• One test that you can do when running it on the drill is to decrease the speed gradually (you need a variable speed drill for this) and watch what the spark does. I’m guessing that once you get down to a speed equivalent to tick over or just above the spark disappears. This would indicate a coil that is starting to break down internally and the…[Read more]

  • I was checking my magneto this afternoon and thought that I’d take some pictures just to show you the set-up. You don’t need anything special. I clamped the mag to the bench (I normally use a piece of wood under the clamp to save damaging the cap, but you wouldn’t see the spark if I’d used it), then screwed a piece of rigid wire to the HT lead…[Read more]

  • trusty220 replied to the topic Early Trusty Rebuild in the forum Projects 1 week, 5 days ago

    It’s been a bit cold for the workshop recently, but I braved the cold to do a little more today. The exhaust I have mounted on a rather large bolt so that I can turn the end flat and true. The intention is to make a ring to go on the outside with a small lip on the inside edge that will hold some pierced steel sheet; the ring is held on with three…[Read more]

  • I had a case like this some years back with a Trusty. It had a Wico A magneto and you could wind it over on the starting handle and get a series of bangs out of the exhaust every time it fired, but it would not carry on and start. Every now and again it would start up and run sweetly, then back to “bang, bang, bang” on the starting handle when you…[Read more]

  • trusty220 replied to the topic Early Trusty Rebuild in the forum Projects 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I may have forgotten to mention that I actually started this rebuild some time ago but had to put it to one side when my father passed away. I kept the engine in my workshop and started to overhaul it, only to put it to one side at the same time; I have recently dug it out and have started to attend to the “tricky bits”.

    From the pictures you…[Read more]

  • trusty220 replied to the topic Early Trusty Rebuild in the forum Projects 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Hi, Dave,
    Last time I used it I put 20 ltrs of brick acid in and there was still more space available. What you have to watch is the fumes coming off it- it gives off Hydrogen Sulphide which smells like rotten eggs and can be flammable in an enclosed space, so do it in a well ventilated shed not in the corner of the lounge.
    The results are well…[Read more]

  • trusty220 replied to the topic Early Trusty Rebuild in the forum Projects 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Here are some more pictures. As you can see, I have been doing quite a bit of work on it already. I was surprised how little wear was on the moving parts and the most trouble I’ve had is with corrosion and deep pitting in certain places, mainly where soil had been left to build up and was stuck on.

    My normal procedure is to soak the affected…[Read more]

  • trusty220 replied to the topic Early Trusty Rebuild in the forum Projects 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Dave- it should be finished by September but I won’t be getting it dirty (not yet, anyway!). I’m investing far too much time on it in order to get it right and I intend using it for shows to start with, but I will bring it if you want it. The only problem is that I can’t get the Trusty Roller and a Trusty Tractor on the same load, so which do you…[Read more]

  • Have you tried Dennis Mowers? You may be surprised at what they supply parts for.
    A very high quality mower, good luck with the rebuild.

  • This is a tractor that I’ve had for a few years now; I bought it because it fills the gap between my old Trusty, number 220, and the later ones with a swinging drawbar. This is very much the “Missing Link” because it still has the old style implement hitch and older straked wheels as well as the original type handlebars. Where the difference lies…[Read more]

  • Thanks for your kind words. We are trying to increase the use of the website all of the time. Don’t forget that the website isn’t just the forum- the machinery registers are very useful, as is the ploughing section and the gallery, and next year we hope to have a calendar/diary so that members can see where to go more easily.

    Have a Happy New Year!
    Geoff

  • I would like to take this opportunity to say a big “Thank You” to everyone on behalf of the committee. Without the hard work in the background that the committee does, this club would not be the success story that it is today, and, again, a big “Thank You” for the kind comments in the posts above.

    I would like to point out, though, that Charlie…[Read more]

  • I would like to take this opportunity to say a big “Thank You” to everyone on behalf of the committee. Without the hard work in the background that the committee does, this club would not be the success story that it is today, and, again, a big “Thank You” for the kind comments in the posts above.

    Could I point out, though, that Charlie is having…[Read more]

  • I would like to take this opportunity to say a big “Thank You” to everyone on behalf of the committee. Without the hard work in the background that the committee does, this club would not be the success story that it is today, and, again, a big “Thank You” for the kind comments in the posts above.

    Could I point out, though, that Charlie is having…[Read more]

  • I would like to take this opportunity to say a big “Thank You” to everyone on behalf of the committee. Without the hard work in the background that the committee does, this club would not be the success story that it is today, and, again, a big “Thank You” for the kind comments in the posts above.

    Could I point out, though, that Charlie is having…[Read more]

  • I would like to take this opportunity to say a big “Thank You” to everyone on behalf of the committee. Without the hard work in the background that the committee does, this club would not be the success story that it is today, and, again, a big “Thank You” for the kind comments in the post above.

    Could I point out, though, that Charlie is having…[Read more]

  • It makes me want to rush outside and build a Trusty out of Meccano, but I think it would take me too long to grow the beard!

  • That was on the Robson’s farm at Wadborough; I had hair then! Was it 2002?

  • There was no standard colour used by the factory, unfortunately. Rationing meant that they had to use whatever they could get their hands on at the time, but the shades of green did conform roughly to standard colours.

    Up to the end of 1945(ish) they used Mid-Brunswick Green, then Dark Brunswick Green up to about 1951 when they changed to Apple…[Read more]

  • And some more, this time from the separate Horticultural Themed Display organised by Jim Wakefield. Great job, Jim- a fine turnout.

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