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johnfarnworth - (1/29/2013 7:32:59 AM)
RE:M-H Tractors/Racine

I'm afraid I don't have any of the Wallis tractors coming off the line.  Now they would be nice!!

However I have had a bit of my own "Wallis assembly line" going this past month or so.  My 20-30, originally from Canada, had one of those Robin manifold and carburettor conversions and I wanted to get it back to original.  After years of searching I finally got hold of a carb and manifold set which was restorable together with one of Ervin's divertor valves.  Had a good friend and ace welder sew the exhaust manifold together with some precision.  Getting this on has been one minor snag after another with a constant need to get a bit of machining done on each part to make them all fit together.  Malcolm tells me he has had the same problems with 20-30s and I wonder if every single tractor was almost individually engineered as many of our early vehicles were.  Anyone else have views on this? 

By contrast I had to do the same for my red 25 - another long hunt for what turned out to be a superb original manifold set and this went together like Meccano.

On both I have put a circular "patch" on the bonnet (hood!) to cover over the whole left by the Robin fitment exhaust and I think these look quite smart and a bit of their history