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JamesF
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DB 880 restoration

Post by JamesF » Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:27 pm

A DB. 880 we have just finished restoring
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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by Gard » Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:48 pm

Nice job!

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by case-ih1594 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:11 pm

This looks excellent - the paint shades look bob on, and the 32" rear wheels make the tractor look well balanced, a very smart job. 8)

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by JamesF » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:51 pm

It was looking a bit dodgy at one stage with the big rear wheels and tyres. They didn't look like they would fit under the new wings . The wings had more bent over at the top that the originals so we had to take some of the bend off.

We managed to source 880 wings (which everybody says are not available) rather than fitting the replacement 880/990 wings that are available. As a result the new tyres were going to be very close. When we compared the new wings with the originals we could see the only difference was the angle of the bend at the top. We adjusted this to match the originals and now the curvature of the tyre matches the wing perfectly with a sensible gap between tyre and wing!

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by brushhippie » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:39 pm

Looks very nice! Great work.
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nickmog
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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by nickmog » Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:14 pm

That looks really good

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by jstewart77 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:42 pm

Looks great I have 2 I hope to turn into one good one soon seeing the finished product has given me a bit encouragement to go and do it !

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by JamesF » Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:00 pm

It's taken 10 months being fitted in between the countless repair and breakdown jobs.

It's 3 months behind schedule and the customer is waiting to take delivery.

When he last saw it it was in boxes and on pallets with just basically a rolling chassis.

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by nickmog » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:55 pm

Where did you source the 880 wings from?

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by JamesF » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:33 am

They came from Barcley Williams nickmog

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by nickmog » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:49 pm

Cheers I got a pair off Ken Jarvis but they were the same size as some genuine 990 wings

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by JamesF » Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:35 pm

The 880 wing scenario seems to be a controversial one.

Some say that you cannot get 880 wings, that they have never been re produced, don't exist and your only option is to fit 990 wings which look ridiculous on an 880. Some also say that 880s with the larger 32inch rear wheels used 990 wings.

This 880 had 32 inch rears and the wings I got from Barcley Williams certainly weren't 990 wings and were identical to the original 880 wings which came off the tractor apart from there being slightly too much bend over at the top. This was remedied by bracing across to the opposite wheel and evenly taking some of the bend off until it matched the original.

The new tyres then cleared the wing with a sensible gap

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by tomwill » Thu May 28, 2015 9:52 am

Hello James that is a great piece of workmanship very much appropriate for 1 of the best tractors ever made the others being the 990 and 996.Cheers Tom Williams DBTCA

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by JamesF » Thu May 28, 2015 10:14 am

Thanks tom

We've just started on a customers 996 which hopefully is going to be a full restoration job, if we can find a sheet metal outfit that can deal with the rusty/rotten cab panels!

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RE: DB 880 restoration

Post by johno » Sun May 31, 2015 8:02 pm

very nice restoration

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