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Jon has written in to show us his forthcoming Fordson Major rebuild.
Jon saw it at a local farm about 15 years ago and asked the farmer if he wanted to sell it. The farmer said no as he was going to restore it himself, so Jon asked for first refusal if he were ever to change his mind.
P.S. Yes it is an elder tree growing between the back axle and the brake drum.
There is some considerable work to be done here for Jon, and in many ways you could say that another tractor with better tyres and less rust/decay would be a much better buy at a little over £1000. But financial considerations aren’t always the point of tractor restoration.
If Jon hadn’t bought this tractor then it would probably have been scrapped and then it would be gone – for ever.
Vintage Tractor Engineer is, as ever, in bewildered awe when he sees people take on a restoration like this. It is people like Jon who are the champions of the tractor restoration movement and we wish him well with his Major.