People keep asking us when we are going to make a DVD for the Perkins A3.152 engine. We promised it a long time ago, and now we’ve actually got started on the project. The first stage of filming is complete and so here’s a quick two minute taster of why this engine was in desperate need of rebuilding and what is to come…
In Part 2 of the trailer we will take a look at the engine, visit the engineers where the crank shaft was re-ground, head skimmed, new liners fitted and work was done on the valves.
Regular visitors to this website will know that Vintage Tractor Engineer likes the 4 cylinder engine in the ’35. However, it was fitting of the 3 cylinder Perkins engine into these tractors that made them so sought after by farmers accross the world. Although there are many 23C tractors still working on farms and smallholdings, there are probably many more Perkins powered tractors still undertaking the tasks they were built to perform.
It was this 3 cylinder engine which made the tractor renowned for its reliability.
Because these tractors were such reliable workhorses and because they are still useful machines today for many tasks on farms the tractors have worked, and worked and worked. Who would have thought they would still be working 50 years after leaving the factory.
Many of the engines have been rebuilt and may now be again showing signs of wear. We have worked on lots of tractors that have had less than perfect rebuilds, where corners have been cut and as a result the engines are not running as they should be. So all in all, many people are still looking to renovate their engines and hence VTE’s Engine Rebuild project for the A3.152.
In the past many machines have had less than satisfactory services, coupled with lower specification oils than we have available to us today. Park Engineers (our local engineers) say they only do a third of the crank re-grinds compared to 20 years ago, and when asked why they reply “better oils and routine service intervals” – as simple as that!
So with a thorough engine rebuild and the availability of modern engine oils these refurbished engines should be good for another three generations of farmers and tractor enthusiasts.
Do you have one of these tractors?
Watch for Part 2 of the trailer and let us know if you have any tips or tricks you used when rebuilding your engine.