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WORKING ClASSICS Masseys still earn their keep




Aussie tractor trek

Full story on the 1916 Cub


AN ExPERT’S EyE vIEW vI vIE Massive M-H Ontario sale


Trailer maintenance

David Brown 885

DB Thresherman

Men and machines battle the elements

Saved from the great scrapyard in the sky

The story behind the DB that sold for £36,500

No. 124

February 2014


The Pathfinders


This Renault 155 54 Turbo was spotted taking a break at a working day at Frithville near Boston in Lincolnshire this summer.


ou could have knocked me down with a feather when I heard the latest revelation from one of the UK’s largest supermarket chains that we need to be ‘educated’ that misshapen fruit and vegetables are good food. e food sourcing director at Tesco added that customers always ‘pick the cream of the crop’ and leave the ‘old, ugly and misshapen’ produce to go to waste. Valiantly he announced that the company will explore ways to put more of these deformed delicacies on offer to encourage people to buy them. I think the education here lies in the fact that he has probably never been on the receiving end of some supermarket chains’ stringent guidelines for fresh produce.

e crops have to be lied, prepared, and packaged in the correct manner; then stored in containers at the correct temperature and delivered to store/distribution centre at a precise time. Only to have the entire load rejected if there are any (and I mean any) bruised goods, crooked carrots or twisted tates etc. e supermarkets have previously admitted that a significant percentage of their food ends up in the bin. Imagine how the poor old farmer feels when he has to throw away a similar amount of his crop as it does not meet ‘cosmetic standards’. He doesn’t have the safety net of a multinational conglomerate to fall back on. Perhaps the only ‘education’ we need is to not blindly follow the marketing messages of these multinationals convincing us we need to buy something we don’t really want. Aer all, the generations before this age of media bombardment were perfectly happy with sustenance from good wholesome food whatever its shape or form may be.

Meet the team...

Ben Phillips

J Whitlam

Tractor restorer – aka the tractorlad.

Writer and farming video producer.

Jo Roberts

Pete Small

Dave Bowers

Dan Casanova

Professional heritage Farming heritage writer based in Wales. historian and writer.

Tony Hoyland


Feature writer with a keen technical eye. To link to our Facebook page, just scan the image (right) with your smartphone. Alternatively, go online and visit

Motorsport engineer with a tractor passion.

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Tractor Talk

All your news, views and comments around the classic and vintage scene.



Get a grip with 4WD

Donald Bowler takes a look at the fourwheel drive derivatives of Fordson, Fords and Conversions.


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What do a golf course and an ice cream business have in common? Working classic MFs of course.


A special Marshall


Jonathan Whitlam recalls his first taste of tractor ownership – a Marshall 904XL straight off the internet.


Dave’s Tractors


The restoration of this green crop loader is all the more remarkable given it had stood unused for 50 years.

Graham Hampstead reflects on his humble beginnings as an apprentice engineer, which have stood him in good stead throughout his life.

Working Masseys


The handy harvester

Reader memories of the Ransomes Faun potato harvester at work on the farm.





Confessions of a tea boy

Who killed Santa? Farmer Brown blew him up.



Green crop reloaded

122 Tractor widow


Tractors in Winter

Stuart Gibbard looks at snow ploughing with tractors – a story of men and machines battling against the elements.


Preview of the March issue of Tractor & Farming Heritage.

Dave Taylor tells us all about his David Brown 885, which he saved from the great scrapyard in the sky.

Drilling in retirement

Paul Havard ‘drills for fun’ and what better kit could he have chosen than a County Forward Control tractor.

Wallis Wonder

This 1916 Wallis Cub was one of the stars at the 2013 Newark Tractor Show; we talk to the man who restored it – David White.


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What a road run!

Bob Wilson tells us all about the Harry Ferguson Tractor Club of Australia’s tractor trek of more than 2000km.

Tractor Archive

More heritage memories from the farming literature of yesteryear.

Fiat 702

Workshop 90 COVER STORY


Italy’s answer to the Fordson Model F in our veteran showcase feature.

Instantly yours

Daniele Casanova shows just how powerful images of old vintage machinery can be.

George’s tractor guard of honour

Polly Pullar meets larger than life character George Farron, who will help anyone and always makes his mark raising funds.


Home Farm Diaries

Vic Mather’s David Brown Thresherman made £36,500 at auction recently. Pete Small tells us more.

Welsh tractors and THAT Farmall

We meet tractor enthusiast and restorer Emlyn Williams and the tricycle tractor that his wife just loves to hate.


