Fixing up the Abandoned Vintage Tractor and putting it to work

The rescued David Brown-25 is in rough shape, the exhaust manifold is badly rusted, the oils are full of water and the filters haven't been changed this decade. So I'll do some maintenance / repairs and get it back to work




  • That tractor looks like lightning mcQueens slower cousin who got adopted out .

    Ꮙꅏꅏ ᏉꅏꅏᏉᏉꅏꅏ ᏉꅏꅏᏉ8 tuntia sitten
  • What happens next mate? Me and the other people want to see more of this old Davy!

    Kyle SchmitKyle Schmit20 tuntia sitten
  • Love the channel Marty keep the rebuild coming

    Harley FrieHarley Frie21 tunti sitten
  • How old do you think the tractor is

    Andrew BattenAndrew BattenPäivä sitten
    • 65-68 years old

      Marty TMarty TPäivä sitten
  • How old is the tractor

    Andrew BattenAndrew BattenPäivä sitten
    • This model made from 1953 to 1958

      John SmithJohn Smith13 tuntia sitten
  • She's good for another 70 years. The tractor that is.

    MikahMikahPäivä sitten
  • Who, besides me, is thinking... why?

    P WilsonP Wilson2 päivää sitten
  • Nghe không hiểu nhưng thấy cảm phục, chỉ có những thợ máy yêu nghề mới làm được điều này

    Thành Nguyễn TiếnThành Nguyễn Tiến2 päivää sitten
  • Is all that rusted metal non-structural?

    Brian SmithBrian Smith4 päivää sitten
    • The most vulnerable part of a tractor re rust is the "tinwork" i.e. the mudguards, footplates (under the pedals), the hood and the seat, Everything else metal is very thick...except in this case the actual rear wheel rims are heavily corroded and that is a very important "structural" member...which is why Marty says he is not pushing the tractor with hard work and is looking to replace the rims...

      John SmithJohn Smith2 päivää sitten
  • from what I recall, my 25 had a sort of hemispherical metal covers on the gear levers. Might be wrong though. The gear levers were free to spin, they didn't have pin to locate them unlike the angled one on the grey fergie.

    Austin ShacklesAustin Shackles4 päivää sitten
  • I think this was set up before - since you got all pressure tires in all weels after all those years

    MrZielonyzxMrZielonyzx5 päivää sitten
    • @MrZielonyzx We planted it there about 3 months before. I flew the helicopter that dropped in into the blackberries. The paint looked like it was just a few months old then and the tyres were just inflated. Is that what you wanted to hear ? Marty has told the story, how long it had been there, how it got there, how he was given it etc. This is New Zealand, not fakeland.

      Kevin SmithKevin Smith3 päivää sitten
    • @Paul Hitchcock OK no problem Tractor had to be there only for few years and well maintained before

      MrZielonyzxMrZielonyzx5 päivää sitten
    • You need to concentrate on what is said in the commentary. The tyres were filled with water which, seemingly, is not uncommon with tractors.

      Paul HitchcockPaul Hitchcock5 päivää sitten
  • What are you going to do about the rust paint over it

    Caleb DeanCaleb Dean6 päivää sitten
  • For tractor tires, until you see cracks large enough to stick a Phillips screw driver in them there not worth replacing just because of dry rot

    Joe_ the_mower_manJoe_ the_mower_man7 päivää sitten
  • Something tells me this tractor was completely rusted over and someone slapped a thick coat of red paint over it. The paint shouldn't be in such good shape if the metal is that corroded.

    xixraymondxixxixraymondxix7 päivää sitten
  • Where did you get the new oil filter from? I'm in Feilding and we are acquiring a cropmaster 25.

    Mikey PNZMikey PNZ7 päivää sitten
    • @Mikey PNZ Has the tank got two caps ? My petrol 25 is the same as Marty's. Both are Petrol only and with the 25 they only had a single cap. The 25 TVO/Petrol would have two caps along with other differences discussed here. That engine would have similar internals to yours but there were differences with the petrol engines over the years. You shouldn't have to spend much to get yours going. Parts are available in the UK but freight is always expensive and of course very slow these days.

