Tractor & Farming Heritage | October 2014

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3 Welcome

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

20 Graham’s Grumbles
Ever had trouble with call centres, or
even understanding them once you get
through to someone, don’t tell Graham
you’ll only get him started!

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

80 Industrial action!
If you want something a bit different
then perhaps it’s worth looking out for
specialist versions of industrial tractors.

88 Turning the corner
There comes a point in a full restoration
where it changes from repairing to
rebuilding the tractor, Graham
Hampstead has reached that stage with
his Dexta.

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

146 Last Word
A tale of how two ferrets and a Pekinese
led to Farmer Brown acquiring a vintage
grain shovel.


6 What a beach beauty
We take a look at a Classic on the
beach; an International 956 XL working
on a boat launching service at
Beadnell Bay.

12 It’s big but it’s Versatile
Classic tractors don’t come much larger
than this Canadian-built Versatile 700,
especially when you’ve only seen it on
the internet before!

28 Dave’s Tractors
If you long for a tractor that is unique,
why not create your own like this John
Fordson 165 Universal Selectamatic.

32 Dexta delights
We focus on the Fordson Dexta, Ford’s
answer to the ‘grey menace’ and how it
changed the face of farming.

38 Readers’ Tractors
Duane Craig of
Butler, Missouri,
USA tells us how
retirement has
given him the time
to rekindle his passion of old

40 The story of Kullervo
A figure in Finnish mythology called
Kullervo has inspired Tolkien, Sibelius,
philosophers, – and even a tractor


44 Standing the test of time
What made the John Deere 4020 one of
the most widely used and recognised
tractor models ever produced.

50 Model World
Henry Smith picks out a selection of the
many replicas produced of Massey
Ferguson’s 100 series from around the

54 RED GIANTS are coming
What better excuse for a preview than
the Newark Vintage Tractor Show in
November which will have a special
display of the MF 100 Series.

60 A tractor flushed with success
Bernard Holloway reviews the
development of the Allis-ChalmersWC
and how it advanced the use of
pneumatic tyres.

66 Soon be Christmas!
It’s October on Home Farm, autumn is
here, the days are getting shorter, and
the clocks will soon go back.

70 French fancy
Stuart Gibbard describes one of
Renault’s early tractors – the Type PE
introduced in 1926.

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

76 Tractors and roses
Polly Pullar’s camera expertise has
captured some stunning imagery;
but visiting the Sands Rose Nurseries
proved to be a breathtaking

86 Little Grey Fergie
The adventure begins with the first
instalment of our new children’s


92 DIY plating
Richard Lofting shows us how plating
can be done in your own workshop.

98 A Major restoration
It was a case of Major by name and
major by nature as tractor restorer Ben
Phillips had to clear the decks for this
Fordson Major.

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

108 Sales & Marketplace
Old Sump Plug reports on the Cheffins
Harrogate Vintage Sale where more
than 70% of the tractors sold.