Something to help with the pigs (vintage tractor pics)

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Something to help with the pigs (vintage tractor pics)

Postby Swing Swang » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:23 am

Hi all,

For various reasons my plans of turning my own pigs into sausages have been put on hold, in the meantime the "hedge tractor" that was left on the smallholding when we moved there in July 2017 has been restored and returned to her original colours. She is a 1957 FE35 often nicknamed a "Goldbelly" and as she was made after Massey Harris and Ferguson merged - she's the last of the grey Fergies, or the first MF35 (they were virtually identical) - take your pick.

Once the pigs arrive she'll help me move the feed around and do 100s of other jobs too - this lady was rebuilt to work - oh, and for any tractor nerds that know this model was hard to start (Standard 23C 4cyl diesel), well that's all sorted too - 5s of pre-heat on a frosty morning is all she needs.

Enjoy the pictures:

As she was - a runner, but only just - unfortunately the tin work was far to gone and a decision had to be made to replace much of it and loose 60 years of patina - a real shame - but as she formed part of the history of the farm the decision was made to save her rather than to break her for spares - financially the wrong decision, bur sometimes you have to go with your heart...
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Still in the workshop (not mine) with a period(ish) linkbox:
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One hour on the clock, and being driven for charity by a friend of a friend
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Re: Something to help with the pigs (vintage tractor pics)

Postby NCPaul » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:20 am

What a beautiful restoration! You'll be thinking up jobs you need a tractor for just to go for a ride. :D
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Re: Something to help with the pigs (vintage tractor pics)

Postby Swing Swang » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:16 pm

Thanks, yes lots of excuses to use her.
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Re: Something to help with the pigs (vintage tractor pics)

Postby DanMcG » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:09 am

That's a fantastic restoration!! excellent work.
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Re: Something to help with the pigs (vintage tractor pics)

Postby Sibley » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:21 pm

Unbelievable restoration project. You absolutely made the right decision if money was no obstacle. You extended her life by a few more decades.
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