New Year 2018

Written by: sarah

  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR PAINT CUSTOMERS FROM ALL AT BIRCH SPORTS SURFACES LTD We wish you all a prosperous (and sunny) 2018! Please contact us with your 2018 requirements for the very best trade prices on our range of non-slip tennis court paint colours.

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Tennis Court Photos – different paint colours

Written by: sarah

Have you noticed our gallery – pictures of tennis courts and play areas painted with Birch Sports Surfaces paints? These are supplied by our customers, and posted on our website with their kind permission. Click onto the “VIEW” button on our Welcome page We are always looking for new pictures to add to our gallery. […]

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It Lives…..!!!

Written by: sarah

Yay! The Little Grey Fergie is up and running and has been out for a road test. Just a little bit of fettling and a couple of minor tweaks to get her completely finished. It’s taken almost 6 months from when she arrived in a very sorry state at our unit. With (quite a lot […]

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Grey Fergie Progress Report

Written by: sarah

Well the progress on the Fergie is coming on apace. After a little trial and error to get a grey that we were happy with (you wouldn’t have thought it would be difficult, but one was too dark, another too blue…..!), the main body of the tractor, and all the various bolt on parts have […]

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And the popular court colour this season is….

Written by: sarah

…..Red and Green. Whilst Green painted courts will always remain the most popular shade – with Dark Green being the most popular shade by a long way – this season we have been selling a lot of red and green court combinations. Pallets of Red and Dark green, Red and Light Green, and Red and […]

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Stage 6. Off to get shot blasted

Written by: sarah

With all the parts off the tractor again, the skid unit has been winched onto a trailer, strapped down, and has finally gone to the shot blasters. The bonnet is being prepared by hand as it is actually in pretty good condition – just some filler and a lot of patience required. Wings for the rear wheels […]

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Stage 5. Registration and getting a number plate

Written by: sarah

By this point we have also managed to get the tractor registered. It was purchased without a V5 logbook (many older tractors were not registered, or the documents and registration plates have been lost over the years). With some help from the Friends of Ferguson Heritage Club we have discovered from the serial number and […]

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Stage 4. Engine rebuild

Written by: sarah

After taking the head off the engine, we could see that water had obviously been getting into a couple of the cylinders. This has unfortunately meant a total stripdown and rebuild of the engine. New liners, pistons and valves have been put in, so just the block is original. The engine is the 85mm Standard […]

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Stage 3. Taking the tractor apart

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All the bits and pieces have been taken of the tractor, and evaluated – OK to go back on / repair and re-use/ chuck in the bin and buy a new part – (quite a few bits in the last category….). The front wheels and steering have been removed, and the engine section split from […]

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Stage 2. Steam cleaning

Written by: sarah

With the bonnet removed, the tractor was pushed outside and given a good steam-clean and degrease to get rid of years of muck and oil and giving us a starting point to take it apart. It already looks better for a good clean, but shows us that there is a long way to go.

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