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  1. Re: change of engine capacity, providing proof is not required when the vehicle is in the historic catagory. You may need to remind the DVLA of their rules.
  2. If a change of owner occurred then it would remain on the computer system the tax due date wouldn't be updated. Some of my trials bikes are like this with tax due dates going way back. In the 80s if you attempted to tax a vehicle with a buff logbook at the post office you were told they could no longer do it and you need to get a new style logbook at the DVLA local office. I suspect in the run up to the cut off for change over if you presented a buff log book at the post office they would send it off for replacement for you. In those days you needed to take in an insurance certificate, MOT if applicable and the logbook, or you had to fill in a lost logbook form.
  3. I think I have said this before a few times but in the early 80s the DVLAs new shimmery computer system was creaking at the seams and they were rapidly running out of storage space for more cars, so records of vehicles which had not had either a change of owner or been taxed for many years were archived and removed from the main system. These were vehicles which would have had a computerised record and logbook issued. Getting the record back when one of these vehicles comes back into use is a clerical matter. I don't believe that there is any automatic check done to see if a vehicle may be on the archived files if an application is made. When dealing with enquires of this type address your envelope"Clerical Vehicle Enquiries" do it will actually go to the correct department.
  4. I've forgotten who had this festering in the corner of their yard, could some one enlighten me. I'm in need of another classic van for the winter. Thanks
  5. They should fire pretty much instantly when everything is right, from memory choke held fully out and about 3/4 throttle on the hand lever then hit start. One of ours used to have a magneto system rather than the normal distributor, and it would start from cold easily off the starting handle
  6. Top tip, 6v battery requires mega thick leads, (think twice as thick as a 12v system, because they are having to carry more current) 70mm sq welding cable is both cheap and ideal for the job. A 12v conversion is also simple and the 6v starter is spec'd high enough to be used on 12v. Buy yourself a trickle charger as 6v batteries don't seem to last long
  7. I would be very tempted to cover the floor, engine cover and bulkhead in flashband once it's not rotten and you have stopped the leaks. It's cheaper than the amount of sound deadening pads you will need and works as well.
  8. They thought he would have died pretty much instantly. How about sending Mrs Spart on a chainsaw training course as a romantic* gift?
  9. If you look around on the internet there's the official ferguson manual available as a PDF. It is excellent, if you get stuck I have a copy on CD I can find out eventually. Will you be using the fergy to log up? If so the ferguson rear mounted saw bench is good but as with all PTO driven devices it will take no prisoners and ideally needs 2 people to operate, 1 person needs to stand by with a broom handle clearing the cuts out of the way. Old blades can be dangerous time damage and metal fatigue can lead to them shattering, I work with someone who found his neighbors body a couple of days after one shattered.
  10. Not meaning to teach anybody to suck eggs but do you know how the PTO and hydraulics system work on a fergy? You need the engage the drive lever (so the PTO turns) and have the clutch up for the hydraulic system to operate on the raise/ lower lever. Once set at height it should stay put if it is in good order.
  11. Running on TVO there is a little bit less power with everything set to run at its best on TVO, however if you play with the timing and up the compression then they go a lot better on petrol and don't dilute the engine oil or foul plugs if they aren't working hard. It will depend on what you are planning on using it for and how much use it will be getting. If you already have a home heating tank full of kero then it makes sense to use TVO.... My father can do nearly a full ploughing match on the small starting tank of petrol, if he switches over then he would go though a good couple of gallons of TVO. Obviously if you are doing stop start or lots of little runs unless you remember to turn over to petrol before you want to stop for a while you'll get good at draining the carb, there should be a bent bit of wire through the hole in the drain plug on the carb bowl for easy undoing. On a normal day once the engine is hot our 2 will usually restart within about half an hour on TVO but you might need to play with the choke, throttle etc. Start should be on the gear lever as standard for safety, they're a very robust arrangement and will just need the connections cleaning. If you are feeling brave they fire up easily on the handle. A standard TE20 will not run a modern topper satisfactorily no matter what people may tell you, they were never designed to they were for a finger mower... Your hydraulics will want servicing and the oil changing, nobody ever bothers until they start to creep down.....Keep checking the engine oil doesn't start to get thin or smell of kero, they can and do gum piston rings.
  12. FFS DO NOT CARRY A PASSENGER ON THE FOOTBOARDS!!!!! if you need to carry someone and you have no implement mounted then the safest place is stood on the check chains on the lift arms, the footboards are there simply to aid getting on and off, they are not for anything else. DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT ON THE ROAD!!!!!! The use of rebated kerosene in TVO converted tractors on the road whether in agricultural use or not IS permissible by HMRC as no duty paid equivalent exists, to mix your own start with 4 parts burning paraffin 1 part petrol and half a part diesel or a little 2 stroke oil. Vary the recipe depending on the work you are doing, in good order with the heat shields in place you should be able to switch to TVO and run on it within a couple of minutes from a cold start. Doing ploughing the difference between running on petrol and TVO is very noticeable as is the fuel consumption- you use a LOT more TVO than you would do given the same job on petrol. It should do more than 12mph though, the govenor is either set wrong or the spring needs replacement, ours will nearly hit 20
  13. Probably still worth the best part of a grand to the exporters as it sits
  14. 110v is an absolute PITA and any site safety officer insisting on its use should be made to walk round carrying a transformer all day. The regs actually state 240v is fine if protected by an RCD, If you like Mikita then have a look at the Katsu range of tools, same tool in a different colours at a lower price.
  15. What is the current official forum protocol for a flounce please? Should it be announced by the flouncee or posted by another post departure in the members leaving thread? Is it a requirement to set up an a Facebook group post flounce? Many thanks
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