Tractor & Farming Heritage | October 2011

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3 Welcome

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

54 Early David Brown
David Brown’s first foray into tractors was in the mid-1930s when it built the Ferguson-Brown tractor for Harry Ferguson. This Alec’s Cuttings deals with the later tractors made by the company along with the implements for use with the tractors.

70 Tractor Talk
Your views and product reviews.

74 Model World
Henry Smith’s regular column on the latest developments with models and replicas.

80 An unexpected cache
A visit to a far-flung corner of Britain turns up a surprising collection of tractors that have become the lasting legacy of Bertie Nicolson.

84 Remembering Jones Balers
Jo Roberts meets John Bumby of North Wales, who was there in the ‘hay day’ of Jones Balers.

88 You never stop learning
Graham Hampstead has another go at mending the fuel problem on the International B275 and goes on to find some unexpected success at the Oswestry Show.

120 Farming Focus: Patrick Bell’s Reaper
Peter Small traces the development of a machine, which set farming firmly along the path of mechanisation, to its roots in Scotland.

121 Rare Breeds
No. 91 Barnevelder poultry.

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

Your tractors

6 A preference for green
According to Marion Everitt, every man needs to have a hobby and a good shed (or two) in which to indulge said hobby. Marion’s husband, David is certainly no exception to that rule, as Gina Harvey discovered on a recent visit to a quiet corner of Staffordshire.

16 From East to West
Tommy Pierce, from Donard, Co Wicklow, is a collector of late vintage and early classic tractors all of a similar era, several of which are called upon to work.

23 Road runner
Not many tractors have been zapped by a police radar gun, but Fred Bailey’s Trantor has, Pete Henshaw explains...

28 A polished performance
David Bowers takes a shine to a slightly unusual restoration, a 1949 Fordson E27N.

34 Dressed for work
Spring dressing is an essential part of the farming cycle - it also gives us an opportunity to see this Field Marshall Series 3 in action.

39 Thomas saddles up as new restoration recruit
Among the owners eager to join the line-up at this year’s Sellindge Steam Fair was keen young restorer, Thomas Cock with his Massey-Harris Pony.

42 Restored by accident!
Ray Cleggett and Dennis Belton hadn’t intended to restore this BMB President, but a turn of events led to them doing it anyway.

46 Out of the blue
When Simon Pennick went to the Cheffins Machinery Auctions in Cambridge in October 2009 he was not intending on buying anything - but then he came across this petrol Dexta.

50 The biggest project yet
Ben Phillips talks himself into taking on a job that would normally be beyond the scope of his small workshop.

64 Passion, purpose & pride
Everyone’s a winner is one of those overused phrases that we often come across, but in this particular restoration project it’s 100% true for everyone involved in it.

Farming heritage

58 Three generations on the land
A farmer from Suffolk, vividly recalls life on his grandfather’s farm as the first tractor arrived.

68 Postcards from the past
We let the pictures do the talking with this extensive range of Victorian postcards from Vintage Images.

77 Feeding the nation
Jane Brooks shares the memories of three friends and former members of the Women’s Land Army including her mother-in-law Iris Brooks.