Hamilton and Ross Customer John Clark Showcases His Collection of Fine Vintage TractorsJuly 14, 2016
Founded in 1933, the Hamilton Ross Group has witnessed the revolution of modern farm machinery first hand and since our first recorded sale in 1946, we’ve flogged a tractor or two. We may be dinosaurs but it’s always a joy to be reacquainted with an old tractor sold by us many moons ago! In recent years, John Clark of Woodlands Farm, Lesmahagow has reunited the team with many a fine vintage tractor.
Hamilton Brothers, alongside our sister company Ross of Lanark, have assisted many customers with the restoration of their tractors, some of which were previously sold from our original depots on Abercorn Street in Paisley and St Leonard Street in Lanark! John Clark is one such customer to make use of our services.
John started collecting Massey Ferguson tractors in 1998 and has, since, built up his collection with the help of the Hamilton Ross Group. Today he has six tractors in his collection spanning from models manufactured in the 1950s through to the present day,
“I had always tinkered with tractors so collecting was a natural progression and a perfect pastime. My father bought a second hand Massey Fergsuon 399 from Lanark in 1998 and that kick started everything,” said John.
MF 399 Still Going Strong
The MF 399 was originally bought in 1994 and was traded in prior to the Clark family’s purchase. Since, John has made it his hobby to restore tractors from the ground up and, thanks to regular maintenance, the Massey 399 is still worked on the farm day in and day out.
In 2009 John added an MF 168 to his collection, which was originally sold by Ross of Lanark in 1973 to local farmer Arthur Russel and then moved farms with his daughter when she married. Determined to find out more about the history of his Massey, John contacted Ross of Lanark for help. Company Director, Bryce Smith was able to locate the original sales invoice and, as a result, John was able to ensure the model retained its original licence plate number for accuracy.
Ross of Lanark – THE place to go for Massey Spare Parts
That’s not the only time John has relied on Lanark for help with his collection. Indeed, he also purchased an MF 135 from the family of our very own Ross of Lanark Agricultural Sales Manager Andrew Currie!
“The 135 tractor, which was bought by Andrew’s father in 1969, was on its last legs when I got it. However, I was able to strip it out and rebuild it. I rebuild old parts but I buy Genuine filters and oils from Lanark. Restoring Ferguson’s is great because there are so many parts that are interchangeable across the range.”
John continued, “Ross’s have always been there for me. When looking for a tractor, I can be quite specific about what I want but Andrew usually finds it!”
Since, John has also purchased a MF 5464 from Hamilton Brothers and JCB 526-56 from Ross of Lanark and uses these, in addition to his vintage fleet for day to day farm tasks.
Never one to rest on his laurels, John recently completed the restoration of a Fraser silage trailer ahead of the season and is already on the lookout for another project.
“Now the trailer is complete, I am looking for another project. Ideally, I would like a 1980s Massey Ferguson tractor to complete the vintage collection so it spans over five decades.”
Share your Vintage Tractor Stories
At the Hamilton Ross Group we are always interested in uncovering tales from our long history and helping with restorations. With experienced service staff, obsolete parts stock and sales ledgers dating back 80 years, we can often help restore tired tractors and trace their history so get in touch and tell us about your latest project!
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