maybe I'm just a weird bugger).

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    The links probably tell you more than I could, but I'd say tractors are more straightforward than a Land Rover.

    Everything is big enough to get a grip on and strongly made.

    There are techniques only used on tractors and similar plant, like sliding the front and back halves apart and back together on wooden blocks separated by grease or poly bags.

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    I wouldn't even piss about doing the wheels myself. If you're going the red wheels/blue tractor route I'd just send them off to a powder coater & be done with it. Saves you all the ballache & then you only have to buy blue paint.

    Stock up on consumables at the start:
    Box of red scotchbrite pads.
    Red & brown 3in roloc scotchbrite discs for your pneumatic die grinders (don't piss about buying a few, just buy a box of each)
    Several grades of roloc sanding discs. (ditto)
    Box of cheapo chip brushes for cleaning stuff. Like this: https://www.harborfreight.com/36-pie...hes-61491.html
    Rarely even worth cleaning after use, just bin em.

    & on the subject of die grinders. Horrible Fright has these cheap contraptions:
    https://www.harborfreight.com/catalo...&q=die+grinder

    Buy a few. straight & 90deg. Saves faffery when changing from sanding discs to scotchbrite to cut off wheels etc. I bought a pile of them when they were $7.99 each on sale on the basis of just tossing them when they crapped out. That was about 10-12 years ago, they still all work. I think Clarke(?) sell the same cheap crap as Horrible Fright, or maybe it's Sealey (or both).... But don't skimp on the roloc discs, the cheap ones aren't worth a damn. & don't buy the 2in versions, just the 3in... but buy a 2in mandrel so you can use the semi-knackered 3in discs on them to get a bit more use from them.

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    Iíll go digging this weekend and start collecting the parts up, clean and blast what I can fit in my blaster. Audit as I go...

    Might have a replacement engine sorted.

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    Are these things held together with regular Imperial/AF nuts & bolts etc, or is Whitworth/BS/BA involved?

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    Thatís a good question, luckily I have quite a few old spannerís, but I think they are just imperial/AF

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    Do it

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    Are these things held together with regular Imperial/AF nuts & bolts etc, or is Whitworth/BS/BA involved?
    The Fords I've seen were SAE (American, became "Unified").

    Not so sure about 1950s Perkins parts though.

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    YAY... it's the weekend. Operation Fucked Old Dexta begins.....

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    Just showed this thread to my wife. I was just telling her last weekend about people collecting/restoring tractors. She couldn't understand why. Bikes she understands, we had my first Le Mans and her DT175MX in the backroom of our first house. She can't see a reason for tractors though.

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    Do it .loads and loads of old tractors here .mate did his up and it's lovely .shame I can't post photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuzziPaul View Post
    Just showed this thread to my wife. I was just telling her last weekend about people collecting/restoring tractors. She couldn't understand why. Bikes she understands, we had my first Le Mans and her DT175MX in the backroom of our first house. She can't see a reason for tractors though.
    I can see that blokes like tractors, so they fix them up. I could even have a soft spot for the Fordson myself.



    It gets a bit strange when they have a practical diesel tractor with a drawbar and link arms, but never use it for anything or get it dirty. They parade it along the road in a line with other bright shiny old tractors and line them up at a show. There should be a prize for best tractor bore.

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    I recently re commissioned this Massey FE , 1957.



    Body work has been painted now but I have not got a picture with it on.


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