Tractor & Farming Heritage | August 2014

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3 Welcome

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

20 Graham’s Grumbles
Not so much a grumble, more dismay
at the way some people used to treat
those visitors to our shows – swallows.

24 Tractor Talk
Your news, views and comments about
the vintage and classic scene.

82 Postcode lottery!
Jo Roberts finds out why local heritage
is so important to farmer Tudur Parry.

88 Gateway to the next level
Graham Hampstead tackles the Super
Dexta’s tricky clutch and gearbox but
gets some good news about the
tractor’s provenance.

114 Next month
Preview of the September issue of
Tractor & Farming Heritage.

146 Last Word
Farmer Brown’s workshop becomes a
place for men of a certain age to
‘hang out’–with hilarious results.


6 Perfect package
The ‘rust to riches’ story of this 1953
Field Marshall Series 3A tractor just
proves that what sounds and looks right
is right!

12 Standing out from the crowd
We see how adding an MF 80 loader to
a Massey Ferguson 185 Multi-Power
has given the tractor a much greater

28 Vickers Vigor Bulldozer
After 13 weeks in traction Dave Taylor
was going crazy for something to do;
he couldn’t cope with a tractor so
settled for the next best thing.

30 It’s all part of the fun
The ‘unconventional’ design on the
1950 Mark 2 Turner Yeoman engine
makes its restoration far more
interesting for David White.

36 No rust = happy man!
Alistair Minton
decided his Fordson
Super Major needed
a makeover, which
is a good idea if you
have an aversion
to rust.

38 The Frankenstein Fordson
We take a look at an unusual project
which wouldn’t look out of place on the
film set of Mad Max.

40 Best pick of the crop
Bob Parke, shows us the latest additions
to his collection, a Massey-Harris self
propelled corn picker and a Super 27


46 Cut and Vine
With the pea harvest starting at the end
of June and carrying on through to
August, now is a good time to take a
look at the fascinating history of
harvesting the crop.

52 Farm crops in Britain
What better way to depict the farming
practices of yesteryear than this lovely
set of illustrations from a children’s
farming textbook of the 1950s.

56 Tractors ahead of their time
We track the story of Fendt to modern
times and see how it has not only stayed
true to its tradition but and become one
of the leading brands within the AGCO

62 International at war
How the IH Company of Great Britain
became one of the largest suppliers of
tractors to the Ministry of Munitions
during the First World War.

66 Dinky Heavy Tractors
Introduced during 1948, the Heavy
Tractor was included within the popular
Dinky Supertoys series, and is regarded
an interesting collectible.

70 New generation of power
Profile of the John Deere 3010 tractor –
part of a range of new multi-cylinder
designs introduced by the company
in 1960.

71 Tractor Archive
More heritage memories from the
farming literature of yesteryear.

76 Highland folk ways
Marvel at the work of Isabel Frances
Grant who was passionate about
Scottish history and Highland folk
culture, and dedicated to recording it.

80 A classic harvest
Back before the hard winter frosts, we
were invited up to Noel Clarke’s farm in
Co. Meath to photograph the last of the
winter wheat harvest.


92 New coat for an old favourite
Ben Phillips applies the cosmetic
touches to what is arguably one if the
iconic tractors of the early 1970s – the
Leyland 154.

96 Hot bulb basics
Richard Lofting uses his friends’
acquisition of a SFV Super 204 to tell us a
lot more about one of his favourite
subjects–hot bulb tractors!


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

106 Preparing for the Ploughing Challenge
The NBVTC get its 2014 season off to a
flying start and throws down the
gauntlet to other clubs for a ploughing
competition later this year.

108 Products
All the latest tractor and farming
heritage related product releases.

110 Sales & Auctions
Our roundup includes the Late Bill
Etherington Dispersal Sale where a 5ft
Case eagle sold for an amazing £13,000.