Finally, my work is done

Put you photos of your Fergie here for all to see..
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Diamond Dave
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Finally, my work is done

Post by Diamond Dave » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:33 pm

..........for now, anyway. Hi guys. For all of those who are interested. Today was the big day when my Fergie was finally rolled out of the workshop as a finished article, and back on the field to work. Been a bit of a long haul with a few false starts but now she's up and away. I thought I'd put a few pictures up for all to see, this is my first refurb and I am in no way a mechanic, so I'm pretty chuffed with my finished project.I have to admit though, it is more of an aesthetic job than a mechanical one. When I got her she was a runner with minor issues like crap clutch, bad oil leak, no reverse or start, etc. but basically running reasonably well. I stripped it down and did in fact split engine away from gearbox in order to replace the clutch and main crank seal ( the source of the leak ) but didn't really have to do much else, engine wise. Lots of new parts like bearings, bushes, seals, etc. and some new tin work and later on a new starter motor and battery, but the rest of my work has been in stripping old paint and re-spraying bits as I re-built. Anyway, here are some shots....
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I have taken many many more, including lots of pictures of before and during. I'm intending to put them all together as a kind of story board ( yawn ! ) and add them to my web site, eventually. But for now these will do. Any feedback, good or bad, greatly received. Cheers for now. Dave.

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Re: Finally, my work is done

Post by Hiawatha » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:39 pm

Congratulations Dave , always a memorable day when the you can take that first drive down a sunny lane with a huge grin on your face , I recall mine well .
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Re: Finally, my work is done

Post by stiv » Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:28 pm


'As new. One careful owner'
Diamond Dave wrote:and back on the field to work.
I'd be to scared to use it. Ha, ha! I shall look forward to seeing some photos of it covered in mud...

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Re: Finally, my work is done

Post by John V » Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:37 pm

Great job,well done :thumbsup: .

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Re: Finally, my work is done

Post by Grunt » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:37 am

Get the paint chipped and the wheels muddy, treat her as she was intended, but not as badly as she was in her last life.

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Re: Finally, my work is done

Post by C@sp@r » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:10 am

Nicely done :thumbsup: , must have been a great feeling, driving her out again.
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Re: Finally, my work is done

Post by whitehillbillies » Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:10 am

Lovely Job.
I guess I should post my pics after several years of use,
Not so shiny any more.


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Re: Finally, my work is done

Post by Diamond Dave » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:16 pm

Thanks for the positive comments men. Just a quick update. Took her out in the field on Sunday with my topper attached. I know this will put the mockers on but she went like a dream. Starting on the nail using the gear lever start ( that's a first ! ), really smooth clutch and an amazingly clean, clear gear change, especially reverse ( which has always been a bit suspect ). Brakes not great but I'm guessing the new linings will take a bit to bed in. All in all a very positive day, probably time now to put her in a museum before anything goes wrong :lol:
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