Sunday, 11 August 2013

"Isn't She Lovely?" A New Tractor Pal Arrives On The Smallholding.

A new tractor arrived on our smallholding the other day.  Her livery looks a bit rough because she's had some of it took away too be sandblasted, sprayed and a brand new 'roll bar' is on order.  If you want to see what a Fordson Super Dexta looks like in all its glory.  Type Fordson Super Dexta into Google Images.

Our old girl (made in Dagenham in 1963) is mechanically sound.  She sounds like a plane from the 'Battle of Britain'.  She absolutely purrs!  I am told she can go forty miles an hour.  Will post more pictures of her restoration very soon.

Talking of restorations.  There's a promising looking programme on BBC Two tonight.  It's on at 9.00:  The Hairy Bikers: Restoration Road Trip.  Tonight Dave and Si visit Pleasley Colliery in Derbyshire.  They help restore the mine.  Sounds good.

Have you or are you restoring a smallholding machine please tell us all about it!

Thanks!

7 comments:

  1. Oh crikey I can remember when they first came out! They looked enormous next to the grey Fergie.

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  2. And the shed is a thing of beauty too.

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  3. Doesn't look too bad, has that front panel been repaired with fibreglass at some time?
    Seat looks quite shiney, just a smattering of rust at the edges, is it original? With a nice cushion to prevent the piles when sitting on it on frosty mornings, we used to have a sack folded up.
    A worthwhile project, it's going to look good finished, surprised at the vintage, I thought it was older, but 50 years and counting isn't bad.
    No registration plate?

    Weather's back to normal; grey, breezy and showers with temperature a bit cooler.

    Raggy cat has developed the habit of sleeping on my desk, interspersed with occasional visits to the milk and biccie bowls.

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  4. Hi John, I have believe that farmers loved the Fergie and the Fordson tractors.

    We call the corrugated building 'the barn'. I really like shanty style farm buildings and allotment sheds. Corrugated iron is wonderful.

    Thanks for your comments.

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  5. Yes Cumbrian, the front nose cone is full of filler. The man who sold me the Fordson gave me a much better nose cone. That's gone away too be sand blasted and given a coat of primer.

    No there is no registration plate. We will use for log splitting mainly.

    I wish there was a tractor television programme on the television. Every week they could feature a classic tractor and talk too it's owner. I'd watch it any day.

    A lot cooler here today. We light the stove every day now. Looks like the tractor log-splitter will be kept busy.

    Thanks!

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  6. Yes, I think the idea of a series on TV showing stages in the renovation of tractors and other vintage machinery would be very popular.
    I loved watching Guy Martin and his adventures restoring Victorian machinery and industrial equipment; and Fred Dibhah with his steam engines. Both Lancashire lads I think, with a respect for our engineering traditions and British workmanship that led the world in those times. And the traditional farm series showing the old-fashioned methods and implements.

    Cloudy, breezy and definitely feeling colder here, fire's not on yet though.

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  7. I think smallholding and allotment and rural craft programmes would be very popular. Interviews with old farmers and people who have worked on the old steam trains and threshing machines. Maybe a visit to an allotment or a smallholding through the seasons.

    Overcast here. Farmers busy going for their second and third cut silage.

    Thanks!

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