      Kevin SmithKevin Smith4 päivää sitten
    • @Kevin Smith Its a petrol one. it has the 25 on it. Single seat.

      Mikey PNZMikey PNZ4 päivää sitten
    • @Mikey PNZ There was an engine for sale near you. $100 on Trademe, I think Palmerston North. He has other stuff there that would sort you out. You say Cropmaster 25 but they are different machines. The Cropmaster precedes the 25 but they share many, many parts. Is yours petrol or diesel etc ?

      Kevin SmithKevin Smith4 päivää sitten
    • @Marty T Thanks Marty. How did you work that part is the right one? We are going to need a head gasket, rocker cover gasket. Maybe a piston and liner as one piston has water in it and it is seized. Working out if we can get these from somewhere before we start the project. The tractor is a DB25 single seat. Petrol tank is ok. It was my fathers tractor 20 years ago.

      Mikey PNZMikey PNZ5 päivää sitten
    • The Cropmaster is an earlier model than a 25. I have one of each, both petrol only models. There is very little difference between them but both did evolve over the years. The Cropmaster has a dual seat arrangement and you sit kinda side-saddle, the clutch pedal is over on the right side next to the brake.

      Kevin SmithKevin Smith6 päivää sitten
  • 18:15 Droopy Eye Red

    Alejandro MeriAlejandro Meri7 päivää sitten
  • Much enjoyed...Thanks for sharing...

    Ricky TartRicky Tart8 päivää sitten
  • What a awesome little tractor and a good ending for it, but I hope to see more of it too

    Xayde MeyersXayde Meyers9 päivää sitten
  • Spray wheels/ rims , wire brush, spray oil, then wheel bearing grease for ever

    Robert TolleyRobert Tolley9 päivää sitten
  • Tractors never seem to grow in my back yard

    Tech LandTech Land10 päivää sitten
  • Please make more follow up videos on the work you do on this tractor. I'd love to see how you replace the water filled tires if you decide to do so

    iDisOrderiDisOrder10 päivää sitten
  • 😍

    Brawl Stars Duo YTBrawl Stars Duo YT10 päivää sitten
  • Hey mate I noticed that you run a 78 Evinrude on your boat on previous video and was wondering what you think of it as I've just picked up a 77 115 V4 Evinrude

    Ad HarrisAd Harris10 päivää sitten
    • @Marty T cheers mate Ive been told that they're thirsty girls

      Ad HarrisAd Harris10 päivää sitten
    • I believe mine is 1991 model v4 90hp, probably much the same as yours. Its a guzzler as all those old 2 strokes are but It just keeps on going, waiting for it to die so we can buy a 4 stroke but it won't give up haha. You need to hold your tongue right to start them sometimes, push in the key to squirt fuel and pull the choke up till it fires

      Marty TMarty T10 päivää sitten
  • Need to get you some Kerosene (Diesel might work) to clean grease and grime off........Also EXXON/ESSO Varsol=Mineral Spirits=Paint thinner will too.

    oldthudmanoldthudman10 päivää sitten
  • Don't have an ultrasonic cleaner....yet 😉. With your knack for finding things, you'll definitely get one soon im sure!

    Rover AdventuresRover Adventures11 päivää sitten
  • I see no issue with the exhaust being broken if anything it’s making more power

    R3tr0hax Media GroupR3tr0hax Media Group11 päivää sitten
    • @Marty T Where I come from we do that to all of our motorized equipment you don’t need to worry about the fumes an the fire risk lol Also you’re a good FIstartr because you’re read your comments like me good to see

      R3tr0hax Media GroupR3tr0hax Media Group10 päivää sitten
    • Fire risk and fumes

      Marty TMarty T10 päivää sitten
  • this would be an awesome restore!!! all new paint etc would be sweet with a over haul !!

