Tegwen and Lleucu
shared the same barn on Peredur Williams’ farm. After the work on Tegwen
was complete, Lleucu was brought over to me for attention.
Lleucu has worked for
Peredur since 1981 and she has always been an efficient and dependable
tractor. Her first owner was Mr. Jones of Mela in the parish of Llannor.
He may have brought her over from England as she carries a Derbyshire
number –TRB 230. The tractor number is TEF 340182 and engine: SA24360E.
The steering box was
Lleucu’s main problem. Then seized brakes became apparent as did the very
advanced effect of corrosion. A great deal of wire-wheeling was required,
therefore, but compared with Tegwen, much of the paint-work had been saved
by a layer of oily muck.
The Standard engine was
in fine condition requiring only a major service and a good cleaning. The
diesel tanks had seeped fuel that had attracted dust on the components.
The tanks received a treatment similar to Tegwen’s.
The starter safety
button had to be worked free. Other than that, the whole gearbox was in an
outstanding condition. Mr. Jones and Mr. Williams must have treated it
with reverence over the years!
This had been destroyed
by galvanic corrosion. This phenomenon arises when two dissimilar metals
are in contact. An electric current flowing between them can accelerate
the process and an aluminium casing can be transformed into a white
powder. Using ‘Titanine’ between the metals checks this problem and
Mr. Ferguson insisted on this practice.
Holes had developed at
the bottom of the box and all the gear oil had long since vanished. Holes
the top of the box had let in grit with devastating effect. On top of
that, someone had fitted a non-TE20 steering wheel to the box. The
proper steering wheel has a shoulder that prevents moisture
travelling past the chromium-plated collar. This is another example of the
designer’s subtlety. The top bearing had subsequently corroded and dropped
all its rollers into the box.
Luckily, Peredur had
managed to obtain a second-hand box with a proper steering-wheel. This was
clear of any corrosion and setting it up was an easy task. New oil seals
were fitted and the wheel was re-shaped.
Again, a fair amount of
effort was required with these. The use of an impact driver and heat was
essential before the cleaning and greasing stages. The brake-shoes were
This was a floating-cam
The angle-grinder and
wire-wheel were extensively used for this work and the bonnet dents were
hammered out. It’s amazing how many original Fergies have dented bonnets.
Lleucu received a beige
undercoat followed by several coats of the correct Ferguson Grey paint as
recommended by Holland-Brand. She went back to her new home at Tan y Bryn
a healthier and smarter tractor.