Tractor & Farming Heritage | September 2014

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3 Welcome

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

20 Graham’s Grumbles
Hi-tech innovations are the subject of
this month’s grumble – oh how times
have changed!

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

80 Vast collection – tiny cupboard
Jo Roberts takes another trip to see
collector John Farnworth’s vast
collection of tractor related memorabilia,
but now it’s time to move on to ‘the
smaller stuff’.

88 A battered back end
The saga of Graham Hampstead’s Super
Dexta restoration continues…

114 Next Month
Preview of the October issue of your
Tractor & Farming Heritage magazine.

146 Last Word
Jean Brown finds that there are some
people who shouldn’t be left in charge
of boiling an egg!

Your Tractors
6 Down in the woods
Meet the man who believes veteran
tractors should still be making a living
and not just for the showground.

12 Nuffield is best
George Blaylock owns a large Nuffield
10/60 and a BMC Mini, so what better
tractor could he get to represent the
BMC range than this Nuffield Universal

28 Dave’s Tractors
Dave Taylor tells how he was almost
turned from the blue to the red with the
temptation of a gleaming Massey
Ferguson 178.

30 Promoting THE system
Our Club Focus spotlights the Ferguson
Club, established in 1986 to promote
interest in the work of the late Harry
Ferguson and Ferguson products.

32 Blue Force 1000
With the name of the
game to get as many
Ford tractors and their
derivatives into one place
at one time, it was always going to be a
fascinating show.

38 Welcome to the Notts NVTEC
A preview of the Notts NVTEC Working
Weekend in August is as good an excuse
as any to review one of the largest
tractor groups in the land.

40 A red among the blue
It was always going to take something
special to disturb the Fords that ruled
the roost on this farm, but the IH 585
was a force to be reckoned with.

44 Readers’ Tractors
Tim Watson tells us of the restoration
race against time that he and brother
Jon faced to get their Fordson F ready in
time for the show season.


48 Part of the furniture
Tony and Anne Rimmer have been
slowing down to the speed of life at
their new home in France; Tony gives
us another aperitif of their daily rural

52 Cream of the crop
The events leading to the advent of the
FMC 679 pod picker in 1976 that
changed pea harvesting forever.

56 Picking up on balers
The recent Fife Vintage Club’s Rally
featured more than 20 varying makes
and types of pick-up baler, Peter Small
tells us how the machines developed.

62 Women at the wheel
Stuart Gibbard looks at the part played
by the lady tractor drivers during the
First World War.

66 Home Farm diaries
September is one of the best months of
the year, the combine is almost back in
the shed, and thoughts turn to HR’s
favourite jobs.

70 Red Power
Stuart Gibbard reports on the Massey
Ferguson 1155 tractor – a formidable V8
contender in the North American race
for power.

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

76 Highland Folk Ways
We continue our story of Isabel Frances
Grant and how her passionate dream to
preserve and record Scottish history and
Highland folk culture was finally


92 Bare essentials
If you’ve bought a tractor and it only
needs a cosmetic restoration here are a
few things to do if you know they’ve not
been done already.

96 The proper treatment
If you’re looking to keep that just
finished lustre longer on your painted
parts workshop expert Richard Lofting
shows how.

106 New Products
All the latest tractor and farming
heritage related product and equipment


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

108 Sales & Auctions
Old Sump Plug is working ‘Overtime in
the heat’ to bring you the latest Cheffins’
sale, while Jo Roberts give a roundup of
the general auctions.