Collecting and restoring Vintage Tractors and Lorries has been a hobby of mine since 1978. In the early days I started with a 1941 Standard Fordson model N, followed by a TVO Fordson Major E27N, later I restored another E27N with a Perkins P6 engine,followed by a Ferguson TEA 20 acquired as a non runner.
A major restoration project was a Thames Trader churn lorry which originally was owned by the Milk Marketing Board. This required a lot of work, but won a major prize at the Historic Commercial Vehicle rally at Crick one year which made all the work very worthwhile.
All of the above vehicles moved on over the years due to lack of space, but now I have a little more room.
Current tractors include a 1944 Ford Ferguson 9NAN "Beltane Queen", 1958 Fordson Dexta "Wee Cracker", 1964 Fordson Super Dexta "Nessie", 1982 Leyland 302 "Valentine", Replica mini Ferguson T20 "Teeny" and Replica mini Fordson Dexta "Big Yin". All the tractors are used from time to time around the site and on Road Runs and Rallies.
Still not finished is a refurbishment of another Fordson Dexta with a loader fitted to be used for odd jobs around the site. The tin worm has attacked this tractor plus the salt air has not helped as it came from West Cumbria next to the sea.
Another project is a Massey Ferguson 30 or FF30DS which is a French built Ferguson similar to the T20 but all red in colour except for its Grey bonnet, wings and wheels. Most of the work has now been done and I hope to get it painted in 2014. It has been named the "Puddock" due to its French link.
In July I acquired a David Brown 880 Implematic "Berry" tractor which is very narrow and used to work between fruit canes. The engine and brakes are now free, so I hope to get it back to life shortly.