Tractor & Farming Heritage | May 2011

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3 Welcome

11 News
What’s going on in the world of tractors.

64 Tractor Talk
Your views and product reviews.

68 Model World
Henry Smith reviews what’s going on in the model scene.

74 Alec’s Cuttings: Cultivating business
With the increased popularity of the tractor in the years after WWII, equipment became available which was not easily made by many of the older established implement manufacturers - except cultivation equipment.

82 New lease of life
At last, after months of on and off work by Graham Hampstead, the repairs to the TEF-20 engine are finished.

86 Don’t Judge a Bukh by its cover
Jo Roberts discovers an unusual tractor to these shores which could have been Denmark’s answer to the MF 35.

90 Tractors over the rainbow
A visit by Polly Pullar to Donald Hancock’s workshop to hear of his various escapades culminates in a spectacular photo shoot.

120 Farming Focus: Seed Time
Every spring there is a frenzy of activity on farms as now is the time to work the ground, top dress winter crops and sow spring cereals.

121 Rare Breeds
No.86 Black Wyandotte poultry

122 Next Month
Preview of the June issue of Tractor magazine.

Your tractors

6 A legacy to treasure
Pete Kelly describes the tractors and implements in Malcolm Robinson’s world-renowned Massey-Harris collection.

16 Colour me... tractor
Why are Massey Fergusons red and grey, John Deeres green/yellow and Nuffields orange?

22 Edsel - The Knights’ tale of pride and joy
What do you consider to be a barn find? Down in Cornwall Peter and Caroline Knight have the answer.

30 Only got eyes for Allis
After discovering this Allis-Chalmers Model U by chance at auction, Will Woodward is now a convert to the marque and now owns three Allis tractors.

42 Tractor Travels: Kefalonia
Sun, sea, idyllic scenery and also a few interesting tractors to be seen along the way is how David Bowers summed up his visit to the Greek isle of Kefalonia.

48 No room to swing a Massey
Space was at a premium for Andrew Mason’s first restoration, a 1970 Massey Ferguson 165 - but what a superb piece of work he’s done.

52 Down in the forest
If you go down in the woods today... you might find a pair of 50-year-old tractors - Ferguson and Nuffield Universal - that still work for a living.

78 The best 4x4xfar?
Although tractors have been a big part of Ben Phillips’ life, he also has a soft spot for something that’s half tractor and half car - the Land Rover.

Farming heritage

26 County’s driving forces
The history of County Commercial Cars Ltd is well documented; but much less has been written about some of the driving forces behind the company.

34 The three faces of Case 1594
All tractor designs evolve over time and it’s fascinating to look back on certain models and see how they changed during their production life.

38 A valuable resource
The British Isles can probably boast more ‘hedge miles’ per square mile than any other country; if the hedges are managed properly then we all receive pleasure from their greatness.

44 Deutz delights
One of the favourite small to medium sized tractors on the Continent is the Deutz, produced in Germany by the Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz AG company.

56 Curious tale of the Croftmaster
Peter Small and Donald Bowler delve into their archives to bring us the story of Rollo tractors.

60 David Brown 990 Implematic at 50
Arguably the best tractor David Brown ever built was launched half a century ago this year. Today many still work for a living while others grace the rally field restored back to as new condition.

71 Yellow Metal
The Link Club currently serves the dedicated fans of classic and vintage Caterpillar tractors and machinery. Although the Link name is relatively new, the club was previously the second chapter of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club based in the United States.


100 Road runs, rallies and ploughing event reports
Our monthly round up out and about on the tractor scene.

108 Sales & Marketplace News
Old Sump Plug’s preview of the big April sale at Cheffins.

Front cover

Donald Hancock’s son Ian is pictured on this 1953 diesel TEF 20 Fergie he recently acquired. Polly Pullar visits his ‘top ten’ workshop and takes the boys out for a dramatic photoshoot. Turn to page 90 for the full story.