    KyleKyle11 päivää sitten
  • What is with New Zealand and abandoned equipment?

    BrianRDubBrianRDub11 päivää sitten
    • The old tractors are worthless for tax purposes...but farmers like to hang on to them "just in case the new one breaks down". Time passes...the owner loses interest...Marty says "I'll take that off your hands"...

      John SmithJohn Smith11 päivää sitten
  • Well done, M8! You got rather lucky that the engine/gearbox/hydraulics were all serviceable. I suspect it will clean up nicely with a walnut shell bead blasting, coat of paint, and some fresh rubber on the wheels. Projects like this are great fun and it's always nice to be able to salvage an old piece of history and put it back to work.

    RitzRTRitzRT11 päivää sitten
  • Onya mate, very proud smile at 16:27 👍🏾

    nevamind68 Tnevamind68 T11 päivää sitten
  • Watching your wife drive reminded me of my young self driving one in the field during hay season.

    Dan Q.Dan Q.11 päivää sitten
  • really enjoy your videos do you sell what you have repaired or store the projects away

    luke dukeluke duke11 päivää sitten
  • Have you considered draining the crank case and filling it with kerosene to clean it all up squeaky clean? Nothing gets gunk out of a motor quite like a few minutes of idle lubricated exclusively by kero!

    LemonsLemons11 päivää sitten
    • Modern oils especially diesel oils with high detergency clean and lubricate. Just run it with a good oil, and change it after a short run...repeat until gunge has gone...

      John SmithJohn Smith11 päivää sitten
  • A tractor for the lady. Lovely. It suits her too!

    Cathy BCathy B11 päivää sitten
  • Hi Marty please upload this amazing content to youmaker. Many people are leaving youtube.

    Stephanie DescoteauxStephanie Descoteaux11 päivää sitten
  • What in the world do you do with all the tractors?

    Pearl KnittelPearl Knittel11 päivää sitten
    • I plan to take this one to my water access property and use it to launch and retrieve the boat

      Marty TMarty T11 päivää sitten
  • Right to repair is such an great thing! So nice to see someone fixing and using abandoned machines. Good on ya! Love the old red tractor, such an amazing piece of history and built to last!

    Cody BarkerCody Barker12 päivää sitten
  • Best tractor made in Britain for the world export. David brown cropmaster 👍

    Paul DrinkwaterPaul Drinkwater12 päivää sitten
  • professional scrap repairman :)

    Mustafa BeyMustafa Bey12 päivää sitten
  • I'd like to see someone try and start a new John Deere after sitting outside in the elements for more than a couple years....better bring a laptop with new software!

    Matthew SweetMatthew Sweet12 päivää sitten
  • How can anyone who turns a wrench not love an old workhorse tractor like this!!!

    Matthew SweetMatthew Sweet12 päivää sitten
  • I never knew you could use gravy as a lubricant.

    mark cmark c12 päivää sitten
  • beautifull little tractor , good video

    Darren WallingfordDarren Wallingford12 päivää sitten
  • I would love a restoration series on this thing. New parts, paint, the whole 9. It deserves it.

    USAF 1999USAF 199912 päivää sitten
  • What part of New Zealand do you live

    Arthur KallansrudArthur Kallansrud12 päivää sitten
    • Marty and family live in the Marlborough Sounds, Nelson Province, top of the South Island.

      John SmithJohn Smith12 päivää sitten
  • That's rusted pretty good welllll let's not look to hard at that lol

    jarrad carterjarrad carter12 päivää sitten
  • how much is it worth in this state?

    GameFitGameFit13 päivää sitten
    • Around $750 nzd

      Marty TMarty T12 päivää sitten
  • Such a beauty. Great work as always!

    Alex TeubertAlex Teubert13 päivää sitten
  • It must be so cool just knowing how to do all these things, just being able to fix up a tractor all by yourself, being able to diagnose and fix everything.. incredible!

