For some weird reason, I happen to love older, simpler vehicles than today’s fancy, gadget-laden computers-on-wheels. If you asked me what my favorite cars are, almost surely all the ones I mention would be made before I was born. These would be the Volvo 240 Wagon, the old Land Rovers from the Series I to the Defender (I know, I know, the Defender was made until about a year ago, but it is still an ancient design), the Toyota FJ40, the old Alfa Giulia... And the list goes on.
Objectively of course they are much worse than their descendants today, being slower, significantly less safe and handling worse. But they look so much better and they just have more character. For everyday driving, I’d probably take something modern because of safety and reliability, but these old ones are just so much cooler. Okay, maybe I’ll take a classic rebuilt by ICON, the FJ Company or Singer... After I’ve won the lottery.
Anyway, this brings me to my current find here. I was wandering through the hills in Snowdonia last weekend and I bumped into an old tractor. As any true gearhead would do, I made the whole group stop as I ran around the thing, inspecting every inch of it and of course taking photos. The label on the side read Fordson Power Major. A little research revealed that this was a tractor made by Ford in England sometime between 1958 and 1961.
What I really liked about this particular example is that it was actually still being used to this day. While the exterior is a complete rusty mess, peering inside the engine bay quickly revealed that somebody has been working hard on keeping it alive. A number of interesting DIY fixes were employed, often using old tin cans. In the first picture below, you can see that the exhaust is temporarily covered by a stone to keep the water out of the engine.
It’s good to that somebody still uses something this old. Anyway, here are some pics of an old rusty tractor for you to enjoy!
And since you got this far with reading, here is a pic of a lovely Series II Land Rover that was for sale a few kilometers from there in the village.