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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 00:00


Some 10 years ago, at an H J Pugh sale at Billericay, Essex, Paul Heatrick purchased a 1957 JCB Mk1 (2559). It’s said to be the last one made by the Rocester manufacturer and is based on a Fordson E1A Major MkII skid unit.

After many hours restoring the digger/ loader, it’s now up for sale and as Paul says, it’s certainly a rare chance to purchase the machine. It is also the example on which Border Fine Arts based its diorama, which is included in the deal as well.

During the restoration the engine was fully rebuilt, the spool block was reconditioned, the hydraulic hoses were renewed throughout, diesel tank reconditioned, new tyres were fitted all round among other tasks. The whole unit was sandblasted and repainted in the correct cardinal red and yellow livery.

“It’s a drive out job,” Paul says, tel: 07753 571868


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