    Jack BJack B13 päivää sitten
  • not bad.. not bad at all.. mighty fine in fact .

    involved bystanderinvolved bystander13 päivää sitten
  • Love your videos! What do you do with all the fluids you drain off?

    PapaPapa13 päivää sitten
    • Reasonable drained oil= chain bar oil for chainsaws, or fence preservative, or mix with diesel as a metal preservative/antirust; awful stuff goes to recycling.

      John SmithJohn Smith13 päivää sitten
  • Wow, worst oil I've ever seen. Your tractor will love the fresh!

    Benjamin TaylorBenjamin Taylor13 päivää sitten
  • Lovely too see your wife participate and learning,,, important if something happens too you,,, 👍🥀

    Erik HoffaErik Hoffa13 päivää sitten
  • What do you want red roses are red tractor

    Graeme JonesGraeme Jones13 päivää sitten
  • Them wheels are destroyed mate. LMAO

    Mums StuffMums Stuff13 päivää sitten
  • Develop some mad skills in your life, Like Marty, and you too can have free stuff.

    Shoot Between the EyesShoot Between the Eyes13 päivää sitten
  • Marty I think your wife might keep it for herself

    Richard MRichard M13 päivää sitten
  • On the next episode of This Old Tractor, Marty will be fashioning from reclaimed steel a pair of matching foot plates and a battery tray for Old Red. Stay Tuned!

    Mr.McGooverMr.McGoover13 päivää sitten
  • It's never good when your hydraulic/ gear case oil looks like white latex paint.. Lol!

    Mr.McGooverMr.McGoover13 päivää sitten
  • What about the rusty wheels?

    xorbodudexorbodude13 päivää sitten
    • @Marty T Marty, you will have a variety of options. Your wheels are the earlier ones similar to those fitted to my Cropmaster. The 25 was more commonly fitted with the larger 6 bolt centre and 28" rim. They were used on David Browns from about 1953 to 59 on models such as 900 and 950. The later ones could also have wider rims. The 6 (outer) bolt rims were standardised so Ford and IH may have the same bolt pattern. If you wanted to go the other way, and find rims to fit your centres, I think you would be looking at Cropmaster wheels.

      Kevin SmithKevin Smith13 päivää sitten
    • I will keep an eye out for a parts machine with better wheels..

      Marty TMarty T13 päivää sitten
    • And tyres

      xorbodudexorbodude13 päivää sitten
  • Parabéns você e muito bom no que faz

    Otavio CamargoOtavio Camargo13 päivää sitten
  • Marty watch this you should make one My Wood Splitter Doubles as a Backhoe! - Homemade DIY Wood Splitter Splits Large Rounds With Ease

    philip streechonphilip streechon13 päivää sitten
  • Tractor earning it's keep, nice .

    Grayman423Grayman42313 päivää sitten
  • your little shed addition is really coming in handy, keep up the great work.

    paulsautocmpaulsautocm14 päivää sitten
  • The ole tractor is earning its keep already!!! Nice Job!

    True Machine AutomationTrue Machine Automation14 päivää sitten
  • I trinken i found my new favorite FIstart channel

    space scopespace scope14 päivää sitten
  • I was just wondering if in Australia if you see something just sitting there can you just go get it? I'm afraid in Oklahoma USA you would have to find the previous owners and get permission or they could come back and get it after all the work you put into it. There is no such thing as abandoned.

    rick burrisrick burris14 päivää sitten
    • @Paul Hitchcock sorry about the location, don't think bad of me I am ignorant and thanks for the reply, I kinda thought that might be the case since he had the location but had to find it with a drone

      rick burrisrick burris14 päivää sitten
    • As far as getting permission is concerned, he did just that. Actually this is New Zealand not Australia hence the lack of hazardous wildlife such as Funnel Web spiders.

