David Brown 995 from Childhood

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David Brown 995 from Childhood

Post by reddredd » Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:01 am

Hi All,

About 20-25 years ago i remeber very well as a young lad going with my dad to buy our new tractor. I have a very vivid memory of day and he didnt bring my other brothers just me!

We purchased our first real tractor a David Brown 995 second hand, it was a great tractor and the one i remeber using the most on the farm at the time. It almost never gave trouble until modern farming kicked in and he replaced it 10 years ago with a new machine the same time about when i left home and moved to London.

Last year i purchased beside my home farm a small 10ha farm of my own and our old David Brown is something I want to have on that farm!. I attach some photos of it and it has not run since the time it was turned off, as far as we know there was no issues with it other than the standard you would expect of starting on a cold morning and radioator leak now and then. Door are still there and the glass just the seals missing etc.

My Dad is happy for me to have the tractor but he feels it will cost me too much to get it started but I really want to give it a try and get it back to how i rember it.

I am sad I left it out to rot as such but i guess i am a different person now.

I have looked at this forum many times and I can see so many parts are available but i thought i would ask the group. Is this something that i should try and tackle!

I am handy enough my self (but not a mechanic) but I reckon i could rope my dad in to give some advice

I attach some photos and if anyone has any views or opinions i would be greatefully appreciated!

It needs a new cab for sure and a few other things but i guess the first job for me is to get it started does anyone know what is the bestapproach here i assume given it hasnt moved in a while and dont want to attempt to start it without doing some prework.

There is a romantic notion with this build but I know he would be chuffed to see it running


p.s everyone else things I should scrap it but I dont have it in me
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RE: David Brown 995 from Childhood

Post by mart1602 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:33 am

fixed up worse looking tractors than that,cab panels can be had in fibreglass so can roof if you need a cab.biggest problem i can see is no cover on exhaust is engine seized?

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RE: David Brown 995 from Childhood

Post by case-ih1594 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:01 pm

Hi, this tractor would have lots of re-usable parts on it such as the optional extra power steering. The tractor could easily be done up to either 'working' condition or a higher standard.

If it has sentimental value than it is 'priceless'.

Many of the jobs you can do yourself but I would avoid going off half cocked or you could do more harm than good. If you do this then take it one step at a time and ask many questions, or seek the help from someone experienced and knowledgeable in DB's.

'Scrapping' the tractor seems about as sensible as leaving it out to rust away !

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Re: RE: David Brown 995 from Childhood

Post by reddredd » Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:46 pm

mart1602 wrote:fixed up worse looking tractors than that,cab panels can be had in fibreglass so can roof if you need a cab.biggest problem i can see is no cover on exhaust is engine seized?
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thanks for the reply, so the engine was fine before it was put out to pasture literally and has not been touched since. I am assuming its not siezed yet and hasnt been turned over since it went out. im going back in the next few weeks to cover it up and will figure out where to store it.

Any ideas what the most logical next steps would be to get it back to life. So with exhaust not covered for many years, is that the killer blow?

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Re: RE: David Brown 995 from Childhood

Post by reddredd » Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:48 pm

case-ih1594 wrote:Hi, this tractor would have lots of re-usable parts on it such as the optional extra power steering. The tractor could easily be done up to either 'working' condition or a higher standard.

If it has sentimental value than it is 'priceless'.

Many of the jobs you can do yourself but I would avoid going off half cocked or you could do more harm than good. If you do this then take it one step at a time and ask many questions, or seek the help from someone experienced and knowledgeable in DB's.

'Scrapping' the tractor seems about as sensible as leaving it out to rust away !
Thank you to me i guess it is priceless but it seems only to me :) I came here first for the exact reasons you said. I know going at this half cocked will just bust it. I will try and do some more research on here about figuring out what the next logical steps are.

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RE: Re: RE: David Brown 995 from Childhood

Post by bedwards1966 » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:33 pm

Getting it running could take anything from a good battery and an hour of messing to a major rebuild, at this stage there is no knowing.
But the exhaust not being covered is very bad as rainwater may have gone down and into a cylinder and seized it up, but sometimes you get away with it, there's luck involved.

The first place to start is to see if the engine will move, even slightly. Put a socket and long bar on the crank pulley nut and work it back and forth, see if it turns at all.
If it does't then pull out the injectors and pour Coca-Cola (the proper/original stuff, not diet) down the bores and leave it for a couple of days. Then try to rock the engine again, back and forth and it may free up with patience.
If it doesn't then you will have some dismantling to do, but there's a fair chance that it'll turn without major work.

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Re: RE: Re: RE: David Brown 995 from Childhood

Post by reddredd » Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:05 pm

bedwards1966 wrote:Getting it running could take anything from a good battery and an hour of messing to a major rebuild, at this stage there is no knowing.
But the exhaust not being covered is very bad as rainwater may have gone down and into a cylinder and seized it up, but sometimes you get away with it, there's luck involved.

The first place to start is to see if the engine will move, even slightly. Put a socket and long bar on the crank pulley nut and work it back and forth, see if it turns at all.
If it does't then pull out the injectors and pour Coca-Cola (the proper/original stuff, not diet) down the bores and leave it for a couple of days. Then try to rock the engine again, back and forth and it may free up with patience.
If it doesn't then you will have some dismantling to do, but there's a fair chance that it'll turn without major work.

Thanks for the reply and I think it answers my real question what is my first steps, so will follow this. I will go back and get it covered but and see can it be moved out of the field and into a shed at the moment its not int he friedliests place. I will give it a go and let you know, i have done a lot of reading over the weekend and am more convinced than ever its the right job to take on

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