Students restore vintage tractor

Borders College students with the tractor they have restored.

Borders College students with the tractor they have restored.

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BORDERS College students have restored an old Ferguson tractor as part of their engineering course.

Landbased service engineering students at the Newtown St Boswells campus replaced the gearbox, radiator, brakes and tyres, built new bodywork, resprayed and did other work to bring the vintage 1960, 35 diesel Ferguson back to its former glory.

The owner of the tractor, retired lawyer Paul Mather, 80, from Kelso is so delighted he has offered to lend it to the college for open days, to demonstrate the students’ work and raise money for student funds.

Course tutor Dave Black said “This was an unusual project for our students to undertake but over the course of the project, ticked all the right boxes for them. It was certainly a challenge and sourcing and creating new parts made it interesting but our students were up for it and got a lot out of it personally.”

The work took over two years.