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by Nick Drew  |  Wed 02 Dec 2020

Classic JCB 3D MK2 Returns Home

A 1973 JCB 3D MK2 has been fully restored and has returned home to its original owners in London.

Classic JCB 3D MK2 Returns Home

Last week Conor Ferncombe who is the General Manager of Wimbledon based Cappagh Group, welcomed back an old machine which is associated with the famous business and which has been fully restored to its former glory.

The JCB 3D MK2 which rolled off the production line in 1973, was first purchased by Conor’s grandfather Tom Ferncombe 47 years ago. At that time the machine was operated by Tom’s brother Patrick.

After many hours of painstaking restoration work the machine, returned back home to the yard complete with Cappagh signage. Conor said, “We are pleased to say that the machine and the Ferncombe brothers are still firing on all cylinders”.

The JCB 3D was first launched in 1967 with the 3D MK2 entering the market a year later in 1968. Like the earlier model the 3D MK2 was powered by a 4-cylinder BMC diesel engine but upgraded to 65hp @2,200rpm, as opposed to the earlier and slightly underpowered 60hp unit.

You have to say they have done a cracking job with this restoration, will be nice to see the machine out and about in due course.

Thanks must go to Conor for the permission to use these photos here on the Digger Man Blog.



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