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A new challenge for Lackham

Congratulations go to the students from Wiltshire College Lackham who undertook the task of rebuilding a Massey Ferguson 35 tractor in under 24 hours. 

Congratulations go to the students from Wiltshire College Lackham who undertook the task of rebuilding a Massey Ferguson 35 tractor in under 24 hours on the 27th June 2007. 

Lackham MF135 rebuildThe students, who are in their first year of a National Diploma in Land Based Technology were set the challenge to completely strip down, overhall and rebuild the 1958 tractor which was donated to the college by the father of a student in return for a £500 donation to the Sue Ryder foundation Nettlebed Hospice in Oxford. Vapormatic supplied the college with all the parts they could need to repair the tractor and with plenty of determination, the students were set to work.

The rebuild started at 6 am and each student was assigned different work areas, which were approached with gusto. A few problems were encountered throughout the day but nothing that halted proceedings for too long. The students finally completed the rebuild by 1am the following morning - six hours before the 6am deadline and although very tired, all of the students and their lecturer, Mike O'Sullivan, were extremely proud and jubilant that they had made such an achievement.

Some very tired students, but one very shiny tractor!The completed tractor has now been donated to Treginnis Farm one of the ‘Farms for City Children". This organisation encourages city children to experience farm life on one of its three farms by offering week long residential programmes involving the children in all aspects of farm life.


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