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Bert Laarhuis 496380 51 Ford 5000 either
This is my own 1973 5000. After i quit farming i kept this tractor because it's fun to drive and i'm planning on restoring it in the future. Unfortunatly i don't have the time to do it now.
It runs perferctly, even with 16000 Hrs on the clock, and without a major overhaul except for a waterpump and a cilinderheadgasket which i mounted about ten years ago.
So much for quality! :-D
I also owned a French 1967 MF 135, a 1967 Ford 3000 and a 1983 6710 of which i don't have pictures left.
Re: Ford 5000
Made a new photo of my pride and joy this afternoon to place it on another site. Thought I might as well place it here too.
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What kind of farm did you had in the past Bert ?
I thought you worked for contractors before going into the waste industry.
The 5000 is looking not too bad at all for a 16 000Hr , 35yo tractor !
some TLC and it's back in full glory for sure ! B-)
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We had a combined dairy and pigbreed farm Roel.
At first I farmed together with my parents starting at the age of 16, but due to the rather small size of the farm I also worked with contractors as a tractordriver and operator on earthmoving equipment.
I still combined the two after my father past away in 1997, but the combination of doing both was unable to handle on the long term, so I decided to quit dairy and pigfarming in the year 2000 and become a fulltime operator in the earthmoving and waste bussiness. I grew barly and corn on the land from that time on.
After my mother died in 2003 I started thinking of quiting it all and move to a smaller home too, which actually happened in the end of 2004 so I don't live there anymore either. I now live in a small town just 4 kilometers from the farm where I was born and raised. Got married to a young widdow with 2 kids in 2006, and we have two kids of our own(twins) now too.
Also in 2006 I started working for the wasteburning and recycling company the contractor worked for. I was hired there as an allround operator since 1998.
This is my life story in a short run.
About the tractor.
It is in very good technical state, so a bit of bodywork on the fenders and a new paint job should do the trick. It has never been painted again after it left the Basildon factory on 12 July 1973, so it doesn't look too bad for it's age in my opinion. Hopefully I find the time over the coming years to restore it to it's former glory. Only thing to it is I don't have a shed to park it in so I will have to do it outside, and with Dutch weatherconditions that won't be the easiest thing to do.
Also the lack of enough free time with 4 kids and a wife who also has a fulltime job makes I rather like to talk in terms of years instead of months when it comes to restoring my baby.
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