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Leyland 262

  • 13-09-2022 8:47am
    Registered Users Posts: 45

    Howya lads, first post on this site but i have been watching the posts here for years. As my first tractor i have finally bought a leyland 262. I have good experience with driving a tef-20, mf 135, mf 168, and a zetor 6441.

    I bought it for a very reasonable price and there are issues that need to be sorted on it before i can drive it, hopefully. nothing serious...

    The tractor belonged to an older man and it was parked for 10 years roughly. What is known to be wrong is that the clutch is gone( that's all i know), that the brakes are seized , and that from what i seen in person the engine is turning and surprisingly the body work apart from mudgaurds is actually very good.

    With the clutch could it possibly be the slave cylinder gone? Does the 262 even have one? Any advice about this tractor or mechanical things i should check?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,370 ✭✭✭hopeso

    There is probably very limited knowledge of Leyland tractors on here, and maybe even in Ireland in general, as they were never very plentiful around my area anyway. I'd say a forum like the one linked below would be your best option......

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,537 ✭✭✭mayota

    The clutch disc is more than likely stuck to the pressure plate. I'm not familiar with Leyland but presume like most tractors of that era they use direct linkage or cable from the pedal.

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭Girl Geraldine

    You will be very hard pressed to find parts for a Lleyland tractor. They were rare enough here to begin with and the manufacturer went defunct in the 1980s. The remains of the Marshall/Leyland manufactuerer was sold off and what obscure long hollowed out rump remains of it is owned by some crowd in China making some very basic versions still for the Asian market.

    I think they had a Perkins engine, so you could get engine bits OK. But anything for the rest of the tractor, you won't be able to buy. The best you could do is probably buy a second tractor as a parts donor, or see if you could get any failed parts re-built by an engineering shop.

    This would be OK to do up as a show tractor, but as a working tractor, you will only be waiting for the day when it lets you down and you can't get a replacement part.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,327 ✭✭✭White Clover

    Definitely not a Perkins in a 262. That tractor was all Leyland/BMC.

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭Girl Geraldine

    I see.

    You'll be fúcked for spare parts so. Scrap donor is likely the only source. Or remanufacturing/reconditioning old parts if that is possible, and if you have the money to throw at it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 229 ✭✭Stephenc66

    Leyland were a very popular tractor here in East Clare. We had a 272 followed by a 272 Syncro back in the '80s. Both were second hand and I am guessing early 70's tractors.

    Jackie Whelan in Scariff was a main dealer for them he was also a Fendt dealer if memory serves. He had huge knowledge and a massive stores. I think Ahern's in Limerick may also have been Leyland dealers.

    Given how many there were in the area back then it is unusual that you don't see very many at all now at the local shows.

    As has already been said it must be almost impossible to find parts now, Probably a few of them laid up in sheds and yards around here. I see one every so often in Ogonnelloe

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭Girl Geraldine

    Ah they were a very cheaply and lightly made tractor. They wouldn't have lasted. And they had no-where near the same reputation as Ford/NH, JD, or MF or any of the main brands. So they'd have lost value and been scrapped off or exported long ago most of them.

    OP if you are doing it up as a vintage/classic - work away.

    But if you are wanting a working tractor for a farm, jesus, don't do it to yourself. Go and get something more dependable which can be repaired - like a 10 series Ford or something.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,718 ✭✭✭lalababa

    Yerra, most consumable parts are easy enough to source. Remember they may have being scarce in Ireland but the UK is a different matter.

    After being recommissioned, twould be a ok tractor for tipping around and the odd bit of work, which is probably what it's gonna be used for. Lifting bales , spreading manure , etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,327 ✭✭✭White Clover

    Donie Moloney near Abbeyfeale would have parts and a couple of other knowledgeable posters have contacts around Limerick/Tipperary area.

  • Registered Users Posts: 45 macho-leddy

    Thanks lads for the comments, there's a fair few parts in England to buy, so that's not what I'm worried about. I was just looking for advice on how to tackle the clutch and brake.

    I think some of ye forget aswell that talking about reliable tractors is lovely, but being able to afford one is a different story...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,178 ✭✭✭✭Nekarsulm

    A 1950s design, which BL persisted with untill the 1970's.

    You'll be fine for parts, no problem at all.

    Syncro Gearbox parts harder got, but you don't mention if yours is such a model.

    You probably have a ten speed gearbox, 5 gears and a high and low.

    Brakes are dry disks, and not near as effective or long lasting as "oil immersed" brakes.

    The cross shafts and pivots under the cab seize up, also the expander mechanisms in the brake drums seized up too, and the ball bearings involved in the brake disk expanders go oval and can stick "on".

