* 3rd Annual Road Run

Posted on June 9th, 2015 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.


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Words By Tim Ray, Picture by all that attended.

Sunday just gone saw the third annual road run for out local tractor club, with me as the organiser. Its not a well publicised mega event just a gathering of 10-15 mostly ferguson TE-20 tractors to have a wonder around the backroads of north east Sheffield with a stop for lunch before home again. Our start point Is The Royal Hotel in Dungworth. This year I’d worked out the night before a route of about 35ish miles on quiet roads with a few sections crossing major roads. Out destination The Barrel Pub at Bretton for a bite to eat and liquid refreshment. Below is an account of the day in pictures and words. I think I’m working my self up to writing an article for the Ferguson Club magazine on how or how not to organise a road run!

We gathered at 10 am at the Royal and I’d had one or two phone calls from people the day before “is it still on”  so I know it wasn’t just going to be me on my own for the day. Ten tractors in all arrived mostly TE-20’s Petrol, TVO and Diesels, an FE35 Diesel and a couple of MF35 Diesels.

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Thinks were going well the pace was nice and relaxed and after about half an hour we passed The strikes Inn, I momentary lapse in concentration on my part ended up with me crashing to avoid a collision with a car, My fault entirely. So at this point I thought my Road run was over. The tractor was undriveable and I wondered how I was going to get it home.  Well this is when the Ferguson spirit really jumped into life as everyone wondered how the damage could be repaired suitably to allow me to continue.

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you can see below just how bent the radius arm is. It shouldn’t look like a banana.

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Someone lived close by and had a spare and we jumped up and down on the tie rod until it looked straightish. Then we wound the track rod ends in to there minimum. So after a 20 minute impromptu stop I, we were off again.

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Mind you it wasn’t a bad place to stop and get refreshments and chat.

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So off again and all was going well.

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Now it’s at this point I should own up and say I had only looked at the route on google maps and it seemed alright. It did get to one point when we had to do a bit of off roading and I hadn’t pre arranged permission for us to use the access path. Luckily either none noticed or we got away with it or they didn’t mind.

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At this point we all turned off our engines to let a group of pony trekkers past. After they had passed one of the tractors didn’t start again! It was decided that as the lunch stop wasn’t that far away and mostly up hill we would toe the tractor and see if we could get it going after lunch.

And so we arrived a little later tan planned (about an hour) at the pub and there was a lovely flat grassy overflow car park we lined the tractor up on for a photo opportunity.

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The weather was particularly kind to us and lunch was wonderful with something cool to wash it down.

So to the task in hand a none starting diesel tractor. it was turning over but Most people thought it was a fuel starvation issue. again team ferguson to the rescue and many things were tried but unfortunately we did not fix it so one member volunteered to to the tractor all the way back, Thank you F.

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I was told that once home to one of the members house and the filters changed and the fuel lines blown through the tractor started and the driver continued home under his own power.

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I just want to finish by saying what a great day out it was and a joy to be out on such a wonderful day driving abound the back roads on a Ferguson Tractor. Thanks to all that helped.

 

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