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    I got the TDub out on the Sabbath to run the 10 yo old boy up to 70 yo Jim who is going to get my vintage tractor running and restored. He agreed to take the kid who is mechanically obsessed under his wing as an apprentice. Before going the missus says she wants to learn to ride the bike. I says that's why I got the TDub. She rides around the paddock but can't get the hang of gears etc. That's ok. The kid climbs on to show her since he knows the theory and discovers that his toes can touch the ground. He takes a ride and starts by kicking up some dirt then drops it when trying to stop. I tell him thats ok just get used to kicking out the stand.We then take a fast ride up to Jims through the forest with him on the back. He nearly got thrown by the humps but had to learn to get up on the pegs.



    I go and play polo and then fetch him on the bike in the afternoon after taking a ride up into the mountains and along the river to scope some fishing spots for the next weekend. I find the track covered in porcupine holes but the fat tires float over them. At Jim's I find two proud boys who have the old Nuffield BMC running. He reckons when they're done she could enter a vintage show since her panels are straight. We sip a celebratory whiskey (not the kid!). Jim is an electrical engineer with a big background in mechanics. I reckon he could crack the FM CDI mystery. We chat about that over a whiskey. Then don our helmets and have a lovely ride home. The missus congratulates me for putting these boys together to play. They were not working, it was the sabbath after all.

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    Torque, If you are not a professional writer, you should consider it. Your two paragraphs read like the start of a novel - lots of information, lots of images, and even the introduction of at least 4 primary characters. By all means keep the chapters coming. We'll let you know when you should try for a concluding chapter and bundle it for publication. We are always open to outside experts helping us engineer innovations. Cheers, Tom
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    What year is the tractor? I grew up using a Nuffield 4/25 tractor with a front end loader on it, was like a giant tonka toy for my brothers and I. We were allowed to use it anytime, long as no one got hurt! So no one ever got hurt... least thats what we told our folks. Great little tractors and tough as nails, ours still runs great and now is on my younger brothers farm for his boy to use.

    I have often compared the TW to that old tractor, easy to drive, reliable, easy on fuel, and most of all just plain fun. I would love to see a picture of it if you can, I might even post one of our old girl on here if I find one. Oh the memories..... thanks Torque
    2009 TW200, Jimbo shield, 47&55T rear with DID chain, Maxxis Ceros Rear, Kendra 270 front, extended swing arm, 1"Risers, Rear rack, Raised front fender, XOG GPS.

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    Senior Member peruano's Avatar
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    Hey instead of hijacking Torque's thread. Lets try to create a tractor thread on the off topics section. There are many of us that started out (or ended up) on tractors. OK TW community show us yourself on a tractor or a former tractor friend, or at the very least your concept of a cool tractor. I'll create the thread on the off topics subsection and you all can pitch in. Tom
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    Hijacking?? Take it down a notch perunao and re-read torque's thread, it is about taking his boy to work on a vintage tractor and at the end they get it running. I simply showed interest in his story and think its great he is getting his son involved..... thats it, no hijack here. Just thought a pic of whats in his thread would be nice, so no need for another thread of your own, but thanks anyhow.
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    Hey

    it doesn't really matter where we talk tractors. The TW is in the same league as my Nuffield mini and is a classic. Jim wants to get here looking like this:





    Will get some before pics and look for some of her at work decades ago. She was dead under a tree on a small holding I bought 20 years ago and now gets a full facelift. She is a child of the 60s and is showing her age a tad.



    Malcolm

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    Wrenchpuller, no offense intended, and I apologize if one was taken. My mention of avoiding a highjack was my focus intention to emphasize tractors rather than all the good things Torque did during is big day. Perhaps my line of thought was not adequately evident in my writing. Cheers, Tom
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    I do a bit of wordsmithery for my livelihood Tom, but wished it paid better but maybe someday. My writing is moslty academic but have won a couple of prizes for fishing stories. Am working on a book on horsemanship but maybe should put together something on Zen and the Art of TW maintenance, but that would be more the kind of project for the writers on this forum. It may be worth approaching Yamaha to help fund the publication of a Book of the TW timed with an anniversary 25/30 yrs and still going. Just a thought.



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