Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Our 2018 JBC Tractor Crisis - Oh No!

Well, machines are just that "Machines". and there is not a machine in the world that does not break down from time to time.  Especially a machine that has seen 23 years of hard, nearly daily use with 10's of thousands of hours on it.

Our.JBC.Tractor.Crisis. from Jeffry Lohr on Vimeo.

The video above shows where we are as of January 2, 2018.   Where we are is worried about the severity of a mechanical problem that has just developed with our beloved project workhorse.  That workhorse being our 1994 JBC Model C3 Excavator Loader Tractor. If we can't add weld and regrind the damaged teeth, we may need to locate a new geared flywheel.  Also the main engine bearings are completely shot.
Part of the problem was a crack in the housing around the water pump that allowed some coolant to mix with the oil but that was only a small cause-effect that just added insult to injury on an already worn-out Leyland Tractor Engine.

As our Tractor is our biggest Moringa Capital Investment and a machine that has won us so very much in 2017, it is clear we simply have to restore this machine to working condition. That is not so easy in Ghana but Abu has a good mechanic on the job that he brought in from the capital in Accra so all that can be done is being done.

I'll post an update as we know more and get a handle on what we are dealing with to get our Tractor repaired.   In the mean time, please wish us God's Speed in this much needed and rather scary repair.
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