The Roadless 95

The Roadless 95: Ford 5000 MFWD
This rare little Ford 5000 conversion packs a lot of MFWD power for its size! It’s selling at an auction in NY on July 10, 2020! Click the photo to see the listing and more photos!

It seems like there are more unique and interesting Ford conversions out there than with any other tractor brand. Most of them never made it over to American soil, though, which makes this one, a Roadless 95, all the more interesting! Goodrich Auction Service in Newark Valley, NY, sends this fairly rare tractor home to a new owner on Friday, July 10. I’m really interested to see what it this odd little tractor sells for!

The Roadless 95 started as a Ford 5000; however, before selling it, the Roadless Traction Company made some “minor” modifications to it. The British company stretched the frame about 6″ so they could stuff a 95-horse 6-cylinder Ford diesel motor into it. Roadless also turned it into a 4WD using a transfer case (built in-house) and the axle from a military 6×6. They’re pretty beefy!

I think this is a 1966-68 model. If it is, that make this one VERY rare. Roadless only made 210-215 of these, and I don’t think many of them made it over here. They’re still quite popular with English and Dutch tractor collectors as I understand it.

Admittedly, this one is rough. At some point in its life, an aftermarket turbo kit has been added to it (possibly an M&W?), so this tractor definitely makes more power than your average Roadless 95. Evan Goodrich, the auctioneer, says that it runs well and that the 4WD works too. This would be a fun one to bring to a plow day!

I have no idea what this tractor is worth, but to the right collector, it might be just what they’re looking for! I’d imagine that if a collector does pick it up, that turbo might be the first thing to go in the restoration process.

If you’re that buyer, I’d love to hear from you! Shoot me an email!

FU-235D: The French Farmall tractor!

French Farmall FU 235 D tractor at collector tractor auction
McCormick Deering FU-235D – This one lives in Wyoming for the next few hours! Click the photo to see more photos and details and a link to get in on the bidding!

This nifty little French Farmall tractor is the FU-235D. It’s a 26-horse diesel-powered utility tractor. IHC built it just outside of Paris from 1957-1959, and never brought it to the North American market. I’ll bet you couldn’t find more than 10 of ’em here in the States! It’s on an auction that ends later today.

Mechanically, it’s very similar to the Super C. In fact, the gas rowcrop and utility models actually share the same engine. The diesel version, however, has a European-only FD-123 motor.

I did a little digging and found out that before it went to Wyoming, this tractor spent some time with owners in Wisconsin and Nebraska. The current owner tore it apart for an extensive restoration about 200 hours ago. As I understand it, he basically rebuilt or replaced just about everything on the tractor!  That’s a very good thing, too, because parts for the FD-123 motor aren’t exactly plentiful here in North America. Bob (the tractor’s owner) did the heavy lifting for you on this one when he did the restoration! No expensive and hard-to-find parts to buy, and no language barriers to overcome to make sure you’re getting what you need! Truthfully, this one is about as parade-ready as you can get! All you need to do is fuel it up, get in the seat, and drive it!

If you like this little French Farmall tractor, and you’re up for a little more history on Farmalls and Internationals sold across the globe, you should probably head over to our friends at Octane Press and pick up a copy of their book, Red Tractors 1958-2018. The first chapter picks up with a nice writeup of IH’s French operations! (Actually, if you’re a tractor nerd, you really need to have this book on your shelf anyway. Lee Klancher assembled a TERRIFIC team of historians and former IH employees to write this book, and the finished product is awesome!)

Final Hammer Price: $3100