Home page for restoration of Mount Pleasant Farm's 1964 Fordson Super Dexta

The story so far, September 2005...

We've had the smallholding for about 5 years and have spent most of the time renovating the house and outbuildings, I bought an Antonio Carraro Bitrak HS tractor with rear loader at a sale to help with general building work and general transport around the fields. Although being very useful, it wasn't the ideal tractor for the job.

The low centre of gravity is perfect for the steep hill in the Pennines, and the steering and seat are reversible, ideal for rear mounted implements, however it has grass tyres and it could do with more weight in the front when using the loader, especially has it has a large 4 way bucket. It does have front wheel weights, and the wheels could be filled with water, but I don't think this would be sufficient with the large bucket. As the bonnet hinges at the front, there is no where additional weight can be bolted on. Excellent tractor, more at home in the field than on general duty.

So, this was sufficient excuse to buy something more interesting, I eventually decided a late model Fordson Super Dexta was the ideal machine, sufficient power for a log splitter, post knocker, cement mixer, bale wrapper etc. old enough to be an appreciating asset,, not a fergie as there are thousands about, but still with readily available parts, I hope....

Doris the Dexta, as she was christened as delivered early October 2005, before restoration.