My father bought the tractor from McElderrys, Ballymoney, in 1969 and a few years afterwards a MF40 loader was attached. Over the years there are very few jobs the tractor didn’t do – general yardwork, hay-making, rolling, buckraking, mixing slurry, sowing fertiliser, etc.
“On a couple of occasions where extreme weather conditions led to power cuts, the 165 played a major role (with the other tractors) in powering the generator, thereby ensuring all operations kept going.
“I inherited the 165 following my father’s death in 2016, and initially took it to a few local vintage rallies to get an idea of what it would take to restore the tractor to original condition. Mechanically the tractor has always been in superb shape although with loader work there were obviously necessary areas of maintenance – bushes, track-rod ends, etc.
“First order of business was a new set of tyres from Finvoy Tyre Services.
“Despite some suggesting that I would be better leaving the 165 “in her working clothes”, I eventually contacted a true restoration master John Knox from outsde Ballymoney in March 2017. A few weeks later I brought the tractor back home, and it has been out to a few local vintage rallies.
“The photos don’t truly do justice to the superb craftmanship which John Knox brought to the job. Even if I say so myself, there aren’t too many tractors of 51 years in this kind of condition.”
David’s next restoration project is likely to be a Ferguson cultivator which his grandfather bought from McElderrys in 1948.