About 1915 Weeks were asked by Mr. Dungey a local fruit and hop grower to build a tractor. The first Weeks-Dungey tractors were fitted with a four-cylinder engine at the front and a large cylindrical water tank (hopper) at the rear next to the driver's seat.
In about 1918 they built the Weeks-Dungey New Simplex model. This had a Waukesha Engines from Wisconsin and a 3 speed gear box from the Detroit Gear Engineering Co. of Michigan, imported from the USA. The exact number built is unknown, but some quote 220, with production ended in 1925.
The sole surviving example known was exhibited at the Carrington Steam and Tractor Rally in 2009.(photo above & below)
This tractor has been in several notable collections during its life in preservation.
- 1950s acquired by the Power Farmer Collection of DN McHardy
- John Moffitt Hunday collection
- Staplehill Abbey collection sold at auction in 2006
- Paul Rackham collection - bought in 2006 and restored
References / sources
www.steel-wheels.net - pre 1930 tractors