Two Irish firms that have helped maintain the usefulness of 'old-timers' and modernise them is Kildare's C&G Cabs and Meath's Hand Engineering.
C&G is well known for its expertise in manufacturing cabs for tractors, forklifts, dumpers and anything that needs weather-proofing.
A Massey Ferguson 135 is the ideal candidate for such weather-proofing and a standard specification C&G cab sells for €2,385 + VAT.
This comes as standard with a powder-coat paint finish and mud wings that are built into the cab with floor plates supplied too.
There are side and rear-opening windows, side mirrors, a front wiper, toolbox, sun visor and rear curtain. Options include lights/indicators front and back for an extra €120, internal padding for €150, cab heater at €300, plough-light or beacon for €50, two spotlights for €80 and galvanised for €450 (all figures exclude VAT).
At the front, the cab is mounted onto a bracket, which is supplied. To the rear, it is fitted on top of the rear axle. C&G says that fitting is straightforward.
C&G can also fit at its factory in Clane for an extra €250 + VAT. For more, visit www.machinery-cabs.com or telephone 045 868456.
Hand Engineering manufactures a broad range of products, among them pick-up hitches for older tractors from Massey Ferguson, Ford, Fiat, Deutz, CaseIH, Same and others.
The firm manufactures hitches for old-timers such as the Massey Ferguson 35, 65 and 135 plus Ford 3000 and 4000.
Currently, Hand has an offer running on its website for new Massey Ferguson 35/135 pick-up hitches.
Hand has reduced this kit from €451 to €415 + VAT. This is an ideal conversion for 35s and 135s that just have a fixed clevis hitch. The kit contains all the necessary parts for the conversion including robust hitch linkage and locking hooks. For more, log onto www.handengineering.com