Vintage project for engineering students
18th February 2014 11:21am - Return to press releases
Engineering students at East Riding College are tackling a restoration project on a vintage American-German tractor.
The group, at the campus in St Mary’s Walk, Bridlington, are working on the John Deere Lanz 300, which was built in the US in the early 1960s.
The vehicle’s engine suffered a mechanical failure as one of the engine cylinders became detached and damaged the engine block.
The engine block has been repaired by a specialist who has welded and machined it and the learners’ job is to inspect the parts and rebuild it so it can be fitted back into the tractor.
Tutor Stewart Griffin said: “This is a genuinely interesting project for the students to get their teeth into and it has really captured their imagination.
“Hands-on work for a real customer is incredibly valuable experience, identifying and inspecting components, reading data sheets, and meeting the customer’s expectations. It’s also great to be working on a vintage machine.”
The students are studying towards Level One Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles. The tractor belongs to Neil Ives, a member of the East Yorkshire Tractor Club and it is hoped it will be repaired by Easter.
Student Sam Cornell, 19, said: “I love the simple construction compared to modern engines.”
Adam Miller, 18, said: “Working on a real project is really good and I can’t wait to see it working.”
Amie-Jayne Baker, 18, said: “There are only a few left in the world and find it amazing that we are working on it.”
For more information about East Riding College, visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk or call 0845 120 0037.
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