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We have written about Gunter’s tractors before here at Vintage Tractor Engineer.  He so kindly takes the time to share with us his photos and articles about his tractor.  Previous articles…

Gold Belly Resoted To ‘As New’ Condition.

Gunter’s FE35 – Restored photos and video of a cold start.

The problem with us tractor enthusiasts is we get addicted to the hobby.  We never seem happy to just have one tractor.  We have to buy another.  And that’s exactly what Gunter has found himself doing.  So he’s at it again!

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Old Tractor Holds Surprises

…this article is written in German. Vintage Tractor Engineer’s German language skills are, err, well – not very good.  OK, so actually they are non existent at all.  So here is the Google Translate conversion to English.  It’s not perfect, but good enough to make sense of…


Old tractor holds surprises
Cigarette Ends and leaves in the cooling water

Ober-Roden - In a small garage workshop in the Breidert GünterBirth
breathes new life into old tractors. His latest project is now entering
a crucial phase: the engine is being assembled. By Bernhard Pelka

Boxes filled with tools are tightly sealed on the floor. An armada of
spray and spray bottles with oil, detergents and other substances.
A pallet truck supports two Europaletten with a heavy axle. Before this,
a motor block is placed on a different pallet. The floor is covered by
a blue plastic tarpaulin - as protection, as long as oil emerges.

In the garage of Günter Birth it is tight. Especially a large part of
a piece on four wheels: A restored tractor of the British manufacturer
Ferguson, which had its vehicles of the type FE 35 in the fifties also
in Cologne-Westhofen had assembled.

As we reported in a previous article, Günter Birth lost his heart to this manufacturer. His latest restoration project is currently in a decisive phase: the engine is assembled and brought to work. For this, the passionate hobbyist from the engine block had removed the old cylinder bushings, in which the pistons run. Then he ordered new parts from a parts supplier in England and set them up. This, of course, worked so well, because he had subjected the bushes in the freezer at minus 20 degrees before a shrinking course.

“If you freeze them, they almost pull themselves together unnoticed – and then they fit wonderfully,” the 65-year-old rejoiced. The engine block itself was still so well preserved, that despite its age it did not even have to be ground. A new copper seal between the block and the cylinder head was sufficient to compensate for minorities. Also the cylinder head with the valves is still good. A boiling hot immersion bath and a lot of oven cleaners dissolved oil and soot residues in the component. New pistons are also already in stock, so the engine can chug again soon. Until then it is still a heathen work.