My name Is Cole and I am 19 years old and I love old tractors! I live in West Bridgewater Massachusetts with my family on a small homestead. When I was probably 10 years old I used to mow our yard with a 1973 Massey Ferguson MF14 garden tractor. It began to have some problems so it was set aside and we got a more reliable mower. It sat for many years and I always wanted to get it going again. In the summer of 2020 my dad and I pulled it out and got it started. I was happy to have it running, but I wanted to restore it it’s former glory. I began the long process of restoring it, and after a year I had completed it. It was very frustrating at times but in the end I learned an immense amount and decided that I was ready to take on another project.
One day my mom sent me a listing of a Massey Ferguson 50 tractor that was not running and in need of some love. I had not considered a tractor of this size for my project tractor; I planned on another garden tractor. This tractor was more involved than a garden tractor, but after some thinking I was sold.
On the Fourth of July 2021, my family and I went to New Hampshire to get the tractor. It was not running and had a loader on it so it was some work to load it, but we got it on the the trailer to bring it to it’s new home. Within a week my dad and I had it running. I started working through some general maintenance like changing its fluids and a few other things. The tractor is extremely reliable, it can sit for a month and yet still start right away. She is always ready to work. I want to restore it, but for right now, she has some work to do as well as celebrate the Fourth of July!
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Photo by Owen Milbery