The Retrieving of the Fordson
37 Barrand Street, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
We set out to retrieve the Fordson which has been the property
of the Morgan family since its purchase. Owen was a schoolboy at
Wimbledon when the Ford agents delivered it to his father’s
farm. The Fordson was in retirement under the fine trees. We went
to recover it, bring it back to life, and take the ‘beast’
home to Owen’s farm for the rest of its life.
The number plate with E4-450 is an agriculture plate exempt from
road tax. The old Fordson Major fired over and was driven a mile
down the road to a loading ramp. To hear the sound of the motor
coming to life and moving off was worth the hours spent putting
life back into the grand old machine.
The Fordson spent its life on Spring Creek Farm, Wimbledon,
Southern Hawkes Bay, in the North Island of New Zealand.
Keeping the Doodlebug Project Alive
Farmers from the 30s to the 50s built makeshift tractors called doodlebugs from available parts and pieces found on the farm.
Custom Built Cub Cadet Buggy
Check out Forest Spaulding’s custom-built buggy pieced together using several parts from a cub cadet and various other tractors.
Maytag Tractor, 29 Years Later
The son of the builder of a Maytag tractor featured in a 1989 article gives us an update.