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Ford 5000

Super Major Tractor


 

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A nice development from the old Fordson Super Major with some really nice design features. It was a bit exotic too, if a tractor can be exotic.  As a farmer's son at the time I knew a bloke in the village who had a Ford 2000, but you never saw a Ford 5000, they were monster machines. We got a 3000 in about 1973 and a few years later a 4000 - but 5000's - never saw one. I always preferred the Ford tractors to the Massey Fergusons, they were more comfortable and a lot easier to use. Less technically clever, but very powerful and nice to drive. We had a Fordson Power Major once that had a six cylinder engine from a lorry - hell that could pull.

The Ford 5000 tractor was added to the range in 1967 and remained in production through to 1972.  All versions seem to be of similar value. Some tractors continue the feature from the second release Fordson Major, having working lift arms at the back with an integrated pick-up trailer hitch. The later tractors have a cast hitch which does not raise or lower.

The model on the left is made up of two of these, the rebuild story is below.

On one of them the hydraulics wouldn't stay up and the whole bonnet/steering bit was loose and did not work, still it was in nice condition. The other one was a wreck, but had some bits that the other did not and everything worked. Both of these were effectively free, coming in mixed lots where the other items that I really wanted made up the price of the auction - if you follow me. I thought there were enough components here to make one good tractor without any repainting.


Blue with grey mudguards, no pick-up hitch    Blue with grey mudguards, working pick-up hitch
Ford 5000 Super Major Tractor - 67  
 
 
 

I decided to bite the bullet and make one good one out of these two. I began by grinding off the from rivet on both tractors using a Dremel. The second photo explains why the steering did not work on the tractor on the left. The end was broken off. The next picture shows the one-piece vacuum plated trim which makes up the instrument panel, the diesel filler, the exhaust and the air intake. This is the better of the two. I decided to use the bonnet from the tractor on the left, but to use the grille from the other one as it still has its headlamp jewels. After half an hour in warm soapy water the decals came away nicely and I added a new set. However the top grille is less successful as it is not on straight. I did not take the back end to bits so now it was just slot it back together. Now I have a really nice late issue Ford 5000 tractor - and a lot of bits.

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This is another one from a more recent purchase with a working pick-up hitch

 

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