A LOXHORE teenager has renovated a 50-year-old tractor in his spare time.
Carl Seggons, 16, has spent the past two years working on a 1967 E-Reg Massey Ferguson 165 tractor, which his parents bought for him to restore as a project.
And now, after hours of painstaking labour, Carl is just a few weeks away from finishing the job.
"I've been interested in tractors since I was able to walk I suppose," said Carl.
Mum Kim said that was what inspired her and dad Peter to buy the tractor for Carl.
"He's always been desperately interested in them," she said.
"He loves driving them and wants to work with them, but we thought it's no good driving them unless you can fix them too.
"So we got this Massey tractor and he does seem to have an amazing aptitude for it."
Dad Pete said that was exactly right.
"It started off with me helping a bit," he said.
"But my mechanical knowledge is basic and now Carl knows a lot more about it than I do."
Peter said Carl had been persistent in working on the tractor, which was in a bad shape when the Seggons' bought it.
"The engine was knocking badly, part of the front axle was broken, the linkage didn't work and the tin work was a bit of a mess," he said.
But now only the hydraulic lift arms and tin work needs fixing.
"I'm just waiting on some parts," said Carl, who has been working at Bernard Hancock Tractors in Barnstaple over the summer, before he starts at Bicton College next week.
"I've enjoyed all of it really," he said. "It's been fun."