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Thanks very much, Toby, I've had a look at the parts list and can see exactly what you mean. One more question, are the levers meant to be sitting vertical when at rest?
Thanks, Neil, appreciate your detailed responses as always. Apparently, the engine is a good runner (although the previous owner took the magneto off for a spare to his own D2) and as I only paid $300NZD (Approx $215USD) for it I thought it would be a good way of securing spares for what seems to be the highest wear and most troublesome area on these tractors. I haven't made a decision yet if I will recondition it, as I haven't got it here yet (it's sitting at my FIL's house in Levin) and I haven't assessed it's condition. And as you say, I am well aware of the issues with the little dowel coming loose, the casting around the rear bearing cracking and the problems around crankshaft end float and I'm eagerly awaiting to see what Toby does to remedy this on his engines (He's mentioned several times he has a plan).
I did the same to my pony, and am very happy with the results. It wasn't hard for the machine shop to do, once I told them of the importance of centering the crank axially, then taking an equivalent amount of material off each end surface so that the washers could be roughly the same thickness.
Of course, none of this is necessary but it's a nice upgrade to improve the longevity of the bearing system. The bearings and thrust washers can be made out of aluminum, or oilite or similar material. New dowels are important.
I contacted the old owner yesterday (he's in Whanganui) and he tells me that his D2 is 5U8071 and has the large front idlers, a Birtley blade and a rear tank.
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