Massey-Ferguson 35 & 36 Models in Detail
Launched in 1958, as the successor to the ubiquitous Ferguson TE20, the Massey-Ferguson 35 was a product of the merger of Massey-Harris and Ferguson. It incorporated numerous improvements and new features and became massively popular worldwide. Its companion, the 65 model, was introduced shortly afterwards and was a larger tractor, offered with the revolutionary Multi Power system that gave 12 forward and four reverse gears. Durable and versatile, these tractors are still a practical proposition today, and even unrestored examples command high prices. Michael Thorne, author of Ferguson TE20 in Detail (2006; ISBN 978 0954998 13 4), continues the story as he describes the development of these models, the production versions and their capabilities, options and extras, conversions, implements and their use today.
Michael Thorne was born in Highgate, North London, in 1938, and first experienced a Ferguson tractor when he drove a TED20 at the age of 14. His early working career was in farming, but by the age of 28 he had moved into engineering and construction. His interest in Fergusons was rekindled in 1985 when he bought a TED20, and since then he has become the Ferguson and Massey-Ferguson enthusiast par excellence. His admiration for the man and his machines is unbounded, and over 20 years he has painstakingly assembled an outstanding collection of Ferguson tractors and items relating to Ferguson and Massey-Ferguson products. The Coldridge Collection in Devon features a display of just over 50 tractors, along with Ferguson and Massey-Ferguson implements. It is open by appointment.