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A Puller is born

A Puller is born

'Major Disaster' aka 'Sledge Killer'

This puller was built by Dave Phillips' during the winter of 2004-05. James ('All the Way') Slater from Broad Haven had a hand in the build. Since Dave lives in Newport, Gwent and James in Pembrokeshire (just an odd 100 miles between them) one or other of them was making the 200-mile round trip several evenings a week.

The Fordson was originally used for forestry work by Howard Francis until it got stuck in a bog near Abergaveny, where it stayed for 2 years. Dave Phillip eventually found the tractor and with the aid of a winch on a Matador hauled it out. All he had t do was fit a new battery and hey presto, it started!

This photo was taken after the new engine was fitted (a 6.2-litre 360T straight-6 Dover from a Ford Cargo truck). You can clearly see the extended chassis rails (to accommodate the longer engine) and the support bars for extra weights to be fitted in front of the rear wheels (highlighted in the picture). The original wheels and tyres have been replaced with 38" wheels shod with Michelin 750 65 P 38's. Yes they are BIG!

The original flywheel was changed for a phosphor bronze unit. The whole build process took them 6-months. Originally Dave was thinking of calling the tractor 'Major Disaster' but on it's first outing to Haverfordwest it broke the sled. As a result it became known as the 'Sledge Killer'. It also broke the sled at down at Landford.

We're hoping to get some more photo's of the build, but at the moment they seem to be in short supply!

Coming soon... the 'Mad Massey' aka 'Masseyve Ferguson'

This Puller was originally going to be called the 'Masseyve Ferguson' but on advice from Mrs. Spencer (figuring no one would ever be able to pronounce the name, particularly commentators) the name was changed to the 'Mad Massey'. Even as you read this Dave ('Gaffa') Spencer and Steve Knight are frantically ferreting around for pictures of the re-build! This photo was taken by Kazz (aka Puff) up at Pickering in Yorkshire.