Outnumbered in the Matter of a Leyland 154

Farm Collector writer Josephine Roberts finds herself outnumbered in the matter of a Leyland 154 tractor acquisition.

| December 2018

  • Leyland 154 tractor
    Owned by Terry and Dewi Jones of North Wales, this Leyland 154 is in tidy condition. The 154 was built throughout the 1970s in Bathgate, Scotland.
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts
  • Leyland 154 tractor
    My son Tegid and his dad joined forces and managed to sneak this old wreck of a Leyland 154 home.
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts
  • Leyland 154 tractor
    It looks pretty bad, and it is actually worse than it looks, as the engine is a non-runner. Thankfully they didn’t pay much more than scrap value for the entire thing.
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts
  • Leyland 154 tractor
    The awful cab has at least offered some protection to the tractor, which has stood out in the British weather far too long.
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts
  • Leyland 154 tractor
    The grille is a non-entity, but the worst part is that awful cab. When that’s gone, the tractor will look a lot better.
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts
  • Leyland 154 tractor
    Let’s hope that, if nothing else, the gearbox and hydraulics work all right, but we won’t know all that for sure until the engine is fixed. 
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts
  • Leyland 154 tractor
    This is the stage we are at right at the moment.
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts
  • red mower
    My son loves vehicles, but so far his experience has been limited to mowers, and I want to keep it that way, for as long as possible, given that he is only 10.
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts
  • Leyland 154 tractor
    My partner, Alistair, loves his Leyland 272. He uses it to mow local golf courses and rugby pitches.
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts
  • Leyland tractor
    Pictured here at Northwoods Tractor, Gleason, Wis., an American example with a down-swept exhaust, whereas the British version has an upright exhaust.
    Image courtesy Josephine Roberts

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  • Leyland 154 tractor
  • Leyland 154 tractor
  • Leyland 154 tractor
  • Leyland 154 tractor
  • Leyland 154 tractor
  • Leyland 154 tractor
  • red mower
  • Leyland 154 tractor
  • Leyland tractor

So this is the situation. My partner has brainwashed our 10-year-old son Tegid into liking a certain make of tractor. I expect this is quite a regular occurrence amongst parents who are tractor enthusiasts, because our opinions will always influence those of our children, but my partner has gone one step further and has actually bought the tractor that he has brainwashed our son into liking.

So our son thinks that the tractor is for him, when really my partner wants it just as much as our son does. Never one to miss a cunning opportunity to purchase another unnecessary machine, my partner is nevertheless fully briefed about the fact that we have no space for any more old tractors, but he's seen a little chink in my armour, a way of possibly slipping another one in, just a small tractor, like a Leyland 154 for instance, if it was for our son.

Once the idea is in my son's head, of course, I'm the bad guy if I say no, and there's the two of them telling me just how small a Leyland 154 actually is. "I know!" I say. "I've seen them, I've even driven one, and they are barely any smaller than a Ferguson." Oh no, I'm told, they are really, really small, way smaller than a Fergie.

My argument — our son is only 10 and has no need of a tractor — falls on deaf ears, because they have an answer for everything lined up in advance. They "mansplain" that this tractor is a cheap wreck, so cheap it's barely costing anything, and it won't work for years, and during that time, slowly, together they will do it up, and one day, when he's older, our son can drive the tractor he's restored with his dad.



It all sounds quite plausible, and looking at a photograph of the tractor in question I can safely say that it looks like a long-term project. And in any case, there's not a lot I can say on the matter, because I have three horses residing here, none of which are essential by any means.

But before I have a chance to agree or disagree, they decide they had better hot foot it over to England to see the tractor, "before someone else buys it." I suspect there was no "someone else," as most people would have decided that the tractor was far too dilapidated to bother with, but there we are. The Terrible Two go off with the trailer behind them to the far reaches of England, armed with a lot of biscuits and a small wad of cash to buy the little wreck of a tractor.

Madman
11/13/2018 3:10:14 PM

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