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johnfarnworth - (2/22/2013 3:12:43 AM)
RE:Family tractors remembered - gone but not forgoten
This is an MF 35 4 cylinder diesel road registration number 232 CTU.  My Dad bought it when it was about 1-2 years old to lighten the work load for our ageing grey Ferguson.  It had the Standard 23C engine.  These were notorously bad starters and this one certainly lived up to its name.  We used the old grey Fergie to start it on so many winter mornings and in fact we had a permanent towing chain on it.    MF never fitted a glow plug to each cylinder for the British market but they did for tractors going to colder climates.  Stupid!

Otherwise it was a reliable tractor and a bit heavier than the grey Ferguson so it "stuck to its job" better when ploughing.

Seen here on the tractor is Jackie Eccleston who worked for my Dad and mostly drove it.  Right in the background you can just pick out the Massey Feerguson Central Parts Operation Warehouse which was just across the road from the farm.  But they would never serve you parts there - rather you had to drive 30 miles to the nearest MF dealer!  Jackie is seen discing at the time - you can just see the two handles for adjusting the disc gang angles behind him.

Not a clue where it eventually went to!