Tractor & Farming Heritage | September 2012

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3 Welcome

13 News
All the latest news of what’s going on in the tractor world.

30 Club Focus: All right at the Wrongs
When work on reshaping an off-road course operated by Avalanche Adventure needed finishing it was a good excuse for the Link Club to go Muck Shifting at the Wrongs in Leicestershire.

70 Tractor Talk
All your views and the latest news and reviews of DVDs and farming heritage related products.

74 Model World
With the latest model releases, details of a fantastic scratch built creation and a report on the Peter Baron Britains Farm Collection auction by Vectis there is much for hobbyists to savour on the model scene.

76 Painting the air blue
Graham Hampstead finds the perfect conditions to respray Pete Kelly’s Major, but the air also turns blue in the workshop as he gets to the bottom of a Dexta’s hydraulic problem.

80 Shipshape and Bristol fashion
Jo Roberts meets Anglesey man Dafydd Jones who likes to see his tractors shipshape and totally devoid of such horrors as rust and flaky paint.

84 Stovies at Blair
Raising money for two good causes and the promise of a huge amount of stovies was all the motivation needed for the hardy tractor drivers on the recent Highland Perthshire NFU Charity Road Run.

87 Rare Breeds
No. 102 Hill Radnor Sheep.

120 Farming Focus: Grubbing down and furring up
Going through the main crop potatoes in the days before agrichemicals with a hand hoe used to be the order of the day, but mechanical methods began to come along.

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

Your tractors

7 Rhapsody in blue
Pete Kelly visits David Shaw at his farm near Sorn, Ayrshire, to learn all about his outstanding collection of 1967 Pre-Force Ford tractors and their County and Roadless counterparts.

18 An unexpected bonus
While tracking down a restored Fordson Super Dexta, Dave Bowers comes across a McCormick Deering Standard W4 and a Nuffield Universal that he reported on years ago.

22 1972 – The Year of the Leyland
Forty years ago this year British Leyland made its biggest ever launch of new tractors. That meant the Leyland Tractor Division could boast a comprehensive and world beating tractor range.

26 Geared for the job
Dave Bowers meets up with a farmer who has extracted a huge amount of work from a pair of David Browns; one fitted with a conventional manual transmission and the other the firm’s semi-automatic alternative.

34 Give ’em the old razzle-dazzle
Although essentially a larger version of the MF 35, the Massey Ferguson 65 became very successful in its class – partly due to some innovative marketing.

38 Bob’s still with the blue
Richard Lofting first set eyes on Bob Griggs’s sad and forlorn Fordson Dexta at the 2011 Sellindge Steam Special, but what a winter project it turned out to be!

40 Allis in LaMoure
Over the years while reading tractor enthusiast magazines, Jeremy Hanson has been attracted most by the wonderful photographs in the travelogue type spreads.

In the workshop

44 It’s yours if you want it!
After much excitement when his Belgian friend said he could have a French SFV 204, Richard Lofting realised something had got lost in the translation and he not only had to agree a price but also fetch it too.

48 Tinwork Wizard
Odds are when you buy a vintage tractor to restore, the tinwork will be rotten and dented or both. Ben Phillips gives advice on what to do next.

Farming heritage

50 Alec’s Cuttings No. 51: Going continental
As our review of the 1962 Royal Show continues we begin to see the effect imports will have on the British harvesting industry.

53 Alldays ‘General Purpose’ tractor
In the first of a new series Stuart Gibbard takes a look at the tractors that have shaped and formed the way we look at farming and agriculture today.

54 The story of silage
Silage is probably the most important winter feed for cattle, especially dairy cows, in the British Isles; different methods and a wide range of machinery have appeared to fully mechanise the process.

58 International Hough Payloaders
When International Harvester purchased the superlative wheeled loader business of Frank G Hough in 1952, it wasn’t long before the company realised it had backed a winner.

62 Tractor Gallery
Our working image this month is of a Doe Triple D Dual Drive, driven by James Hardstaff, at the 2007 Does at Diseworth Weekend.

65 Tractor Archive
More farming memories depicted in implement and agricultural brochures of the day. This month the Allis-Chalmers Super C Gleaner.


88 What’s on
Our comprehensive guide to heritage days out throughout the rally season in our events listings.

94 Tractor events
Reports on road runs, rallies and ploughing matches around the tractor and heritage scene.

102 Sales & Marketplace
Our coverage this month is dominated by the exceptional sale of the Ingall Collection in Lincolnshire by Cheffins.