The story about our infection with the tractorvirus.
Let me start at the beginning,
my parents live on a little farm and of course a tractor is the one thing
that makes a farm a farm, besides animals I suppose.
This is nevertheless the basis for our love with the old rusty machines and in the long run was keeping our tractor alive more and more a challenge instead of a must, especially when in the neighbourhood we were the last ones who owned a old rusty tractor and we were surrounded by new and shiny roaring monsters.
Some day, my brother Bert and
I decided that it would be fun and a challenge to be occupied with one
extra tractor. So we went on the look out for a victim. This became an
old Ford Major who carried an Atlas crane.
With the earned money we then
restored the Ford Major. Now we regret that we didn't do this restoration
more professionally, it is now only fair to say that the tractor leaks
oil at every side and also the paint is not really in a good shape. However
we did our first restoration job and it tasted for more.
My father was also one of the people who is changed definitely because of the virus and he is the one who is carrying the doubtful honour that because of him we became collectors. He is the person who on vacation in Luxembourg fell over a threshing machine when he was driving around with my mother. The thresher was standing in a meadow and my father wondered what that thing was doing outside. So he informed a bit around and soon found out that the thresher was about to be burned, because the farmer needed the space and no one was using such a machine anymore. So immediate my father bought the machine and a couple of weeks later we were on the road to Luxembourg to bring the threshing machine to his new home.
Fortunately another brother of us Jan, just started his own business as a blacksmith and he was the proud owner of the van that you see at the pictures.
Since then we collected rapidly some nice tractors, first a Hela in the north of the country, then we found our Deutz and Lanz in Germany. The owner of these two tractors had given up the hope after many efforts to start the Lanz and also he thought that the Deutz was a tractor that didn't deserve to be restored, so we were able to get this two items of our collection at a very low budget prize.
In the meanwhile a next brother
Aart, also began to gather some tractors, he bought a Hanomag R40, R16
and with my father he owns a R27. With me he bought a Deutz, so the barn
was slowly filled with tractors.
Now we have restored our Lanz,
build a large trailer to transport our stuff and my fahter is working
to make a old wooden wagon look brand-new.