Author Topic: It's BIG, Yellow and digs holes! JCB 3CX Project 8 is joining the Tractor Shed  (Read 9360 times)

Offline vtsteam

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Sometimes discretion really is the better part of valor.  :dremel:  :beer:
I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
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With all the faffing about failing to get the steering ram pin out I hadn't finished the tie rod - the off side bush, pin and seals were still sitting on my desk in the workshop nagging me.

So with slight trepidation, not wanting to start another mammoth task I set too. And I'm delighted to say that the pin came out with two bursts of the air hammer and the entire job took about an hour including rebuilding my grease gun :clap:

Quite significant wear on this side (why more here  :scratch:) - the nominal 25 mm pin was down to 24 mm in places and the bush was at 26.5 at the worst place.

Previously, when the front end was up on the bucket you could grasp a wheel and rock it quite a bit - now there is no discernible play  :thumbup:

So just that pesky steering ram bush and pin, but that will have to wait until the season is over. If only it was a 'through pin' and not buried in a blind hole.
Andrew Mawson
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Must feel good to have the steering tight, though.  :clap:
I love it when a Plan B comes together!
Steve
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I got a call the other day from the chap who I bought the JCB from. He'd found the 'engine covers' which he hadn't thought that he still had.

These were originally optional extras, and a designed to reduce noise as much as keep the engine clean of mud etc. Project 7 ones and Project 21 ones regularly turn up on eBay (at a very silly high price) but I've not seen them for this Project 8/9 machine - available new but again at a silly price and they are by no means essential - but nice to have.

He let me have them for a modest price and they arrived this morning. Rather filthy so they've been pressure washed and will be mounted when the sound proofing has dried - or I may replace it as it's acoustic foam and showing it's age by being rather crumbly.

In other news: Ditching paused as the first lambs arrived this morning, one is not feeding and is on the bottle already, and as the lambing shed is on the other side of the hedge from where I'm ditching the attendant noise isn't wise!

Andrew Mawson
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Having had a fan blowing on them overnight the foam sound deadening on both engine panels is now dry, so I've re-fitted them.

The fit isn't brilliant - I suspect that the front nose cone / radiator cowl arrangement has met with a mishap at some time as the angle that it sits at isn't quite right compared to the shape of the panels. I can't see that the panels have altered so the cowl must be bolted on at a slightly jaunty angle.

. . . another winter job to put on the list but again definitely a non-urgent one.


In other news, reluctant ram lamb now feeding off mum, but I still can't resume ditching as we've have modest rain for two days and the ground is no firmer than it was before
Andrew Mawson
East Sussex