Workshop News – Fordson Repaired

On the way to Derby Fire Show, the Fordson broke down. A catastrophic loss of power, and mechanical noises from deep within the engine that made me fear the worst. I was seriously looking at a full engine rebuild sooner rather than later.

Anyway, a visit from my mechanic chap, Clive Press, was one of the best days in vintage garage work – you don’t get many like this.

He found that the points were burned, the condenser suspect, the coil overheated, the timing too advanced and the mixture too lean. It now runs a dream, and with any luck should be a bit more economical to run – it was the thirstiest at around 5 mpg!

The Mobile Canteen is making slow progress as the two people currently involved have been away on other jobs, but it now has some new galvanised sheet, some of which is actually fitted, and floor boards cut to size. The wire wheels are still not back from being re-spoked – there was still snow on the ground when they were sent away! But hopefully they will be back soon.

Progress should pick up soon with two, three or even four people on the job from next week. It would still be nice to get ti running for Woodhall Spa, the first weekend of August.

About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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