Local Farmer Boasts Impressive Collection of Ford Tractors

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For the final 30 years, Gerhard Fouche has farmed maize, wheat and soya beans at his Free State farm and, over time, has cultivated a love for Ford tractors.

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Alongside the manufacturing of the two-door Capri, Escort, Fairlane, Granada and lots of different honored Ford fashions, the Neave Meeting was tasked with assembling Ford’s Thames and Louisville vans and the Fordson Main diesel tractors. This episode of “Our Ford Tales” highlights one Ford fanatic’s assortment of Ford tractors from a bygone period.

The farm is called Eden and is positioned between Clocolan and Marquard within the Japanese Free State. The farm is dwelling to Fouche’s noteworthy assortment of Ford Tractors. In Fouche’s assortment is a 1948 Fordson Main, doubtless the E27N mannequin, which encompasses a 4.4-litre four-cylinder able to producing 33.6 kW. One other noteworthy mannequin in his assortment is a 1965 Ford 5000 tractor that was supplied in a diesel or petrol variant with a 3.8-litre four-cylinder engine. The Ford 5000 tractor may very well be outfitted with an eight-speed transmission, however prospects might go for the “select-o-speed” transmission, consisting of ten ahead gears.

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The opener to the video showcases Fouche behind the wheel of his Ford 8730. In line with Fouche, this mannequin was the final huge tractor Ford produced utilized by Boer farmers. At its core is a 6.6-litre size-cylinder diesel engine mated to Ford’s Energy Shift transmission, praised by Fouche as one of many parts that make it a reliable machine.

“My onderbroek is ook blou, my bloed is ook blou en my vertroue in die goed [Ford tractors] is baie.” – Gerhard Fouche

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