DB885 Serial Number Location

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DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by Oldgustav » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:57 pm

Have just acquired an 885 and I need the serial number so I can send in a V62 to DVLA. I've read on this forum that the serial number is on the rhs on 'chassis' near the fuel filters. The problem is, this 885 has a loader (see attached). Am I looking in the right place?
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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by philedge » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:21 pm

On the 880 the tractor serial number is on top of the chassis just in front of the radiator on the right hand side. You might be able to see it from the battery compartment.
'66 880 Selectamatic rat.

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by Oldgustav » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:36 pm

Being a of a newbe with the 885, the battery is behind the grill. Do you mean it's somewhere in there?

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by cobbadog » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:24 am

Yes, that is where you should look. Not sure if you need to remove the battery to make it easier. Take a good torch with you as well.

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by philedge » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:40 am

On the picture you posted, drop down vertically from the number "885" until you get to the bottom edge of the bonnet. The serial number should be behind this point on top of the red chassis, just in front of the radiator bottom. Thats where it is on my 880.

If you look in through the battery compartment to the rear left you may be able to see the number with a torch if its clean, uncorroded and not been painted over. If you can't see it youll need to remove the bonnet.

Tidy looking tractor youve got there
'66 880 Selectamatic rat.

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by Oldgustav » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:11 am

Thanks, I'd taken the mesh grill off and couldn't see anything - but will go and have another look now. Yes, it is quite smart looking but it's not without it's issues, so there will be plenty of posts coming through. For instance, it's a terrible starter from cold - took us three or four minutes to get it going. Not used to that. And there are so many levers and knobs compared to the 135.

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by db2d » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:17 pm

The DB three cylinder engine is normally an excellent starter.
Are you operating the cold start procedures correctly?

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by Oldgustav » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:59 pm

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db2d wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:17 pm
The DB three cylinder engine is normally an excellent starter.
Are you operating the cold start procedures correctly?
As in preheat for 30-60 seconds? Or as per the 885 Instruction Book. It wasn't even cold this morning, 8-10 degrees C.

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by Oldgustav » Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:34 pm

philedge wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:40 am
On the picture you posted, drop down vertically from the number "885" until you get to the bottom edge of the bonnet. The serial number should be behind this point on top of the red chassis, just in front of the radiator bottom. Thats where it is on my 880.

If you look in through the battery compartment to the rear left you may be able to see the number with a torch if its clean, uncorroded and not been painted over. If you can't see it youll need to remove the bonnet.

Tidy looking tractor youve got there
No sign of the elusive serial number. Grill off, torch on, back left, all clean but no number. Is it on a stamped plate? Found the Sekura cab number and the DB loader number - both in easily visible locations.

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by db2d » Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:37 pm

The wing nut on the side of the pump has to be turned in before any attempt to start the engine - if the engine is rotated before this device is engaged, it does not function. Is the Thermostart heating up ? When were the fuel injectors last serviced?

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by Oldgustav » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:20 pm

db2d wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:37 pm
The wing nut on the side of the pump has to be turned in before any attempt to start the engine - if the engine is rotated before this device is engaged, it does not function. Is the Thermostart heating up ? When were the fuel injectors last serviced?
Thanks for your help and advice. Tried to turn the wing nut but it is awkwardly situated behind a fuel line and appears to be seized. I didn't want to force it and snap the tommy bar. I put a spanner on the outer nut but it turned the larger nut next to it. Decided to not to take it out to (a) avoid fuel going everywhere (b) getting air in the system. Thoughts on this?

How can I check if the thermostat is working?

No idea when the injectors were serviced. Have just bought it and I'm having tiny bit of a meltdown...

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by philedge » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:47 pm

Oldgustav wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:34 pm


No sign of the elusive serial number. Grill off, torch on, back left, all clean but no number. Is it on a stamped plate? Found the Sekura cab number and the DB loader number - both in easily visible locations.
If you look in the manual I linked to in your PTO thread, it shows you where the serial number is. Take the bonnet off to have a proper look.

While the bonnet is off you can have a go at freeing the cold start device on the injector and pull the thermostart out to check its working
'66 880 Selectamatic rat.

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by db2d » Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:37 pm

On some of the 885 tractors the serial number is stamped on top the frame near the bottom radiator hose.

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by Oldgustav » Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:54 pm

Thanks again both. That's a good idea! So, bonnet off means disconnect exhaust pipe and air intake? Then there's one bolt just inside the grill. Is that it. And then it lifts off? Two persons? Going to find this serial no. if it kills me (well not quite).

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Re: DB885 Serial Number Location

Post by Oldgustav » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:06 pm

Bonnet info is in the Instruction Manual! I will read cover to cover!

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