      Paul HitchcockPaul Hitchcock14 päivää sitten
  • Unpopular opinion: I hope he doesn’t restore it fully, they are only new once🙋🏻‍♂️

    Eoghan MacDonaldEoghan MacDonald14 päivää sitten
    • I doubt it will be restored. This is a working tractor besides there is no-one about to see it apart from the new owner, and Marty. There is a FIstart clip of a TVO model 25C being restored in the UK. That one will get the full treatment.

      Kevin SmithKevin Smith14 päivää sitten
  • Thank you for sharing your videos they’re GREAT reminds me of my projects.. I’m your neighbor in the Pacific Ocean 🌊 located in Hawaii. Hope to make it out there where you are sometime. Keep up the great work and be safe 🤙🏼ALOHA!!

    Del TrusdellDel Trusdell14 päivää sitten
  • I mean the filters probably havent been changed in this century.

    The Milestone LPThe Milestone LP14 päivää sitten
  • To think - David Brown went from making tractors to running Aston Martin, with the DB series of models named after him, such as Bond's famous DB5 and the current DBX.

    Brian JonesBrian Jones14 päivää sitten
  • greetings Marty from Phelps KY USA

    Dennis AdamsDennis Adams14 päivää sitten
  • Not rusted out like the farmall

    Yeshua is His nameYeshua is His name14 päivää sitten
  • it was so poor, but now it looks amazing! I'm imressed:)

    Stary Ciągnik TVStary Ciągnik TV14 päivää sitten
  • How’s that old camping trailer you got coming along?

    DusterNutbarDusterNutbar14 päivää sitten
  • all these places you go to look like prime weed growing land, Have you ever found anyones crops?

    joe prinsenjoe prinsen14 päivää sitten
    • @Marty T haha nice. beautiful place nonetheless, reminds me of tassie.

      joe prinsenjoe prinsen14 päivää sitten
    • Yes I can smell it a mile away on a hot day

      Marty TMarty T14 päivää sitten
  • Amazing that this stuff gets abandoned but how easily it can be brought back to life.

    Sean WorkmanSean Workman14 päivää sitten
    • @Paul Hitchcock having salvaged a few boats I can't agree with you more.

      Sean WorkmanSean Workman13 päivää sitten
    • Only ''easy'' if there is someone around with a deal of flair.

      Paul HitchcockPaul Hitchcock14 päivää sitten
  • 3:55 - And now we know where nougat comes from.

    N1RKWN1RKW14 päivää sitten
  • Lovely!

    Jack SasquatchJack Sasquatch15 päivää sitten
  • It's aaalliiiivvveeee!!!!

    Logan CLogan C15 päivää sitten
  • Makes his own gaskets? Oh be still my beating heart!!

    Richard JohnsonRichard Johnson15 päivää sitten
  • Oil filter was the best!!

    Richard JohnsonRichard Johnson15 päivää sitten
  • The master at it !!!!

    JAMES RivisJAMES Rivis15 päivää sitten
  • I’m 14 from Israel after seeing your Videos you give me the desire to learn Mechanics and now after yer of hrs work ie finally complete to fix moped by myself thanks to you ( now in the corona home study ie work on engine mor then I learn sometimes ween I learn 😜)

    gemar half ראובןgemar half ראובן15 päivää sitten
  • Isn't it a crime to cut down trees where you live? This video won't be good if forest officials see it.

    Muharrem DağMuharrem Dağ15 päivää sitten
    • @John Smith My tractor fiat 55 46 87 model. And the girl you're 😍

      Muharrem DağMuharrem Dağ14 päivää sitten
    • @John Smith Thank you for the answer. You enlightened me. Thank you for the follow-up.

      Muharrem DağMuharrem Dağ14 päivää sitten
    • Marty has planted all those trees you see in his forest...all 20,000 of them. He owns them. He cuts them. He plants more trees. These trees are like a crop...3 crops in 100 years in NZ climate...

