CLASSIC FORD IS SO GENUINE
This very genuine and original Ford 7710 has benefitted from spending its entire life on one farm and with an owner that has always made sure it’s well looked after.
This 1982 model started its life as the main working tractor on Roy Limbrick’s farm at Sherborne, near Cheltenham. Over the years, as more modern and powerful machines have arrived, it has gradually taken on more of a supporting role.
During the cereal harvest it can be found carting corn from the combine to the grain store. When the farm’s 700 acres of combinable crops have been harvested the sprightly 7710 goes into field rolling mode, gaining dual wheels on the rear and 12.0 x 18 flotation tyres on the front.
The tractor, registration number CAD 739Y, was purchased new from Ford dealer P. A. Turney’s Middleton Stoney branch in Oxfordshire at a cost of £16,442. Included in that price were a number of extras, namely a third spool valve, air-conditioning and a radio, which were considered to be luxuries
in the early 1980s. Over the years it has gained a weight frame adapted from an MF tractor, sliding Walterscheid hook ends on the lift arms, and hydraulic trailer braking.
When the Ford 7710 was delivered the 1000-acre farm, situated in the Cotswolds beside the main A40 road, was growing cereals and running 300 beef cattle. Today, the livestock side has been scaled back to a herd of 70 Limousin-cross cows and their spring-born calves.
The Ford 7710 was the main ploughing tractor back then, working with a conventional six-furrow semi-mounted Kverneland BB plough with Hydrein bodies. The tractor was particularly suited to the semi-mounted plough as its Load Monitor draft control system adjusted the working depth according to changes in torque in the transmission, lifting and lowering the front of the plough on the linkage and the rear wheel via a remote ram.
On the livestock side, the 7710 powered a New Holland Super 717 trailed forage harvester during the silage season, and its other tasks included spraying, top dressing and cultivations.
Unusually, the Y-plate tractor still retains its original smooth block, 4.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Despite now having more than 12,000 hours on the clock, the engine block has never gone porous. In terms of repairs, it has had two replacement clutches, and a set of replacement pistons after one of the pistons cracked. The Load Monitor linkage came apart twice inside the housing and had to be fixed and, like many early Ford Series 10 Series, CAD 739Y was recalled during its first year of service for modifications to the gearbox.
Apart from these repairs, which are to be expected given the hours, everything else is original and still working as good as new.
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