Rare TEA tractor fitted with three cylinder diesel engine makes appearance

September 16, 2014

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Ian Wood, of Rutherglen, with his rare grey Fergy.

One of only three Massey Ferguson TEA tractors fitted with a three cyclinder P3 Perkins diesel engine in Australia will be a star attraction at the vintage machinery display at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

The rare, fully restored tractor will be exhibited at the field days on September 23-25 by Rutherglen vintage farm machinery collectors Ian, Kaye and Jack Wood.

The family run a 180ha mixed farm at Dugay’s Bridge and bought the 1953 TEA at a clearing sale near Shepparton three years ago.

The tractor joined a collection of up to 10 Massey Ferguson’s, Lanz Bulldogs and a Field Marshall.

A member of the Harry Ferguson Tractor Club of Australia, Mr Wood has been collecting vintage tractors for almost 10 years, along with Furphy water carts, and a large range of implements.

Each March, the family host a ploughing day for Massey Ferguson enthusiasts.

“This year we had 18 grey Fergy’s from all over Victoria and NSW ploughing on the day – this was followed by a tractor trek,’’ Ian said.

A member of the Corowa Historical Club, he said the rare TEA was bound to attract much interest at the field days.

Henty and District Antique Machinery Club president Rob Dawe said the Perkins diesel engine would be a theme of this year’s vintage display.

“We will have a range of tractors and self-propelled headers manufactured with the Perkins engine on show,’’ Mr Dawe said.

The popular Bulldog tractors will make another appearance at the field days, along with a selection of classic stationary engines.

Club secretary Ian McGee said a 1947 Engine Function (EF) baler – wire tie and with a restored engine – would give working demonstrations making bales from loose hay.