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  1. Calves with contracted tendons, front feet.

    For the first time ever, in my small herd of Shorthorns, some of the male calves have had contracted tendons i.e the hooves on the front feet have been folded back at birth. They have all...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    i was lucky then, coz I had tagged each one with it's number and observed performance. The doctor said he would phone when they were ready for collection in a few days, nothing more.

    As for...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    Thanks for the tip, ff & agrimax. I'd heard of that in the past, but did not know the reasoning, nor have I tried it. I'll keep it in mind for when I have a proper job for the old girl!

    JV
  4. Re: Future ELMS - arable farmers opinions wanted

    Hmm.. 42% of UK farms would be unprofitable without subsidy.

    Why is that so? What are the key production costs?

    JV
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    Good advice ff, thank you, and you are correct: I do a lot of low rev. work. I had not thought it through to the same extent, but I can see the sense. She's been a bit smoky for some time, & had...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    Slipped out before breakfast and cracked the nuts on the injectors. Nos. 3 & 4 slowed the engine considerably, #1 not quite so much, and #2 not at all, although fuel is being delivered. I think...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    agrimax: I'm in 110% agreement on Murphy! :rolleyes:

    All good suggestions, thank you, especially the one on testing the injectors out of the head. I have no knowledge of when the injectors were...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    Ohhhh. Murphy again! :mad:

    Got all the valves adjusted with the observational help of my neighbour, and the engine started ok. Used it on light work for a couple of hours stacking hay bales, then...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    'Evening agrimax

    Thanks for your reply. Yeah, that was the page I saw; thanks for confirming the rule of 9. I never thought of the trick of using the generator pulley nut to turn the engine but...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    ARGGHH! B@#$#%y Murphy has taken an unwelcome interest.

    With all the parts and fluids back in place, I hit the starter this morning. Copious amounts of white vapour from the exhaust (which I...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    Ditto for Amazon in Aus!

    Re the Cat dealer, on reflection, I should have bought the bolts there, but at hte time (as I remember) either there was no indication of how long it would take to get...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    Update. (What a curious American term!).

    Having decided to replace the bolts, coz those on the injector side were pitted & rusty, I phoned the local MF dealer (now owned by Canadian multinational...
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    Re: Happy New Year!

    Hello Zaza. Thank you for best wishes.

    Your news reports are correct. I occasionally hear "World Report" from the BBC on our Newsradio station, and its reporting is accurate. The most disturbing...
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    Re: Happy New Year!

    Since it *is* New Year here in Straya, I can formally wish all members and readers - wherever you are - the best for 2020. :)

    As ff said, "Do well". Perhaps he would allow me to add my current...
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    Re: Happy New Year!

    Nah! Nice idea, but it doesn't apply in Straya, where climate change isn't happening either! ;)

    JV
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    Re: Happy New Year!

    Not fair Jack!;) Not New Year yet! I'm here and I usually get the first good wishes in coz I'm usually first to see the actual new year - or are the Kiwi members (are there any?) just being slack?...
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    Re: Chinese Inverter welders

    Why not? Not even a Chinese machine can weld Al to Fe ;);)
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    Thanks agrimax. I like the idea of the belt sander. If the new bolts are delayed I might give that a go.

    JV
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    Re: Chinese Inverter welders

    Honda knockoffs here too; known as Chondas:rolleyes:

    I'm guessing that they can produce cheap stuff for the two ancient reasons: cheap labour and volume production. My experience is with...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    Thanks for your thoughts Agrimax.

    Re the MP problem, on reflection it could just be sloppy linkages, but it's hard to get to the external parts without removing the steering box, so when the time...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    I agree about water in the oil. The tractor is sort of critical, coz it's the only way I can stack round bales in the barn. They'll be ok out for a while coz we are in a green drought, so I'd like it...
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    Re: MF168 head gasket

    Good suggestion Ff, but the nose is slightly downhill on a dirt floor, and I think it would be a good idea to not start the engine to jack it up with the loader. I've made a start by draining the...
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    MF168 head gasket

    Venerable MF168 (hours unknown, but probably considerable) blew some drops of water from the exhaust when I started it a week ago.

    Today, maybe half an egg cup was blown out & it was reluctant to...
  24. Re: Is there anyone near Lister Wilder Ltd, Reading?

    Thank you FF. You are a good man. :):)

    JV
  25. Is there anyone near Lister Wilder Ltd, Reading?

    I'm hoping someone is located within cooee of Lister Wilder in Reading, can take delivery of some parts and send them on to me.

    Tines for an MF1455E baler appear to be unobtainable in Aus., but I...
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