Trusty 2-Wheeled Tractor Register

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The 2-wheeled tractor is what Tractors (London) Ltd is best known for. Indeed, the name “Trusty” was widely used for all two-wheeled tractors, very much like “Hoover” is for vacuum cleaners.
The production run started in 1935 as far as we can tell; engine types were Villiers and Blackburne on the early tractors, progressing to the JAP5 in 1938, through various American engines supplied under Lend/Lease during the war. After WW2 the manufacturer went over again to using British engines with the JAP6 and Douglas SV54 making an appearance alongside the JAP5. Later a Norton Big Four was added to the range, and this line-up was carried on to the end of production in 1969.


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16 responses to Trusty 2-Wheeled Tractor Register

  1. Hi Geoff,

    Great work with the Trusty registers.

    I notice that neither of my 2-wheeled tractors are included, so have listed the details below:-

    Serial 10739, Norton Big 4 engine.

    Serial 4256T, non original Villiers engine. Don’t know what engine it had originally, but I have a JAP 6 going spare, so will probably fit this at some stage.

    Cheers,

    Sean

    • The register has now been updated to include your tractors. You will see that there are no dates against them as yet- these will be added as soon as I can look them up, but at least you can get a rough idea of their ages from the table.
      Cheers,
      Geoff

  2. Hello,ive just acquired 8472,a lot rusty but complete,thankyou

    • The above tractor has been added to the register and as soon as I can look up the serial number I will fill in the date of sale and the selling dealer.
      Kind Regards,
      Geoff

  3. Hi,
    could you please include my late fathers trusty no: 3797T it has a JAP 5 engine and steel wheels thanks

  4. I have recently bought Trusty No.6091T. Douglas Engine 1284LB SV54. Plough. On Isle of Wight

  5. Hi I have just purchased a Trusty serial no 14427 it has the JAP6 engine and 3 speed gearbox. It came with a plow and a 2 wheeled cart with seat I will put some pics on when I work out how to do it

  6. Hi, first time here. Have two trustys to add to list. 1945, I think, with Jap 6 engine which I understand is the original. Tractor no. 4707. Purchased from a Tony Lawrence who had it for 40 years. In perfect condition and competing in many ploughing matches. Single speed. Next one is 1949 ? With Douglas SV 63 (the bigger one) It has the safety reverse. I have the original SV 54 engine but need + 20 piston to rebore it. Tractor no. 14122. In good condition now and ready for next seasons ploughing matches using the bigger engine. Both trustys are part of collection which includes an Anzani Iron Horse, a BMB Plowmate, and two Mk 4 Cliffords

    • I’ve been a bit busy lately and so I apologise for not including everyone’s numbers before now.
      The Trusty register is now up to date and once I’ve been to London again I will add the dates and selling dealers to fill in the gaps.
      Keep them coming!

  7. said on June 16, 2016

    Hi,
    I am from Czech republic and I own a Trusty 2-Wheeled Tractor with a serial number 7014G with the engine J.A.P

    • That’s very interesting to know that they were sold to the Czech Republic as well. Do you know any history of your machine?
      I will add your machine to the register.

  8. Hi I’ve just brought tractor number 9946 if you could tell me anything about it.. also looking for a plough for it.. thanks

    • The next time I go to look up the records I will fill in the blanks for you, but you can see from the numbering above that it was built in June 1947. What engine was fitted to it and is it a standard single speed? An engine number will also help when I look up the records because I can tell you if it is the original engine that was fitted at the factory.

  9. Interesting stuff, engine number is 6224 ap
    type 54 sv

  10. I have Trusty No.8396 sold new i Norway by Eik og Hausken. Engine Douglas SV54 943L3

  11. Hi,
    My machine is number 8426 fitted with Douglas SV54 engine 1891LB.
    It also has an Austin (7?) gearbox fitted which looks like it was possibly a dealer fitted conversion – it looks too well done to be a homemade job with a sport welded external chain guard etc.
    This machine has been in my family for about 65 years and was passed on to me last year.

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