So with a handshake a deal was done and arrangements made with a haulier to transport this old maiden down to Somerset !
it took about a month to get the combine home here as early may was a busy time for companies who specialise in hauling
combines around for the impending harvest season here in the UK.
so where to start? Well I usually run everything up to see what is and isn't working! Making notes as you pick things up and then put a plan of action together.
first off engine
oil and filters and fuel filter! Air filter, hydraulic filter, final drives, transmission oil, replace two wore out Alternators, change and flush out radiator replace coolant additive.
one obvious problem was the bubble up auger bearings and seal needed
attention as it was ceased and prevented pully from turning! this is a common problem on early DV 1 combines as the seals soon wear out allowing dust and debris to enter into bearing prematurely wearing them out! Some users replaced them every season, there
was an updated part to prevent this! But it was very expensive and the small bearings were not expensive to replace so we decided to leave it original.
Once these straightforward tasks were carried out we then set out to try and rectify the issues
that had potentially put this combines future in jeopardy !
Firstly the joystick controls that operated the header (table) had no output whatsoever! So I took the control box apart to access the various switches! and one by one I removed the connectors
to these switches and cleaned them with contact cleaner, and cleaned out inside this control box!
one other job I was recommended to do was replace and clean up the Earth straps around combine, especially under the main fuse and relay cabinet.
spent many hours cleaning and testing the various relays, diodes, fuses, etc.. disconnecting the multi plug adapters and cleaning them out thoroughly , harvest dust gets into even the most sealed off areas! and plays havoc with these systems if left.
several weeks we had the Header (Table) on and powered up with everything working but much work would be needed to put this to work successfully .
one other issue we had was the cylinder speed wouldnt come up ? And that took a few evenings to sort out
but eventually a faulty switch was replaced and it seemed to work ok after this secondhand replacement .
The next issue was the ignition switch ! Which broke so a new one was sourced from a local dealer.
Our attention was now turned to the unloading
arm? Whilst it was running a tapping noise inside the tube was apparent ? Which was a worry as it meant the auger inside was touching the inner tube? Or the bracket that holds the auger flight central with a bearing.
This was quite a job as the auger
would need pulling out from the tube! It was undone by removing a plate inside the grain tank and removing a bracket and splitting the UJ coupling then pulling out the auger whilst it was in the upright position with a loader.
On inspection the front
two flights were damaged and were striking the bearing support bracket, so would require some heat and re straightening which was done.