Couldn't agree more! Every make of tractor has its faults right to the present day - as of course do cars old and new.
When I started this thread there was no intention to "have a go" at MH, Ferguson and MF, merely to have a light heated look at significant design features of our treasures that tease and taunt us, and also of course on occasions bruise our knuckles.
I have spoken to ex MF and other company service engineers ( the problem solvers) about design faults and they all say they had to go out in the field resolving problems but when they pointed out faults to the design and production engineers it was always an uphill battle to get anything righted. This was partly because they didn't want to admit anythimg could possibly be wrong, but probably more realistically, and which I can appreciate, it was a big logistical problem to change design in the course of a production run.
Keep the amusing tales coming in!!