Tractor & Farming Heritage | September 2011

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Tractor & Farming Heritage - September 2011

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3 Welcome

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

65 Tractor Talk
Your views and product reviews.

68 Model World
Henry Smith reviews the latest models about to hit the marketplace and marvels at Chris Bunyan and his partner Jan Green’s 100 square foot mini model of a typical country show.

70 Alec’s Cuttings: A time of tractive power
In the final part of our review of the 1961 Royal Show at Trumpington near Cambridge, we take a look at the range of tractors on offer.

74 Flash floods, fiascos & fiddles
The weekend of the annual Highland Perthshire NFU Charity Road Run proved eventful in more ways than one for Polly Pullar.

78 Meet Mr & Mrs Massey!
Jo Roberts meets the Holywell couple who share a passion for Massey Fergusons.

82 Phantom faults & gearbox leverage
Graham Hampstead gets to grips with a bit of a mystery job and gets work on the International back in gear.

86 A leaking oil seal and a bent front axle
With a week or so to wait for his next job to come into the workshop, Ben Phillips decides now’s the time to deal with a troublesome TEF-20.

120 Farming Focus: Get the binder out
Peter Small cuts through the often romantic images of harvesting days gone by to show that it was not all glamour in those days.

121 Rare Breeds
No. 90 South Devon Cattle.

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

Your tractors

6 Enthusiasts with purpose
Fiat tractors became a popular choice on small farms in the Republic of Ireland during the 1960s.

16 My favourite Farmall
Several famous brand names are inextricably linked to the history of farm tractor development, but few rival that of the International Harvester Farmall.

22 In semi-retirement
Tractor magazine visits Roy Taylor, a semi-retired farmer who lives at Douglas, Isle of Man, and owns two Massey Ferguson 135 tractors - one for work and one for best.

26 Sleeping beauty
This Massey Ferguson 1200 forestry tractor has been woken from its seven-year slumber down in the forest to once again earn its keep.

28 Play it again Sam!
Sam Weaver might be just 18 - but already he’s making a great name for himself in the skilled business of tractor restoration.

38 Powerful attraction
A Perkins 6.354 that revs to 5500rpm? A tractor powered by an ex-Soviet Army tank engine? It can only be tractor pulling...

44 Another Ford in the fold
If, like Harold Butler, you happen to own a large outbuilding, there’s always space to add another classic tractor such as his recently acquired Ford 7810.

48 Emily’s ‘Evie’
Part three of this restoration starts off with Cameron Anderson marrying his fiancée Emily Green in St. Conans Church, Inverary, on the banks of Loch Awe, Argyll.

52 Leyland through and through
Working on a tractor in foul weather isn’t much fun, so Brian Mark built a garage to complete the job in comfort.

Farming heritage

34 A different breed
Technology has developed in leaps and bounds since the manufacture of the International 15-30 almost a century ago; but what a quantum leap it must have been in its day when compared to the horse.

56 Masquerading as a tractor
We take a look at the Land Rover approved implements, accessories and special vehicles folder, developed by the company back in the day when it suggested to farmers that they didn’t need a tractor.

60 The Bone Collector
Tired of all those gleaming ranks of tractors at shows in their two-pack glory? Here’s a welcome alternative...

In the workshop

88 Injector troubles
After struggling to start his SFV 204 for a while Richard Lofting decided it was time to sort the injector.


93 What’s on
Your guide to days out throughout the season in our comprehensive event guide.

98 Road runs, rallies and ploughing event reports
Our round-up of what’s going on out and about on the tractor scene.

106 Sales & Marketplace
Among our sales reports we include a preview of the late Peter Fordham’s sale due to be held in September.