Tractor & Farming Heritage | August 2013

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3 Welcome

7 News
All the latest news in the world of tractors and heritage.

66 Vintage congestion in the Glens
Polly Pullar tells us why the ‘longest,
loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland’
suddenly became a manic place to be
on her latest assignment.

69 Rare Breeds
No 113 Swaledale Sheep

70 Tractor Talk
All your latest news, views and
comments around the tractor and
vintage scene.

72 What’s the diff’rence
Graham Hampstead buys a donor
tractor to provide some spares to help
cure the interminable noise from the
rear of his Dexta... but what’s the final

76 Model World
This month Henry Smith takes a look at
new releases from the world of
miniature farm machinery.

78 From Big Apple to Little Grey Fergie
We meet Nelson Haerr, a former New
York Fireman who now drives a little
grey tractor that somehow reminds him
of his childhood.

115 Next Month
Preview of the September issue of
Tractor magazine.your tractors

In the workshop

82 Valve guide replacement
Comes a time that valve stems and
guides need some attention after years
in action on our vintage steeds, Richard
Lofting shows us how it’s done.

85 Latest products
Tractor magazine reviews the latest
Tractor and farming heritage related
products just released by suppliers to
the industry.

86 Hello (and goodbye) Ruby Tuesday
Last month Ben Phillips reported on an
engine rebuild he was carrying out on a
Massey Ferguson 35X, this month we
show how he got on with the cosmetic

89 Reviews
We take a look at all the latest tractor
and farming heritage books and DVDs
to hit our desks.

Your Tractors

12 David Browns at work
David Bowers finds three guys who not
only seem loyal to the local David Brown
cause but also aren’t afraid to put their
tractors to work.

16 speaking With John Poulter
When Fergusons Tractor Research Mk 1
1961 to 1965 landed on our desk we
could see the story covered significant
research so it was off to see author
John Poulter to find out more.

22 Spoiled for choice
With visits to two tractor collections in
just one day members of the
Lincolnshire Fenland Preservation Group
(LFPG) certainly had plenty to take in on
their recent trip in May.

28 The tractor’s the star
Plenty of tractors have appeared in DVDs,
but how many have appeared on stage –
the answer is the Fordson you see here,
except that it’s not quite all it seems…

64 Tractors and other things along the cut
Donald Bowler takes a boating trip, but
we turned it into a busman’s holiday and
told him to keep an eye out for those
local tractors.


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

96 tractor events
Sunny Carrington is reviewed along with
the Lamport Hall Festival of Country Life
and a report on the continued revival of
the Nobber Fair Day, County Meath, in
our monthly round up of events.

Farming heritage

34 Veteran tractors
Allis-Chalmers 20-35: The ‘four plow’
tractor for the ‘Tractor-Wise’ farmer.

35 When a Ford isn’t a Ford!
Jonathan Whitlam reflects on growing
up in the 1970s and innocently
thinking, how could Ford let other
companies County and Roadless
produce tractors that looked identical?

40 a tough act to follow
The Ferguson TE-20 had arguably been
the world’s most innovative tractor, but
the FE 35 certainly made its mark too
and became one of the company’s
success stories.

44 The Long Green Line
What has John Deere got in common
with Starbucks, MasterCard, Harley-
Davidson and even Ferrari? We find out
why the company is ranked among
these top global brands.

48 The Allis attraction
It was not until after the Second World
War that Allis-Chalmers’ products
gained popularity in the UK eventually
leading to the construction of two
factories to satisfy demand.

53 Tractor Archives
More memories from the farming
literature of years gone by.

58 Tractor Gallery
The pleasant surroundings at
Rockingham Castle made an excellent
backdrop for our image from the Steam,
Transport and Family show in June.

60 When the farmer’s hands became machines
With the mechanisation of processes
over the past few decades, work
practices have changed greatly;
Daniele Casanova explains how these
changes affected his family farm in

114 200 years of the Border union
We look back at the history of the
Border Union Show held in July, an extra
special event as organisers celebrate