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That's an early GD mountfield label I believe...

Hello Mark,

                  I just wondered how the 2 companies were linked. I know that they were down the road from one another (Slough & Maidenhead) but i don't know about the histories.

 

Regards, Philip

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I think they are one and the same... they started importing, moved premises and started making their own.

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I thought you might like a bit more background info on Multipower in Effingham. When my father worked there as a salesman way back in the 1960's they were:
Mid Surrey Garden Centre. It was horses from there that I used to drive at the Surrey show.
I drove past the premises around 8 years ago and they were still in business as multipower machinery, but a quick look on street view shows that they are now MPS garden machinery.

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Fathers day today and my father wanted to see the wheel horse run and whilst it was sat ticking over gently he reminisced about the old days, this is what he told me.
Back in the 60's Westwood used to show Wheel horses at Chelsea flower show, once that show was over all the tractors went "sale or return" to Mid Surrey Garden Center who then took them to the Surrey county show at Stoke park, Guildford. They used to have a stand in prime position right next to the arena.

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Great photo - thanks! I think Multipower went bust then re-emerged as MPS.

Andy

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Might be of interest to someone, dealer sticker on my c120, googled them once came up with nothing, be interested to know if there still going? 

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I picked up a 1983 C125 this week which appears to have spent some time in England. I have no idea how it found its way to Australia as I got it from a dealer who took it as a trade-in. He gave me the previous owner's name but I haven't been able to contact them yet. I don't think the C125 were sold in Australia, I haven't seen one here before (then again I hadn't seen a 512-D either).

Here is mine;

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It has a Mountfields metal plate on the lhs hood stand, it appears to be stuck on with adhesive;

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The Mountfields serial number is 15527. There are also two decals for "Rochfords", one at the top of the dash;

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and another the same on the rear fender pan under the seat;

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I am guessing that Rochfords may have been the retailer or serviced the machine after sale. Does any-one know where they were located?

There is also this decal at the base of the hoodstand, which I haven't seen before.

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Any ideas on who would likely  have attached that?

Does any-one know for certain how the Mountfields plate is attached? I would like to take it off to have the panel powdercoated but don't want to damage it.


 

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could it be Rochford Garden Machinery - Wincanton, Somerset ?

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Does any-one know for certain how the Mountfields plate is attached? I would like to take it off to have the panel powdercoated but don't want to damage it.

Hi Aussie, Fine example you have there. Yes, the GD Mountfield  Plate is attached with a Self Adhesive layer.
I removed mine carefully teasing it off with a thin strong Pallet Knife blade while allowing White Spirit (Turpentine) to soak in an soften it. I used that solvent to avoid possibly dissolving the printed lettering.
As for the H & S label, I suspect the machine may have been used by Market Garden or small business establishment where various Employees operated the Tractor. The Label could have been an anti litigation requirement. 
As for Rochfords, could well be. 1983 is not long ago for some of us and the company may still be around  as in it's current Online form. I could not access the Company History to check it. 
Regards 

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Thank you AT. I am very happy with the tractor, spent the day today cleaning it . It needs lots of little things done, but nothing major. All the belts are shot, some missing grease nipples, wrong and missing fasteners, lift arm doesn't lock up, loose drive pulley, new shifter boot, adjust brakes. The motor sounds strong and seems to run well. I will give it a full service, decarbonize the head and change all of the fluids. Should come up really well. 

I just spoke to the previous owner. Apparently it was brought over to Australia about six or seven years ago in a container load of antiques and the p.o. thinks it may have been a part of an estate purchase. It was in the present condition when imported. It has been resprayed at some time in the past but otherwise appears very original.

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Hello Redsquare, haven't posted for quite a while, apologies. Quite by chance I met up with Neil the other day (nice chap) we got talking about wheel horses so my interest was sparked. I took some pictures of dealer stickers from my tractors that have them. So...

PA TURNEY '86 512-D

FRIAR CLIFF '68 Raider 10

ROCHFORD '93 312-8

So to answer Aussies question Rochfords were wheel horse dealers and still sell garden equipment, they're about eight miles from me. :):)

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Apologies for not posting for quite a while but various things have eaten up my time over the last year.

Picked up a 1972 Raider 10, 8 Speed (AKA 6 speed) today. It's in very original unmolested condition.

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I'll post a few pics over the weekend but the one below of the back of the seat really belongs in this thread.

 

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Seems Bostrom Baltic seats had serial numbers - didn't know that.

 

Andy

 

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Good to hear from you again Andy, I think I understand the reasons for your absence.

Your latest acquisition look's like a good machine.

By Serial number, your seat is much older than one I obtained for my C-120.

My later Bostrum Seat labels are Black and Green lettering on Chrome background with a 10 digit serial number.

Regards.

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Good to be back Richard,

 

Took the clutch idler pulley off today as it was very noisy and discovered it had been replaced at some stage. Result another sticker for the collection in this thread.

 

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The Mountfield (UK distributor) serial number stickers on Wheel Horses are well known but of course they imported and distributed spare parts as well. First time I've seen one of these - note the Wheel Horse part number 7451.

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wrong country list! 

 

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