Chris Wilson, who has been a long-time associate of Sandstone Estates, has been working on a John Deere AO Orchard tractor.
Some years ago we came to an arrangement with a farmer in the Langkloof who had two of these to take one in exchange for restoration of the other. It has taken a long time to schedule the time to do this but the restoration is well on its way.
In Chris' words:
"Just started the old girl and moved her under her own power for the first time. Quite pleased – starts first turn every time, runs well, pulls strongly, all gears okay, clutch & brakes good after some adjustment & steering okay.
Now just the cosmetics.
The bent panels have been professionally panel beaten – just remains to prep & paint the tractor, panels & assemble."