I don't know what it is about old tractors I like but I think it goes back to my childhood spending most of the summer holidays traipsing around steam and country shows
Same here. Almost every weekend during summer for me was either a classic car show, or steam and country shows. I get the same from showmans engines as well. Seeing i don't know how many lit up at night powering the fun fair at Dorset steam fair as a kid is the sort of thing that stays with you.
Much like this, but from a distance. But when your up close these are beasts when you're like, 5.
Some of these old tractors have such a nice style to them, much like the cars of their time. And the lawnmowers of the time are just miniature versions with the same styling.
Here's mine, taken shortly after I bought it. 1957 E1A Major with all factory options. This has been a local tractor its whole life, to my knowledge never having travelled more than twenty miles from home. Elderly neighbour turned up one day when I was working on it and recognized it. Told me how he bought it new in 1957, used it for many years, then passed it to his brother on the farm next door who used it to drive a pump. It sat outside for many years never moving but still being used regularly well into this century. I remember driving past it many times. After that it was acquired by a local enthusiast who ran out of enthusiasm/had too many projects and sold it to me. It's anybody's guess how many operating hours it's done as the hours clock is long gone. Think it might have had a couple of floods over it too by the look of the gearbox and diff oil but everything worked last time I used it. Except of course for the standard sh1tty Fordson brakes that sort of work on one wheel going forward and work not at all in reverse. Outside duals are the original tyres from 1957 and they look like it.
If you like your tractors classic and earning their keep head to sunny Cromer on the North Norfolk coast! These old girls reverse into the North Sea until their back wheels disappear day in day out to launch and retrieve the crab boats and live in the sea air 24/7 - great place and lovely old machinery!