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CONTENTS
TRACTOR AND FARMING HERITAGE FEBRUARY 2015

Regulars

3 Welcome

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

20 Graham’s Grumbles
This month’s ramble is one of those that
keeps cropping up now and again for
Graham Hampstead – keeping bearings
greased.

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

43 Show us yours
In our regular feature we invite you to
send in your tractor snaps – you never
know, you might win the prize we’ve got
up for grabs.

72 You’re never too old to learn
Graham Hampstead finds the wise
old adage here to be true as he goes
through the book to discover
the persistent fault on his restored
Super Dexta.

76 A Fergie abroad
Jo Roberts hears the story of an
American tractor collector who’s just
discovered the joys of Ferguson
tractors.

106 Next Month
Preview of the March issue of your
Tractor & Farming Heritage magazine.

138 Last Word
Farmer Brown sees a newly made
shepherd’s hut and decides to make one
himself for a fraction of the cost.

YourTractors

6 Built to be relied on
We visit a Ford 6610 that has just
celebrated its 26th birthday and
is still earning its keep as part of
a working fleet.

12 Bristol 25
The chequered career of the
company that eventually produced
the “lightweight crawler with the
heavyweight pull” is revealed.

28 My favourite toys
Dave Taylor has many tractors in his
collection; here he gets to talk about his
number one choice, County, closely
followed by a Fordson Major.

32 Great idea from Australia
Ian Denton recalls the development of
the Ford 8401 from his days working at a
dealership at Farrell Flat, South Australia.

Heritage

36 30 years of Case IH
With an anniversary soon on the cards,
we celebrate the merger of Case and
International Harvester.

44 Plucked from obscurity
The postwar demand for tractors in
Britain saw numerous new makes and
models appear on the UK market – here
are some of the more obscure machines.

48 John Deere Model D
The rugged and reliable tractor that still
stands the test of time and put the
‘D’ in Deere!

54 The Cuneo Collection
In the late 1940s/early 50s, Massey-Harris
was keen to establish itself in Britain –
part of its campaign was the work of
renowned artist Terence Cuneo.

58 Home Farm Diaries
It’s February and come rain, snow or frost,
someone still has to get the work done.

62 Huber Super Four
Huber described its 15-30 Super Four as
the most powerful tractor for its money;
Stuart Gibbard explains.

63 Tractor Archives
More heritage memories from the
farming literature of yesteryear.

68 A controversial candidate?
Our workshop expert Ben Phillips selects
his tractor of the decade for the 1950s –
it may seem an odd choice, but here is
his argument.

Workshop

84 Heading in the right direction
Ben Phillips tackles the cylinder head on
a Massey Ferguson engine, which has
evidently not seen any basic
maintenance for a long, long time.

88 Taking the strain
One of the toughest jobs undertaken
during restoration work on tractors is
the removal of various gears and hubs.
Richard Lofting shows us the tools for
the job.

Marketplace

94 Massey Expo 2014
Well-known Massey-Harris collector
John Farnworth reports on his findings
at the Massey Expo held in Rushville,
Indiana, at the end of July last year.

99 New Products
All the latest tractor and farming
heritage related releases.

100 Sales & Marketplace
Fog, Fordson and Frolics at the Cheffins
Bristol Vintage Sale and H J Pugh’s
Letton Court dispersal sale marked the
end of a busy season.