Tractor & Farming Heritage | September 2013

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3 Welcome

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

64 From one end to the other
Graham Hampstead finds more
faults on his Dexta with the rumbling
transmission problem... this time at
the other end.

68 From coast to coast
The Friends of Ferguson Heritage
embark on a long distance tractor run to
honour a member who had been
drowned and to raise cash for the RNLI.

71 Rare Breeds
No.114 New Forest Ponies

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

74 The Tweeting Farmer
Gareth Wyn Jones posted what it’s like
to be on the receiving end of a farming
disaster on the internet; what followed
was an unexpected wave of interest.

78 Model World
Henry Smith visits farm model collector
Martyn Reeve and looks at some of his
favourite combines in miniature.

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

In the workshop

80 Carburettor tuning
Before any attempts are made to tune
the engine, it’s a good idea to get a
grasp of the basics of what is actually

84 Keeping a level head
The fact this John Deere 1030 was
such a rare beast made the challenge
of refurbishing it even more special.

Your tractors

10 Ploughing masterclass
Members enjoy the relaxed
surroundings of the first LFPG Club
Working Day at Tumby Estates, near
Horncastle, Lincs, in July.

12 A Major pairing
Two Fordson Majors with consecutive
registrations – still together after
almost half a century.

16 All right at The Wrongs
The Link Club is at it again with a mighty
show of force at its annual serious
Muck Shifting Event in Leicestershire.

20 That wavy arm syndrome
Ever had that impulse to put your
hand up at an auction? Ray Cleggat
did... but hasn’t regretted buying this
Ford 334 Highways Tractor since.

24 Harvest Gold Rush
Marshall heritage is alive and kicking
and safe in the hands of enthusiasts
such as James Carolan from Co. Meath
with his superb Marshall 602.

28 Twins with a difference
Keith and Kevin Edwards both own
David Brown tug tractors that, although
made for very different tasks, are of the
same basic type under the skin.


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

94 Tractor Events
The new show at Rockingham Castle is
one of many events reviewed in our
monthly roundup.

103 Sales & Marketplace
Collectives and collectibles up for
auction in this month’s roundup of the
auction scene.

104 Reviews
We take a look at all the latest tractor
and farming heritage books and DVDs
to hit the shelves.

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

Farming heritage

35 A GIANT in the popularity stakes
In 1964 Massey Ferguson launched a
whole new range of tractors
encompassing four models, dubbed
the Red Giants; the most popular of
them was the 135.

40 More than just a Fair attraction
We preview what’s in store for the
tractor lover at the Great Dorset Steam
Fair, which is now in its 45th year.

42 Made in Britain and built to last
The full story of the International B-450,
one of the most popular models ever
made during the pre-cab era of British
tractor manufacturing.

46 Tractors in the Tyrol
Stuart Gibbard visits the Zillertal valley
at the height of the hay-making season
and discovers a wealth of Austrian
tractor heritage.

52 Propelled to fame
We look at the story behind the Europa
and the Columbus combine harvesters
– arguably the best selling machines of
all time for CLAAS.

56 Aultman & Taylor 30-60
The Aultman & Taylor Machinery
Company was one of several American
firms producing large ‘gas’ prairie
tractors; we review its most popular

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

62 Tractor Gallery
Picture of the month is this rare 1919
Nelson four-wheel drive and four-wheel
steered tractor owned by Mick Patrick.

120 Summer chores
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy” –
well not if you are in farming, although it
might be a bit easier for a little while.