Thresherman reaps real rewards

The Home Farm Diaries

Do you remember February 1976? Concorde, Bohemian Rhapsody, or even the Morris Marina.

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Honey I shrunk the Fergie

Ben Phillips makes a direct comparison between two variations of the grey Fergie – the narrow TEL and the standard TED.


All the latest tractor and farming heritage books and DVDs to hit the shelves.

Trailer for the main event

It’s all too easy to forget maintaining a vital piece of kit – the trailer.

100 Latest products

All the latest product releases to help you restore and maintain your tractor.

Marketplace 102 Canadian Massey Days COVER STORY

John Farnworth reviews two significant events last summer in the Massey-Harris homeland of Ontario Province, Canada.

106 Bracing in Bristol

Is it February already? The Cheffins Bristol Vintage Sale comes early this time round – November!

109 Classified section

Buy, sell, browse; this is the place to be.


Masseys still par for the course Eagle-eyed correspondent Alan Barnes gets the rub of the green and spots some of the cream of Massey Ferguson’s classic crop still hard at work in Northumberland.

The man behind the wheel

Working with the tractor that morning was the club’s greenkeeper, Geoff Brown, a trained engineer who not only keeps the golf course in good order but also carries out the routine maintenance and any repair work that the tractor may require. Geoff spent some years working as a mechanic in the local garages before joining Northumbrian Water and now in his “retirement” he finds himself working harder than ever keeping the course up to the high standards required by the Wooler Golf Club’s members.



find it hard to believe that anyone lucky enough to be playing on the Wooler Golf Course can actually get beyond the second hole. e course has been built on Dod Law a ridge of high ground above the small village of Doddington which is about three miles from the town of Wooler and offers some spectacular views across the Northumberland countryside. I am not a golfer but I oen enjoy a walk along the edge of the course taking in the views across the farmland in the valley of the River Till and then on towards the rising uplands of the distant Cheviots. e course itself is very well maintained and during one of my recent ‘excursions’ it was an ageing Massey Ferguson 265 busily

cutting the fairway grass which caught my eye. As it passed I noticed that it carried a D registration plate which would have been issued in 1986 but, intriguingly, the production of the MF 265 which began in 1974 had come to an end in 1983. is model had replaced the earlier Massey Ferguson 165 and sold very well during its 10-year production run. It had also taken its place in the company’s history when one MF 265 was used in 1991 on the ‘Track Tour’ which saw the tractor completing a 14,000 mile drive from the UK to Zimbabwe and raising over £20,000 for Oxfam. Now if it had been me behind the wheel of the Massey, I would probably have not cut more than a few dozen yards of grass before stopping the machine to admire the view, but obviously the operator was far more

disciplined than I could ever hope to be as he worked up and down the grassy slopes. With the cutting of that stretch of the fairway completed the driver parked up the tractor and I was able to spend some time talking about the Massey Ferguson and its use around the course. A small John Deere sit-on mower is used to cut the grass on the greens but for the heavier work on the fairways something a little more robust is required and the Massey fits the bill quite nicely. is MF 265 is by no means in pristine condition and the two lengths of rope which hold the doors shut are hardly original Massey Ferguson optional extras. However, according to Geoff, the tractor still does all that is asked of it and is well able to handle the mowers on the steeper stretches of the course. ➤

Mechanically there was nothing that needed to be done to the MF 265 when it arrived at the golf course 10 years ago and the only thing changed was to have a new set of grass tyres fitted.


National Road Run draws near


he first outing in the New Year for the raffle prize tractor for the National Vintage Tractor Road Run 2014 will be the Vintage Tractor Show on February 1-2 at the Bath & West of England Society Show Ground, Shepton Mallet. A month later the restored International B-275 will put in an appearance at the ree Counties Showground, Malvern, on March 1-2. e organisers look forward to seeing you there as there are plenty of raffle tickets still to sell; and at £1 it must be an offer you can’t refuse. Entry forms for taking part in the National are still coming in but the event itself is getting ever closer, so you are advised to get your entries registered as soon as possible. For further information on the National Vintage Tractor Road Run 2014 visit the official website www.shropshirenational2014.we

Some of the organisers enjoying the bright winter sunshine pictured with the B-275 raffle tractor. They are, from left, Ashley Godsall, David Coombes, Glad Godsall, Paul Schofield, Gina Lee, Angela Schofield, Des Phillpots and Jerry Hobday.

