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Vilhelm has sent in some photos from Sweden of his father’s FE35, which he is intending to restore and bring back to its former glory. It’s an FE35, 23C engine and serial number SDM28837.
This serial number would date the tractor to 1957, and would also mean it should be painted bronze and grey. The bronze (or gold) and grey tractors were produced up until serial no. 74655.
Vilhelm would like to know what people think…
- Has it been repainted at some time in its life?
- When he restores the tractor, what colour should he paint it?
- What about the cab? Anyone know what type it is? When would it have been fitted? What colour shoud it be?
Let’s Take A Look At The Tractor
As you can see from the photos below, it’s going to make an good restoration project. The loader, the cab, the lights – all make for something quite interesting. The extension mudguards – seemingly home made, and good for safety – but should they remain or should they be removed?
The second photograph is the most interesting to Vintage Tractor Engineer. It is clear to see that the ID plate has got red paint oversprayed onto the edges. This must be a good indication that the tractor has been re-painted. Do you agree or disagree?
VTE has seen many tractors with replaced dash panels. The replacement (second hand) panels have often been fitted with the serial number plate still attached from the donor tractor – making identification difficult. In Vilhelm’s case though, we clearly have an ID plate with a serial number of a bronze/grey tractor. The dash panel also does look to be in keeping with the rest of the tractor.
It is difficult to see from the photos, but the paint on the rest of the tractor does appear to be flaking – resprayed rather than original?
We look forward to hearing your opinions.