After many months of painting sanding and replacing all of the pulleys belts chains and guards Tims combine was reborn into a fine example waiting for its new life to be taken to local shows and working days in his area
and cutting a small acreage at home if time allowed.
Tims combine is a 1957 model and probably one of the last Massey Harris models sold before the emergence of Massey Ferguson in 1958.
It has a ut a BMC petrol engine, many had the conversion to TVO by Newage this engine was similar to those used in the Morris oxford vans, rated at 23hp.
Interestingly at the time of the rebranding
to Massey Ferguson in 1958 many unscrupulous dealers sold the Massey Harris models with later Massey Ferguson badging to benefit from better resale value! and sold as later models.
This 735 model followed
on from 1956 from the very first european built models the 720 and 726 the 722 was only built for one year, and the 735 was eventually phased out in 1962.
Tanker versions of these models were quite rare at this
time, as farms could handle the bags better, and very few farmers could handle bulk grain, but times were rapidly changing and tank kits were available from Massey and within a few short years most new combines would be tanker only! Times were rapidly changing.
Many commentators will argue at the time that Massey put a lot of effort into designing and selling smaller combines in the Uk and probably delayed more effort into
bigger combines for the rapidly growing arable businesses that were hungry for bigger machines
within a short few years the larger models came along like the 400 and 500 series but at this time smaller arable growers
were happy with this new self propelled harvester concept.