The Fordson is having some major surgery to sort out a number of major problems: overheating, flat battery, poor starting, and then recommissioning the Barton pump.
Progress so far:
- The radiator has been flushed, and an electric fan fitted
- The dashboard removed, stripped, painted and rewired
- Instruments refurbished, including recommissioning the temperature gauge, which has not worked for at least 30 years, if not longer
- 12V starter motor fitted to replace the 6V one, which also had a worn-out pinion (luckily the ring gear on the flywheel is OK)
- Alternator fitted in place of the 6V dynamo
- The original indicator controls on the steering wheel have been overhauled and rewired
- The pump priming chambers and floats are almost ready for re-assembly
- The slots in the floor for the pedals have been straightened, enlarged and painted, with new rubber being fitted
- The interior of the front of the cab has been repained while it is all accessible
Still to do includes
- Wiring the fan
- Final loose ends and testing of the rewiring
- Refitting the dashboard and connecting the instruments
- checking the ignition timing
- Fitting the radiator and radiator grille
- repainting the Barton pump
We would like to obtain or fabricate a new screen surround, and fit a water feed direct to the pump from the water tank.
But I think we have broken the back of the work.