Hammer falls on 2013 collectives

Final call for model show

Halls final plant and agricultural machinery collective auction of 2013 at Shrewsbury Auction Centre provided a good choice of tractors which found willing buyers on December 6. Leading prices included £3600 for a Ford 4100, £1900 for a restored David Brown 990 with loader and £1350 for a Nuffield Universal. Other prices included a 1999 New Holland 6635 with a Quicke Q750 loader selling for £12,300, £8800 for a 2003 4WD McCormick MTX 125 with front loader, and £8700 for a 1995 4WD John Deere 7600. The farm implements section included numerous loader attachments, such as muck grabs, shear grabs and bale spikes, which sold well. Top price went to a root chopping bucket at £3500. Best price for straw choppers was £990 for a Kuhn Primor, while a number of mixer wagons found new homes, including a Stralesmann twin auger Tancam at £5100.

Time is running out if you want to register your model in the The Model Tractor, Plant & Construction Show’s free competition on February 16. The show will be returning to the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, near Leamington Spa, for the third year running where competition models and dioramas will be a major feature of the show with large display areas at the exhibition. A number of full size tractors, vintage and modern, will also be showcased at the event courtesy of the Warwick Tractor & Vintage Machinery Society (WVTMS) and the Friends of Ferguson. Classes for the models will be: Class 1: Tractors & Farming Equipment; Class 2 Plant & Construction Machinery; Class 3 Dioramas; Class 4 Junior Section (under 16). The deadline for entries is January 17. For a competition entry form visit the website or tel: 01926 614101.



A small entry of cultivation and harvesting equipment sold well, with a six furrow Dowdeswell plough making £3650. Numerous McConnell and Bomford hedgecutters sold to a high of £3050 while Twose 6.2m folding rollers made

£2000, a 24m Berthoud mounted sprayer made £3050 with a Kuhn trailed mower sold for £2500. Plant entries included five diggers, with the highlights being a JCB 3CX at £8200 and a Chieftain dump trailer at £3550.

Snippets Combine tour Lynne Samuels, president of the Bromyard club, has just told us about a trip being planned for April to visit the New Holland combine factory in Belgium plus lots of other private collections. The trip departs from Herefordshire on April 3 lasting for four to five days and will also take in a visit to a city. Numbers are very limited, so if anyone is interested please contact Lynda on 01886 853680 as soon as possible.

The UTVVC presentation is made to the air ambulance crew.

Fantastic funds raised for Hampshire Air Ambulance


he Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance received a welcome boost of £2000 its funds in a presentation at its base on ruxton Airfield on Monday, December 2, writes Peter Hammond. e charity was chosen by the Upper Test Valley Vintage Club to receive the proceeds from its successful annual Working Weekend.

A donation in kind had been made at the event over the second weekend of September when a tea chest full of ladies bras collected over the two days was presented to the charity. It certainly is a different way to raise funds but with £125,000 per month needed to operate the service every little counts. e cheque for £2000 was handed over by club treasurer Lesley Hamblin supported by a

Billy Whitmore’s grey Fergy with the Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter. trio of club members with their respective tractors, Billy Whitmore’s 1953 Ferguson TEF, Bob Warwick’s 1964 Super Dexta and Ivan Gibson’s 1971 Ford 3000.

Somerset road run The Somerset Annual Vintage Tractor Road Run will take place at Langthorpe on Sunday, January 26, at 10am. For further information tel: 01458 259593 or 07887 943348.

Lostwithiel YFC Tractor Run 2014

Ploughing funds into charity A total of £600 was raised from the annual Banff and Buchan Tractor Club Ploughing Match held at Easter Cardno near Fraserburgh by kind permission of the Campbell family on Saturday, October 26. There was a good entry of various tractors and ploughs and all money raised was donated to the Crimond Doctors.

Right: Ploughmen at the Banff and Buchan Tractor Club Ploughing Match line up for a group photo after the match. Photo Murray Littlejohn

Record donations from Woodcote fundraisers The Woodcote Rally has donated a record amount of £31,800 to local charities and good causes this year. The event is organised and run by the Woodcote Rally Committee who held their donations evening in the Woodcote Village Hall on Friday, November 29, where the rally committee and association members had the opportunity to celebrate that all their voluntary efforts and hard work have paid off. This latest cash boost now brings the total donations since first starting in 1964 to a staggering £400,000.