    Clutch very likely stuck to flywheel.

    Prop down the pedal, remove the starter motor, and give the flywheel a few good thunks of a sledge ( via a stout bar).

    Should shock it loose.

    You don't split these tractors to change the clutch.

    You pivot the cab backwards on it's rear hinges and unbolt the top section of the flywheel housing, and lift the complete piece, including the steering wheel, steering box and dash panel, up and leave it on the seat.

    You can now access the clutch.

    Good luck, and stick up pics for the rest of us to reminiss over!

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,099 ✭✭✭FintanMcluskey

    but being able to afford one is a different story...

    By the time the Leyland is fit to do an evenings work she won't have been any cheaper than the rest of them!!!

    The non runners require deep pockets unfortunately, speaking from experience (not Leylands BTW)🙂

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,178 ✭✭✭✭Nekarsulm

    Don't worry about engine parts, etc.

    Same unit in thousands of JCB's, and the JCB specialists like FC Spares in Longford would fix you up with all the parts you need, or a complete engine.

    Steering and brakes is where the time will be spent.

  • Registered Users Posts: 45 macho-leddy

    Thank you very very much Nekarsulm that is the exact info I need, and I'll happily post pics when I'm at it again

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭Girl Geraldine

    I know what you mean but at the end of the day you end up paying the same either way. A good quality tractor will cost more, but will be more reliable and cost less in downtime, repairs and hassle.

    An obscure tractor of dubious quality will be cheaper to buy, buy it may cost you more later on with repairs, parts, lost time, hassle, leaving you down when you need it most etc.

    It is largely a case of paying now or paying later.

    Even when Leylands were new, they were old fashioned obsolete technology from 30 years previous. The same with everything under the British Leyland company. All their cars even were all piss poor designs and shoddily made. BL was a behemoth of a company run by the unions to suit themselves.

    The tractors would have been the equivalent of Tumosan or Belarus or some other obscure off piste brand today.

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭Girl Geraldine

    And the first time you put it under pressure and really need it to do something it'll calf and break down. And you'll be left with scrambling to get a loan or hire of a tractor because fixing the Leyland will require a few days trawling scrapyards or ringing retired aul fellas in England out of the back pages of the tractor magazines.

  • Registered Users Posts: 197 ✭✭RockOrBog

    There no love for the old Leyland at all, I hear the Lizzy had one for hauling her corgis around back in the day.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,263 ✭✭✭MfMan

    Don't know, the newer Marshalls in their yellow livery were quite fetching. I had a few brochures when I was a young 'un and I wanted the auld man to buy one!

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,327 ✭✭✭White Clover

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,263 ✭✭✭MfMan

    Nada, had to make do with the old MF165 for many years.(Topping on boggy, uneven ground - don't go there!) Years later it was finally upgraded to a 390 which was a Rolls in comparison.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,701 ✭✭✭tabby aspreme

    OP try Springmount Tractor, near Gorey for advice on parts etc, the owner Alfie Spencer had a great interest in Nuffield and Leyland's

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭Girl Geraldine

    The Marshalls were just a tidied up re-brand of it. Still the same old 1950s technology underneath the now Yellow panels.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,327 ✭✭✭White Clover

    In fairness, by the time the rebranding to Marshall had occurred, they had sorted the engine mounting problem and now had wet brakes too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭Girl Geraldine

    Putting lipstick on a pig. They were still decades behind the competition.

    What was the deal with the engine mounts?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,263 ✭✭✭MfMan

    Did these Marshalls borrow the design a bit from the Case/DBs of the time? E.g. the one pictured above appears very similar to the Case 1490 of that era.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,701 ✭✭✭tabby aspreme

    They had similar cab's, I think they may have been made be Sankey

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭Girl Geraldine

    Sankey. Ah. The rich man's Duncan cab.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,701 ✭✭✭tabby aspreme

    Thanks Nek, it was the Sekura can not the Sankey

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  • Registered Users Posts: 45 macho-leddy

    Fecking hell this is an entertaining discussion, lots of leyland slander. I am fairly confident in saying that the 262 hadn't enginemount issues ,just the 262 and 2100 I think, because of the rubber mountings (I can't remember exactly why).

    I didn't buy a more reliable tractor for more money as tractor prices have gone mad on donedeal this year, a 'reliable tractor' would be well over 5 times the cost I paid for the leyland, and because there's not much wrong with it. I have the brown taxbook with it and there's only 1 owner from new. Thanks for the advice , especially about tapping the flywheel to free the clutch I'm looking forward to getting at it.