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Fergie

Lawrie always wanted a Tractor, from when he was a child, so the logical sense was to acquire the tractor already within The Shed. The 35 is an instantly recognisable  mainstay of the vintage tractor scene, and Lawrie hopes to return it to the road and rally scene soon. 

Current Status - Undergoing repaint

History

Fergie is one of the most significant vehicles in the collection, being purchased new in 1963 to work on the farm on which The Shed sits. It has to that end, never left, and Lawrie is the first person to own it outside the farm. Towards the end of her working life she was fitted with a rather large front loader - too big for the machine - and sent to load grain. It was in this state it was parked up at the start of the '90's and forgotten about. 
Lawrie found the tractor around ten years prior to owning it, long before the collection started, and tried to buy it on many occasion. 
When the team moved into 'The Shed' the little tractor was still parked at the back, and rather than move it out, it's ownership changed. 

The restrictive front loader was quickly removed, and having a new battery installed, the little thing fired straight back into life after quarter of a century of inactivity. 
Massey Ferguson 35's are a very common tractor, however Fergie is notably rarer, having been fitted with a Diff lock, a rarely selected optional extra, before the 35X - which came with a diff lock as standard - was released. 
One of the first projects Lawrie undertook was to start stripping it down and replacing the rotten bodywork, something which turned into a month long deep clean, removing a good fifty years of muck. Following the rescue of 'Jeb' the aging radiator gave up, and was fully rebuilt. 
The tractor has since then been repainted, and is awaiting it's body panels to get painted and reattached. 

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