Tractor & Farming Heritage | December 2011

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3 Welcome

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

74 Tractor Talk
Your views and product reviews.

78 Model World
As model production scales up for the festive season, Henry Smith reviews just some of the excellent models from the main production houses and comes across a rare Vickers Vigor crawler tractor at auction.

81 The A to Z of Tractor Repair
Okay, that isn’t strictly true, but Graham Hampstead still finds himself busy on a wide variety of tractors from the long running B275 restoration to some remedial work on a Zetor 6211.

84 The Gent with the Fendt
It doesn’t take a tractor enthusiast to know which era this little tractor comes from. It has the 1950s written all over it - the styling, the colour, the simplicity, everything is so ‘of that period’.

88 Deluge at Daviot
The sun was swamped under a dense wet blanket of grey Highland gloom all day at Daviot on October 8, near Inverness for the much talked about Working Vintage Rally & Display, which celebrates the past century of the area’s rich farm heritage.

120 Farming Focus
Peter Small takes a look at the story behind the Lammermoor Pastoral Society’s 125th Show.

121 Rare Breeds
No. 93 Welsummer Poultry.

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

Your tractors

28 Factory fresh
Paul McWhirter’s David Brown 880 Implematic was eventually restored to factory-fresh condition but not without quite a few sleepless nights for both him and his wife Sarah.

34 The biggest project yet - Part 2
With the aid of a big hammer and a fair amount of finesse Ben Phillips sets about straightening the tin work on the Massey Ferguson 250 project.

42 Continental crawlers
Donald Bowler explores the French connection with a couple of crawlers he has discovered out and about during the rally season.

44 Back to the future
When this previously exported Ford 2000 Dexta came back to its country of origin it took a whole load of imports to finish the restoration.

47 Max and his dog called Basil
It’s always nice to bump into a youngster that is keen and enthusiastic about tractors and all things mechanical, one such person is Max Lansley.

48 Taking the plunge
It would be easy to assume that this superb 1963 Massey Ferguson 35X is just the latest of many similar projects Gerry Fish has carried out but it is in fact his first restoration.

56 John Deere
Welcome to our John Deere Special to celebrate the marque and the brand which is the featured tractor at this year’s Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show.

Farming heritage

6 60 years of the Fordson Major
A legend was born in December 1951 when the Ford Motor Company launched its New Major tractor to the public at the Royal Smithfield Show in London.

36 A life with combines
Design engineer Jim Wallace spent most of his working life with Massey-Harris, then Massey Ferguson - not tractors, but combines.

40 The Diesel Steamer
The Great Dorset Steam Fair always throws something unusual up - even for the most regular of visitors.

52 Three generations on the land
We left Graham’s Suffolk farm in Part Two just as the Ferguson TE-20 era came to an end. In this article we continue the story as a young Graham and his father William carry on into the red and grey era.

69 Alec’s Cuttings: Time to show off
In part three of our look at the early years of David Brown the company has grown to an extent where the perceived quality of its products is now globally recognised.


16 Champs turn up trumps at Nationals
John Hill and Colin Bowen turned up the heat at the British National Ploughing Championships, Bishops Lydeard, October 8-9, to retain their crowns and earn another chance for the World titles next year.

23 The ‘City in a Field’ reaches 80
In 1931 two farmers had an argument about whose county had the best ploughmen; 80 years 180,000 people came to do the same at the NPA ‘All Ireland’ Ploughing Championships.

92 Little Casterton lines up rare treat
The Little Casterton Vintage Working Weekend, September 17-18, provided a spectacular display of vintage tractors and machinery doing what they were designed to do.

96 Christmas Gift Guide
Line up some Christmas treats for that special person in our gift review.

102 Sales & Marketplace
Two major auctions featured this month, the Annual Cheffins Vintage Sale and the Peter Fordham Sale - billed by many people in the know as the sale of the year!