Last weekend Mrs P and I want to visit Warrick Hansted, who wa secretary of the HCVC when Mrs P was treasurer and I was on the committee.
When we got there on Friday Night we were having a talk over a glass or two (or was that bottle or 2) of Red and he was telling me about life in the country and how he had picked up this Fordson Thames, sight unseen from Adelaide and how I would have to take it for a drive as he thought he paid too much for it and he wanted my opinion. Here is a photo of it in the shed
Saturday was really heavy rain, so much so that we went into town but didn't go to the local show as we didn't want to drown and we got out to the shed late afternoon and had a look around but it was extremely wet. Saturday Night over another bottle or 2 Warrick insisted that I was to take the Fordson for a drive on the Sunday.
So Sunday dawned and there had been fierce storms overnight bringing a tree down onto a neighbour's house. The problem was the weather was still too wild to fix that safely and they had over 5 inches of rain on since Friday Morning.
So when the weather eased the Fordson was started and moved out of the shed. I did a couple of laps of the track around the house then felt game enough to tackle the 500m driveway. It was the first time I have tackled a crash box - the closes was a Rad Ranger while doing my truck licence but I soon got the hang of it and wasn't grinding too many. With a top speed of 30mph the drive was was plenty long enough to use all the gears
I want to help Warrick get the Badger into the shed but there is only one place it will fit and that spot was full of non-running Morris Cowley and Staitonary Motors. If the weather had been fine so we could have put stuff outside as we moved it arould we would have done so. Also the Badger was on a piece of solid ground but the rain had made the ground each side soft so it was safer to leave it there so we didn't bog it.
By the time we left the top dam was a foot higher than Warrick had ever seen it (but still only about 1/3rd full) so he was starting to feel better about this summer.
Anyway here are some photos.
The Thames and Wozza in the only 10 minutes of sunshine all weekend
As for price it is similar to what I paid for my XP in 1999 and I have spent twice that on my Inter so far so I don't think he oooverspent at all. As I pointed out to him the tyres and paint alone were worth that much let alone everything else
Having lived through a pandemic I now understand all the painting of fat people on couches!