Work in the city has been keeping me busy these past couple of weeks so I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to spend on other projects. I spent this morning getting a coat of primer on the laundry and toilet floor in the guest cottage. I’ll put the new floor covering in tomorrow.
Last weekend I was talking to a local who mentioned that someone on the island had an old tractor for sale. The story was that this old tractor was the original island farm tractor and had been on the island with 3 successive owners since 1949. I liked the idea of a tractor for the property as I’m regularly struggling to do things on my own. The weekend before last I had to move my 400kg milling machine. It took me 2 hours to move it from my truck to the shed because I had to set up an elaborate system of pulleys and planks. With a tractor I could have used the hydraulics to lift it. So off I went down to take a look at the old tractor. I have a soft spot for old machinery and when I saw the little grey Ferguson (complete with “XL” badges from a Ford falcon), I knew it was meant to be. So I handed over a bunch of the paper stuff and drove the little grey Fergie home.
Today was the first chance I had to start work on it.
It looks in far better shape in the photos than it actually is. It needs a new radiator, all seals replaced, hydraulics overhauled, brakes, intake system overhauled… and the list goes on. Fortunately parts are plentiful and cheap for these little workhorses and I had a new radiator, hoses, oil and air filter kit on my doorstep within 48 hours of ordering them. This is the original radiator. It’s times like these that I love WD-40.