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Baz
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31 of 43  Tue 15th Jan 2013 11:18pm  
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A friend worked there and told me about a tractor they had tied to centre point out the back that just kept going around and around in a makeshift paddy field. Then there was the wooden wheels they put on when they ran out of wheels and tyres. Thumbs up
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Catshed
Old Chapelfields
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32 of 43  Wed 16th Jan 2013 8:50pm  
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On 15th Jan 2013 11:18pm, Baz said: A friend worked there and told me about a tractor they had tied to centre point out the back that just kept going around and around in a makeshift paddy field. Then there was the wooden wheels they put on when they ran out of wheels and tyres. Thumbs up
We made 'wooden wheels' for certain tractors we exported for Massey at W.T Packaging, Currier's Close and at D.K. Packaging in Rugby, you had the main rim butt fitted wooden slats and bound them on with steel banding. Most times it was so they could be driven into the containers for countries that could not accept a CKD tractor for re-assembly, or where a country fitted their own tyres. Here's some JCB's we exported along with Massey's with wooden wheels in Canley.
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ballingham10
Dorset
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33 of 43  Fri 30th May 2014 5:02pm  
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This was a night out at "The Night Out" in Birmingham organised by Massey Ferguson employees in the 1970s, I think. My parents are on here - Ken and Sheila Egglestone.
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morgana
the secret garden
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34 of 43  Sat 27th Sep 2014 1:05pm  
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Not sure if anyone is interested - film footage Edited by member, 27th Sep 2014 1:06 pm
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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35 of 43  Sun 5th Oct 2014 7:44pm  
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On a rare visit to Coventry today, we passed along Banner Lane, where we stopped to photograph the plaque at Bannerbrook Park commemorating the Massey Ferguson tractor factory
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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36 of 43  Wed 22nd Jul 2015 10:42am  
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A sample of Coventry-produced tractors, seen last weekend at a show Thumbs up
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Gumnut
Moruya NSW Australia
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37 of 43  Thu 23rd Jul 2015 8:55am  
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I worked for seven years at the Banner lane plant from the early 1990's. There were many days when I really didn't like working there, really wanting to be elsewhere. There were good times, all down to group of people I worked with. Many many many characters, the production line needed it so you could stay sane. I was a little sad when it as closed down, and then demolished. That place and those people will always be a memory. I guess the people behind the tractor don't often get remembered. There was a older guy who had worked there from the age of 16 and racked up 44 years of service, I remember him telling me how he had been wearing his Omega 20 years service watch for nearly 25 years! That puts my time into perspective. Feelings of nostalgia are funny things hey!!!!!
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Cherwell
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38 of 43  Thu 28th Jul 2016 6:48pm  
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Tractor parade to celebrate 70 years of tractor building Thumbs up
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Dougie
from Wigan
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39 of 43  Fri 29th Jul 2016 8:40pm  
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Big grin I know they should be M.R. but they are very good photos, Wink we go past the old factory site most times we come to Coventry as we have family that live in the area
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40 of 43  Mon 28th Jan 2019 6:39pm  
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'A Coventry manufacturing giant that came and went' - Telegraph article
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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41 of 43  Mon 2nd Nov 2020 12:28pm  
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From early 2000, I was involved in sub-contract gear grinding for MF, it was mostly to correct heat-treatment distortion. My contact was a guy called Malc who ran the gear shop. On visiting, you always had to report to the main reception, and what a place that was! All oak panelling, spiral staircase and a T20 on display. When the demolition started, some of the demolition team drank in Massey’s club, one night one mentioned that he had been able to buy Massey's old fire engine, so I asked him if he could get me one of the main gate flagpoles (I use a 5 metre fishing pole in my back garden, flying the George cross), but sadly no joy and they were broken up.
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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42 of 43  Mon 2nd Nov 2020 8:15pm  
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The Shipping Office was right at the rear of the site, accessed from Broad Lane, when I was there (albeit as a contractor, not an MF employee). It was common knowledge in Coventry, in the last century (makes me feel old), that Masseys at Banner Lane was the worst (biggest) factory in Coventry for tea-leafing (= thieving or nicking or stealing stuff, for those of our readers who are not the cognoscenti. Or from London). We heard that one day, an articulated lorry pulled up, with all the ostensibly correct paperwork, and 6 tractors were loaded onto the lorry, the driver duly signed the paperwork, then drove off. It gets worse (or better, depending on your viewpoint). A couple of hours later, another driver (the real or genuine one) pulled up, and the security bloke told him "must be some mistake mate; you're too late, one of the other drivers from your firm has already taken these tractors". The driver was nonplussed. "Other driver from my firm? What firm? There's only me, and I'm self-employed!" By which time the earlier driver was well away, and the 6 tractors on their way to Europe. Probably. Most probably an inside job. It's a good story.
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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43 of 43  Tue 3rd Nov 2020 9:04am  
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I think the Standard must have been on a par, there were always stories of people having their cars either re-engined or re-sprayed on the night shift. Actually knew a guy who had to park his TR6 outside and walk into work!
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