Spring is here which means it’s time for our vintage Massey Harris Pony tractor to get to busy on the land. Despite it’s fifty three years of toil, it will still happily cranks up on a chilly morning and chugs off across the field pulling it’s plough or cultivator.  I thought it time to reward it’s valiant efforts with some new parts. The headlight glass lenses were broken when I acquired it and the rear work light had not only the lens missing but had no silver left on the reflector at all and didn’t work. Step forward La Boutique du Tracteur, a specialist vintage tractor shop near Toulouse in France. Their online shop listed not only the proper Auteroche glass lenses but also complete light units. I ordered three complete Auteroche units and they arrived very well packaged within a few days and all at a pretty reasonable price. Superb service and highly recommended!

I elected to use just the glass for repairing the headlights, keeping the slightly tarnished reflectors and weathered housings, as to use the new units or their internals would have meant losing the original yellow bulbs (the Pony was built in France) and the side lights, as well as spoiling the lovely patina the machine has earned. On the rear I did fit complete new internals as well as new glass to the work light as this need to be a clear bulb anyway. Now I just need to source a new tail light, a couple of reflectors and an original engine stop cable and it’ll be back to having everything functioning as it should, ready for another 50 years of hard labour.

2 Responses to “La Boutique du Tracteur”

  1. burabuda says:

    that last photo’s looking mighty artsy!

  2. michiel says:

    ‘Boutique’ and ‘tracteur’ in one sentence… excellent. Great looking machine!

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