Two classic tractors will be heading out on the John O’Groats to Land’s End run on April 12 in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The tractors, a Fiat 1300 Super and a Case 2290, will be piloted by members from the Lostwithiel Young Farmers Club, who also want to spread the word about young farmers as they go. Lostwithiel YFC is a small club in Cornwall with 32 members, 10 of whom will drive the two tractors in relay over the course of a week, visiting as many towns as possible as they travel the length of the UK. The idea came about as the grandparents of two brothers in the club moved to farm in Scotland many years ago and have now retired, giving the boys the tractors. So the plan is to bring the tractors back to the family farm and raise funds along the way. Keep watching the pages of Tractor magazine for further updates.

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Surrey stockyard full of memories I picked up my first copy of Tractor & Farming Heritage when I was visiting Pembrokeshire (October) and I enjoyed every page. When I read Tractor Talk I remembered the picture of my late father Jim Crutcher, who farmed in Surrey. I thought you and your readers would like to see it. He is mucking out the stockyard. I think it is a trailer (pictured in the rear); the muck

spreader was bought later, pulled by his faithful Fergie. I do not know the model, but I am sure your readers will. The picture was taken in the late 1960s, early 70s. Please thank the magazine team for an excellent product, makes me want to restore an old tractor.

Miss Jo Crutcher, Castleford.

Who does need a car?

I picked up the latest copy of Tractor at the Newark show. I must say on reading it I found it a very well balanced magazine. I instantly connected with the article ‘Who needs a car’ by Jo Roberts. Like Jo, I often potter about on my 1952 Ferguson, although the countryside around Epping Forest is not quite a match for the rugged terrain of the Welsh hillside.

The Ferguson near Marles farm with the churns and straw on the back.



The lanes I use are unfortunately peak-hour rat-runs and so I avoid setting off until midmorning. I have visited our local garden centre and petrol station on the Fergie – which is certainly a conversation icebreaker! My main runs are to Parvills farm, which is a round trip of about eight miles or Marles farm if I just want a ‘quick fix’ of about three miles. Jo is correct when she says: “It makes you realise how much car drivers are missing as they race by.” I often come across hares and deer as I pound along at around 10mph. On my last visit to Parvills I saw a herd of fallow deer grazing in the field next to me – they didn’t bat an eyelid, and I didn’t have my camera on me! I have a mirror fitted to the exhaust so I always know what’s behind and if I can see it is clear ahead – I wave people by, which is appreciated with a toot and wave back. I often go out with some churns and a straw bale in the link box to ‘look the part’ and this has had favourable comments from local farmers.

Setting off for a leisurely run in the countryside. I always wear a HiVis jacket when I’m on the road but some people still find it difficult to see me. Last year I narrowly avoided a head-on collision with a minicab which drove at me on the wrong side of the road! Regarding the bridge problems at Llanrwst. Maybe the local highways people should erect traffic lights? There are some times when you need the car though – like when it’s cold wet and dark and the wind is howling. Jimmy Waters, email.

THE DooDlEbug While sorting through photos taken during a recent visit to the US I found some photos taken at a vintage gathering that took place near to where we were staying in Ohio. I was interested to then see the photos in Jo Roberts’ article about American imports in the December issue of Tractor and

Farming Heritage and thought that readers may be interested to see the restored Doodlebug that I happened to catch in the camera. I have also included photos of a few other tractors that were on display at the gathering to show your readers. Ray Hogben, email.

Showing off a new life on the fair Independent showman Joby Carter was somewhat ridiculed when he acquired a Ford County tractor in May last year in less than sparkling condition, but a runner nevertheless. Eighteen months on and Kevin, as the 1966 tractor was immediately nicknamed, looks somewhat tidier and is enjoying life on the fair. Purchased on eBay, seemingly from the single winning bid, the woebegone County made its debut with Carters Royal Berkshire Steam Fair at Pinkneys Green near Maidenhead when the vintage fun fair pulled on to a usually idyllic village green for its annual visit that on this occasion saw it facing a sea of mud. The idea of purchasing the 4x4 was to assist in extracting the fairground equipment, or indeed winching it on to site, a job that it easily rose to during the exceedingly wet summer of 2012, as fitted with a Boughton 25C winch it more than proved its worth. It has recently been commented on that winching comes as second nature to the showmen. Since that first baptism of fire for the 47-year-old tractor, it has received a new radiator grille and replacement wings, with the tin

work straightened out, while a sturdy open sided cab has been fitted to offer some overhead protection to the driver. All the work has been done in house, with the only major mechanical work to be undertaken being to the gear selector which had a habit of jumping out when exerting a pull. Now carrying the corporate maroon livery associated with the Carters Steam Fair, the tractor is transported as required on its own drawbar trailer with the ply boards so often used by showmen when

conditions are sticky. Road registered, it also acts as a very handy shunter when trailers and ride centres require moving around Joby’s yard. Peter Hammond, email.

