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Re: who invented this?

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12-30-2012 02:04:32

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Without meaning to insult or start a war, and this is only a personal obsevation of mine as I have travelled through 35 states, You lot don't put too much emphasis into aftermarket cab design or looks! Maybe you never needed them as much as we did, but European designers did think about how the cab would look and work on the tractor....Here are some examples....Another thing we had an opening service flap in our bonnets(hoods!) to fill the diesel and coolant

MF offered this Scirrocco flexi-cab as an after market safety cab for farmers looking a cheap cab where the panels could be easily removed...5 mins would strip all the cladding leaving only the windscreen and safety

GKN Sankey cab built for MF compact range

Danish built Sekura safety cab on a of the best looking!

Duncan of Scotland on a 178 again a safety cab

MF offered this more expensive rigid cab to fit on the same safety frame as the flexi cab....Again made by Scirrocco

Back in 1970 when safety cab law was enforced, many tractor fenders had suffered the ravages of the metal worm, Lambourne offed this cheap alternative of a canvas cab with integral fenders....not real pretty!

Not quite sure who built this cab as it was before my time but it was used quite a lot on little fergies. Non safety cab

Cabcraft made this cab for MF, Again a safety and quiet cab. This cab is similar to the cabcraft on the 135 below but it is permanantly fitted and not QD.

Winsom weather cab on an MF35. this was a popular little lightweight cab in the early 60s

In 1964/65 MF offered their first aftermarket cab for the 100 range. built by Duplex it was made of fibre-glass on a lightweight metal frame and not a safety cab.

Victor Stormguard for a Ferguson, again just a weather cab from the '60s

Cabcraft on a 135 QD (Quick detach, the whole top half of the cab unbolted at the top of the fenders and below the windscreen)

Sta-Dri on an industrial 35 (See Tony for the colour code!) This cab was a bit small and cramped and although there were plenty sold back in the early 60s they were not all that popular with drivers. We had a 3 penny coin at the time with 12 edges(not round!) we called it the thrupenny bit and this cab got called the thrupenny bit cab because of its angular shape!

This post was edited by samn40 at 02:37:02 12/30/12.

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12-31-2012 14:43:01

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 Re: who invented this? in reply to samn40, 12-30-2012 02:04:32  
The cab on the Royal Air Force Fergie was made by Scottish Aviation, they were very common on Fregies and I have also seen them on E27N Fordsons and Farmal BMD tractors when I used to live in the land of sleet and fog! You had to clamber in over the 3 point, I dont remember ours having doors
We had a 168 Massey new from Boston tractors in Holbeach, Lincs with the Flexi cladding cab as your first photo of the 135, you could roll side sheets along the engine sides to blow warm air, exhaust and Diesel fumes in to the cab when it was cold. We also had a 65 (ADO 815B) that had a Winsam cab, you had to remove the lower bart of the front screen to open the bonnet to fill with Diesel, I think it ended up in Scotland after trading that and the 168 in for a new Ford 6600 at Doubledays in 1978. Dont knock any of the cabs in your photos, you should see the things made over here, and the locally made front loaders would really make you chuckle, unless you are trying to change a starter motor or even Diesel filters!

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Tony in Mass.

12-30-2012 19:21:23

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 Re: who invented this? in reply to samn40, 12-30-2012 02:04:32  
Sure, pick on poor little Tony...
Tell the truth Sam, that blue is exactly like the blue on that 3165.... with Perkins gasoline AND Coventry Catherdal on the rear castings... so? perhaps UK made for State of New York? Using the same blue???? Agh the interesting things lost to history... well, maybe not....
Thank you for post all these different cabs... now I will quit complaining about mine.

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DavidP, South Wales

12-30-2012 15:01:04

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 Re: who invented this? in reply to samn40, 12-30-2012 02:04:32  
Hi Sam,
Some superb photos. For me the 165 is undoubtedley of the most interest.
Have you come across an MF frame fitted to a pre-1970 100 series tractor which does not have the mounting points cast into the gearbox casing?
As far as I am aware some 135's at least had them fitted. This would of course entail the use of a belly bracket and possibly different front legs. There is nothing in my parts book that indicates that this bracket existed. I wonder if a post 1970 frame was modified and individual brackets made. This raises all sorts of problems as far as safety regs are concerned.
Cheers and Happy New Year

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