Lanz Success Leads To Field Marshal
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Upon taking delivery a week later it was a sad parting for
Norman as he watched us depart with his workhorse of some forty
years, but I was determined to have it look eventually as it did in
the agent's showroom.
First job was to burn out the exhaust, as quite a few sparks
were being emitted from it. After lighting it, nothing happened
until we tipped the exhaust upright, and boy, did we have a fire
then! Red Adair couldn't put it out!
The exhaust port was amazingly clean, not even needing a
de-coke. As with the Lanz, it was not deemed necessary to touch the
engine, considering how well it ran. However, wheels, bonnet, tank,
guards, platform and wheels were all removed and the tractor placed
on jack stands. The frame/chassis was the first thing to be
prepared for painting, firstly with a lot of wire brushing and
sandpaper, followed up with a lot of buffing with steel wool to
give a glass smooth surface. A preliminary coat of red oxide primer
was applied, followed by a coat of green rustproof enamel
undercoat. All body work was taken back to metal by hand, which
took a lot of patience, before being painted in the same manner as
the chassis, except this time a heavy coat of grey automotive
primer was brushed onto all panels before being wet sanded by hand.
This was followed by another coat of red oxide to prepare for the
top coat of auto enamel. Jaguar British Racing Green was found to
be a perfect match, and thankfully we got a hot sunny day which
made the paint glide on beautifully.
The gearshift pattern was detailed in silver, and the badge
work, which had been buffed and polished, was fixed in position on
the nose panel and bonnet side.
The back platform had been severely rusted and pitted from
standing out, and since we welded a new step in, it took some
lining up as some distortion had taken place. Foam insulation
stripping was attached to the inside edges of the bonnet to guard
against vibration and possible scratching, rear fenders were bolted
up which again took doing, as the straightened guards did not want
to make up to now de-dented guards.
The hand brake levers were a huge problem, as they had to be
fitted after the guards had been mounted, which meant they had to
be guided up from the undersides of the floor panel and slid into
splines, there being no room to force them on (which we naturally
had to do). We succeeded, but only after losing a bit of paint. The
seat Dad made was bolted on its support and a new upholstered
cushion fitted. The steering box had been sent away and had new
splines cut into the sector shaft for the pitman arm, so while
jacked up the steering wheel was given plenty of exercise to loosen
things up a little. New copper drain pipes were fitted to the
exhaust and engine pipe, and all we needed to complete things now
was some original silver striping and some union jacks as decorated
on many special show models I luckily had photos of.
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