The end of an era

Discussion in 'Classic Machinery' started by yellowbelly, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    She drove into the yard in August 1986. Today she drove out for the last time...........
    thumbnail_20181030_140621.jpg ......32 years of sterling service. Fert/lime spreading, spraying, baling and power harrowing. The last 10 or 12 with a loader on, so in sort of semi-retirement.
    No major problems - she's had a few clutches, an alternator or two, a few tyres, etc but she's still on the same block :whistle: (actually we've never had a Ford with a porous block).
    thumbnail_20181030_135928.jpg Considering the amount of salt blends she's spread, I didn't think the old lass looked too bad, although the mudguards have 'gone' and the door bottoms are starting to 'go'.
    Apparently she's going to see out her last days in warmer climes, so they probably won't need the cold start button in the mornings ;)

    Here's couple of pics of her in her Glory Days.........
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    34.jpg
     
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  2. Nearly

    Nearly Member

    Location:
    North of York
    Could have told me. ;)
     
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  3. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    She was hardly good enough for such a 'discerning collector' as yourself :whistle:
     
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  4. Flat 10

    Flat 10 Member

    Location:
    Fen Edge
    How could you?
     
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  5. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    Still got her older sister (y)
     
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  6. glasshouse

    glasshouse Member

    Location:
    lothians
    Are you going to "boff" her?
     
  7. glasshouse

    glasshouse Member

    Location:
    lothians
    what price did you get?
     
  8. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2018
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  9. chaffcutter

    chaffcutter Moderator

    Location:
    S. Staffs
    How many hours in those 32 years?
     
  10. glasshouse

    glasshouse Member

    Location:
    lothians
    Ten thousand depreciation
    Over 8000 hrs?
    Bought for £18k
    Sold for £8k
     
  11. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    Now you've got me thinking :scratchhead: I've just remembered that it had a new odometer in the dim and distant past - a quick trip to the office tells me that it's proper hours are 14750, give or take a few for when the clock malfunctioned.

    In it's early days it was doing 1000/1100 hrs a year but for the last 10 or 12 it's been poddling around the yard with a loader on.

    This means I need to revise my depreciation figure to £0.98/hr :whistle:
     
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  12. She would’ve made someone a lovely retirement project!
     
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  13. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    There would have been a fair bit of work- the dealer I sold it to reckoned the fertiliser had done a bit too much to the tinwork for it to be a restoration project. He's exporting it to one of the Mediterranean countries.

    I've got another one, that's a year older, that would be a better bet for restoring;)
     
  14. I’ve seen a few out here. They all seem to be in good condition and earning their keep. The drier climate keeps the rot out of the tin work I guess, but I’m always amazed at some of the restoration work done on some of the Facebook groups. People put allot of time and effort into getting them looking good!
     
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  15. no major repairs?
     
  16. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    Nothing you wouldn't expect - just had a look............4 clutches, 3 batteries, 2 alternators, 1 water pump, 2 sets of injectors. It looks like it's biggest expense would be the 4 air con compressors it had:facepalm: That eras Ford A/C was :poop: (it went away needing another one:arghh:)
     
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  17. 76masseyman

    76masseyman Member

    Location:
    Lincolncestershire
    I remember seeing it on that low loader, with the loader tractor towing it.
    Was it a 6700 on the front ?
     
  18. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    It was a 7700 with a loader. It had 6700 bonnet panels on the nearside 'cos the 7700 had been used on the hedgecutter and when we put the h/c on the 6700 we swapped the panels so not to spoil another set - IYSWIM
    This probably explains it better.....
    24.jpg
    ......that's the 6700 with the 7700 tinwork.
     
  19. sh40

    sh40 Member

    Shame to see things like that exported. Would the dealer get a high price for exporting it rather than selling it as is to a customer.
     
  20. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    To be fair, export was the right job for it. I know the dealer well and trust him. He'll have a bit out of it and I've got what i thought it was worth and there'll be no comebacks. Win, win situation (y)
     
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