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    An interesting afternoon!

    Just put the kettle on for afternoon tea when the phone rang. The father of the man next door. The owner is "working away" to keep the wold from the door, and the father was visiting the property to show a prospect round for the new caretaker; the last one got his marching orders apparently because he would not stay there and kept going into town.

    "I'm bogged, can you help?"

    So I lowered the tyre pressure on the 2a, loaded a chain and puller, and went for a drive. This is on a block I used to own - and they were in a spot I would not have dreamed of driving on in the wet. They had a Great Wall wagon bogged to the chassis, and a MF-35 just in front of it bogged to the axles. I tried pulling them, but it was futile, and I had no intention of getting bogged myself. So then I had to take them home, about an 96km round trip. Tomorrow I will take the tractor over, if the rain does not start too early, and pull them out.
    John

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    1986 110 County 3.9 diesel
    1970 2a 109 2.25 petrol

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    Hi

    Well this will be a fun thread to follow :-)

    My wife and I have a small farm near Kandos/Rylstone. I have only had a couple of experiences towing cars out with a tractor.

    The first was in 2009 when we were looking at farms around Capertee Valley to buy. My wife's Subaru (~ 2003 manual with low range) just got its left wheel in a deep culvert and I had to go looking for a local farmer with a tractor. He was very nice and pulled us out.

    The second time was a bit under a decade ago. We had had the farm for couple of year and I had just bought my first tractor. We had ordered a water tank and had given clear instructions to the company how to get to the farm, which they didn't pass onto the truck driver. He didn't arrive late afternoon as expected but we got a call from the truck driver a bit before midnight on the rainy evening. He had skidded off the road. He had gone the wrong way and the clay roads had got him well and truly. We phoned a tow truck company and met him at the site. His long flat bed trailer (a 6m one, with our water tank on the back) was unhitched and positioned at 45 degrees across the road. The tow truck driver said no-way was his tow truck gonna get him out of that. "Did I have a tractor?" Ummm... yes .... but I have never used it for towing a truck. I have not even driven it on-road before and not over 20 km/h and not even in its highest gears. "Ah don't worry, you just get the tractor and I'll show you what to do."

    First step was to use the pallet forks to lift the trailer so he could get it hitch up again onto the back of truck. The tow truck guy got me to position the tractor and he connected up his really thick straps. Then using the tow truck drivers expertise in guiding me we pulled the truck into position. Then it was a slow trip to the farm as the truck had to be towed for 10 or 15 kms as there were many clay sections that were very slippery. The truck had to keep up its speed, but not too fast and I had to keep ahead of the truck. We got to the farm at 3 am, unloaded my water tank, and the truck driver just wanted to get back home.

    I learn a lot from the tow truck driver that evening and a lot about what my tractor could do.

    Mike
    (The trusty Suby got traded in on our Disco 4 just 2 years ago.)
    Our car: Fuji White MY13 D4 SDV6 SE 3.0 Litre, 8 spd auto.
    My car: Series 2a Workshop, 109 inch WB, ex mil., 1971. To be restored.
    Wife's car: Series 2a FFT, LWB, ex. mil., 1966. To be restored.

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    And an interesting morning! Now have my tractor bogged as well, went to get next door's bulldozer - flat battery, and to cap it off, started to rain. Given up until it dries out a bit.
    John

    JDNSW
    1986 110 County 3.9 diesel
    1970 2a 109 2.25 petrol

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    Pictures? Sounds worthy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by windsock View Post
    Pictures? Sounds worthy...
    Sounds like its worthy of Benny Hill music.An interesting afternoon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNSW View Post
    And an interesting morning! Now have my tractor bogged as well, went to get next door's bulldozer - flat battery, and to cap it off, started to rain. Given up until it dries out a bit.
    A wise move, JD. Now this may or may not be from experience but..........never, ever bog a dozer!!!!!
    He who takes offense when offense was not intended is a fool, yet he who takes offense when offense is intended is an even greater fool for he has succumbed to the will of his adversary.


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    Been there, done that! No plans to do it again!
    John

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    1970 2a 109 2.25 petrol

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    Sounds like the plot for an episode of Dad's Army.
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    Saw this the other day. Never bog a tank either....

    M1 Abrams Stuck in Mud / M1A1 OFF Roading - YouTube
    Life is just a series of obstacles preventing you from taking a nap.

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    seems like a good thread to show off our tractors! Before and afters of my recent refurb.....
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