      John SmithJohn Smith15 päivää sitten
  • Take a car from today put it in that situation and in 6 months you won't be able to open the door much less start and drive it.

    Careful DriverCareful Driver15 päivää sitten
  • What oil did you use for the gearbox

    UP05 TrucksUP05 Trucks15 päivää sitten
    • iso46 hyd oil, I will give it a few hours on that to flush it then drain and add multipurpose tractor oil

      Marty TMarty T15 päivää sitten
  • thinking of replacing the bottom of the fuel tank to carry a larger volume ?

    ken frazierken frazier15 päivää sitten
  • Awesome mate

    Ian ManghamIan Mangham15 päivää sitten
  • great job marty... good to see her indoors getting involved...bit of an on/off clutch hey? was a pleasant surprise to see a video from you...

    FilbyFilby15 päivää sitten
  • Thats a nice looking tractor. Great job as usual, you make everything look so easy!

    The Same SameThe Same Same15 päivää sitten
  • so the water in the tyres was there for ballast? im guessing thats how it got it there?

    Paul WPaul W15 päivää sitten
    • Yes, and the tyres were almost completely filled with water which is why the tyres kept their shape...

      John SmithJohn Smith15 päivää sitten
  • Love your work. Always excited to see new videos from you. I don't own a tractor, have never driven a tractor and will probably never service a tractor, but I can't look away.

    Tastes Like PetrolTastes Like Petrol15 päivää sitten
  • You only need the right tool when the wrong tool has failed....

    Jester123ishJester123ish15 päivää sitten
  • She’s a keeper that one. Tractor is nice too. 💨

    Chris BennettChris Bennett15 päivää sitten
  • if you should turn the frontwheels inside its original you get a much better tractor and save the bearings.

    Kenth GustafssonKenth Gustafsson15 päivää sitten
    • I am sure that will be a happening thing when the wheels get the treatment. The track adjustment on these older tractors was only achievable by the combinations of rim and wheel centre positioning. Having the front wheels so wide is not at all common, the previous owner may have been a reason.

      Kevin SmithKevin Smith15 päivää sitten
  • Go to bed Dave Kinding!

    Kenth GustafssonKenth Gustafsson15 päivää sitten
  • The David Brown tractor was a petrol Kero motor, started on petrol then it had a curtain that pulled down at the front over the radiator to speed up operating temperature, once up to temp, switched to cheaper Kero for the days work. The tank in front of the steering wheel is a twin tank... the tractors are that good aston martin named their famous cars after the designerDavid Brown aston Martin DB. I think aston Martin bought the company for their skills at gear manufacturing..

    Julian StortiJulian Storti15 päivää sitten
    • As another commenter stated (and he has two) this was only ever a petrol motor, not TVO. Marty right at the start of this video pointed out the bottom of the main tank which showed no signs of 2 exits/pipes. So there were 3 models of the DB25; the diesel engine, the straight petrol engine, and the one that had two filler caps on the main tank, started on petrol and then when warmed up, ran on TVO (tractor vapourizing oil) Marty's one is a special model with Briggs and Stratton lawn mower engine petrol tank.....😉

      John SmithJohn Smith15 päivää sitten
    • We have any number of comments here on this being a Petrol tractor. It is not a TVO/kero version. It was David Brown that owned Aston Martin for a period. There is a similar video on a 25 restoration in the UK. That is a TVO model and they also mention the car connection.

      Kevin SmithKevin Smith15 päivää sitten
  • Put diesel in a container and usea palm sander to vibrate the part,works treety good for a poor mans ultra sonic cleaner. You could fabricat a manifold pretty easily.

    Scott FosterScott Foster15 päivää sitten
  • I would hazard a guess and say that the last time that filter saw the light of day was the day it was installed at the factory. It is great that you can get the old tractor running, any use of it is better than no use. Of course the cost of a set of replacement rims and tires would make the cost of getting the tractor working again cost prohibitive.

    roy gunterroy gunter15 päivää sitten