Fitted with front end couplings the tractor is a handy yard shunter. Left: The County making its fairground debut at Pinkneys Green last year.

Taking its place in the Carters transport line-up.




Tractors in


Stuart Gibbard looks at snow ploughing with tractors – a story of men and machines battling against the elements.


he weather has affected agriculture throughout history and cold winters have been one of the greatest challenges for those who live off the land as snow and ice bring the countryside to a standstill. e farmer is at the mercy of the weather and severe winters over centuries have threatened his livelihood. A succession of mild seasons a few years ago, claimed to be the result of global warming, lulled us into thinking that severe winters could be a thing of the past. But more recent winters have been exceptionally cold with heavy snowfall in many parts of the country. Some theorists have even suggested that we could even be moving towards another ice age, so it’s probably a good time to remember how we coped in times gone by.



Severe winters

e prolonged hard winter of 1946-47 and the notorious icy blast of 1962-63 were without doubt two of the worst seasons in living memory. January, February and March 1947 were marked by blizzards and hurricane winds. Snowdris, sometimes as high as 20, blocked the railways and made the roads impassable, isolating towns and villages. Over two million sheep and lambs died, and some 30,000 cattle perished. e snow was followed by weeks of frosts so severe that even the sea froze. Around 200,000 acres of winter wheat were destroyed and some 30,000 tons of potatoes ruined in their clamps. e thaw finally arrived on March 9, but the worst was still to come as the melting snow was accompanied by heavy

rain and gale-force winds. Within days, almost all of England’s rivers were in torrent with floods reported from the Ouse in Yorkshire, right down the eastern side of the country to Kent and as far west as the Severn and Wye valleys. e fenlands of eastern England were particularly badly affected and the farmers, having battled the snowdris, now had to salvage their possessions and rescue people, livestock and equipment from the rising waters. e toll on the arable acreage was even greater than the destruction caused by the snow and frost as further crops of wheat drowned in waterlogged fields. December 1962 to March 1963 were characterised by 11 weeks of severe frost that brought undue hardship to the farming

Keeping the highways open with a Case 10-18 tractor in 1921. The ‘crossmotor’ Case was a rugged and dependable machine with an enviable reputation for solid reliability. The trailed ‘maintainer’ doubled up as a snow plough in winter and a road grader in summer.

A David Brown DB4 crawler makes a path through the snow in the severe winter of 1947. The tractor had been sent out from the David Brown plant at Meltham to rescue a family stranded in a blizzard near Huddersfield. The DB4 crawler was built in small batches from 1941 to 1945 and was fitted with a Dorman diesel engine. community with stock, including ponies on Dartmoor and sheep in the Pennines, buried beneath snowdris. e severe weather put an abnormal strain on fuel and food supplies with producers unable to meet demand. Vegetable prices rocketed, while dairy farmers were unable to get their milk to market and ended up pouring gallons down the drains. Such was the effect on the countryside that even the foxes moved into the town centres and began to hunt in pairs! During both the 1946-47 and 1962-63 winters, the armed services were mobilised to bring much needed assistance to isolated communities and help out with emergency stock feeding. Farmers and contractors also joined the battle, clearing snowdris with bulldozers and snowploughs and coming to

A Fordson Model F operated by the District of Columbia authority clearing snow from the streets of downtown Washington DC in 1924. The tractor is an industrial model fitted with a cab and a front-mounted scoop, which could be raised or lowered by the driver via a worm and wheel arrangement. Note the snow chains on the wheels. Photo: US Library of Congress the rescue of stranded motorists. Oen, crawler tractors were the only way to ferry vital food supplies and medical aid to where it was most needed.


Even the winters that are not so severe are a challenge for the farmer. Early snow and frozen ground can disrupt arable operations such as drilling wheat, liing sugar beet and winter ploughing. Brakes frozen on in the morning and flat batteries were once the hazards of tractors and trailers le out overnight. Experienced crawler drivers would always drive their machines on to two wooden sleepers at the end of the day to prevent the tracks being frozen to the ground in the morning. ➤

A pain to drain

Before antifreeze, tractor radiators had to be drained at night and refilled in the morning, preferably with hot water, before work could commence. Early antifreeze mixtures, usually of alcohol and glycerine, were expensive and were not always widely available. Neither were they that effective as the alcohol evaporated over time. A solution of calcium chloride was also added to tyres that were water ballasted to give protection from frost.

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