AS TRACTORS go, it’s a classic.
Now mechanics in Marsh are turning their hands to restoring the 1960s Ford Dexter for owners Richard and Diana Coe.
Mr and Mrs Coe bought the tractor from a farmer for £250 20 years ago to work the land of their small holding, at Towngate, Hepworth, where they keep horses.
But it fell into disrepair after it stopped working and was left to stand in a field.
Now workers at Marsh Garage are undertaking the painstaking process of restoring the machine to its former glory.
Mrs Coe said: “It definitely has sentimental value, but we are thinking we might show it at classic vehicle rallies when it’s been repaired and painted up.”
The tractor has been completely dismantled and garage owner Steve Oade said it would be a big job that would take a number of weeks.
He said: “It’s a full restoration project because everything has conked out because it has been sat outside for so long.
“We’ve not had a job like this before but the engine is the same as you would have in a Ford Transit van, and you can get any parts you want from the internet these days so it is possible. It will just take time.”
He said when it was restored it could be worth up to £3,000.