Tilly the Tractor.
It sounds like the title to a children’s story book but this is the vintage Wheel Horse B165 tractor that we’ve acquired to do some pulling in the wood.
The Strip Down.
Sadly Tilly arrived looking a little tired and rusty with a little limp and a bad chest so we stripped her down for a full medical!
The Rear Axle
One of the aspects that was attractive about this B165 is that it has a geared Peerless 801 transmission rather than hydrostatic. We needed to upgrade the tyres from grass to something with more traction but one of the wheels is very much rusted on. Anyway, I found these via eBay and was able to fit them with the stuck wheel still attached.
Drive Pulley Removal
At first it appeared really difficult to remove the main drive pulley as it has been on there for circa 20 years but having watched a few you tube videos it was actually very easy.
The Front Axle
Thankfully, the front axle was, except for a knacker steering rod, in better condition. We’ve replaced the rims and tyres. And thanks to the neatness of the pole in the vice fitting them was not the same ball busting body breaking exercise it was for the rears.
Another aspect which attracted us to this model was unlike newer ones it comes with a Briggs and Stratton 402707 Twin 655cc Vanguard Engine. This didn’t stop the exhaust blowing, air filter choking and the cables being stiff and uncooperative.