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Classic Tractor Issue 80 December 2007

Magnum Milestone: Looking back on the first 20 years of the high-hp, US-built Case-IH Magnum line.
UK Ploughing Championships: All the results from the British Ploughing Championships, held in North Yorkshire.
Agritechnica preview: The biggest ever – that’s the claim being made for November’s Agritechnica show.
Original Classics: Essex farmer Bill Turtle reckons his Cat crawlers are hard to beat in tough going.
Reflections: Aldrich Brothers look back on almost 50 years of contracting work in hay and straw.
Bid for a Brit: There’s still time to bid for the last British McCormick CX, but you’ll need to hurry.
Scottish National Tractor Show: Scotland’s National Tractor Show was a good place to see quality classic tractors.
Devon Play Day: Classic Ford owners come out to play at Gerald Bowden’s working day in Devon.
Fleet Profile: With sons Mark and Martin, aptly named Joseph Watson’s fleet has many colours.
Anti-Mine Personnel: Wiltshire’s Track Tractors is a dealer on a mission to design better mine-clearers.
Technically Speaking: Expert advice on resolving excessive king pin wear on a 2-wheel drive axle.
Historic Handlers: Concluding our RWC/Collins series with a look at two of their oldest telehandlers.
Memory Lane: Ex-chief tractor demonstrator John Hull recalls how County handled it’s dealers.

Classic Tractor Issue 79 November 2007

Reader Rebuild: A V8 Detroit Diesel engine transplant has transformed Mark Cotterril’s ’68 JD 5020.
Bradford’s Baby: A rare insight into the development of the Bradford-built International B-250 tractor.
Rotary Rarity: This Suffolk farmer’s Massey 8590 rotary combine is one of three working survivors.
Tractor Trade: How John Deere UK gets parts delivered to your local branch by overnight service.
Schluter on Show: Schluter tractors starred at the Nordhorn Veteran Tractor Club event in Germany.
Bid for a Brit: Details of how you can make your bid(s) for the last British-built McCormick CX.
American Road Trip: Darren Tebbitt reports on his epic US trip, where classic tractors were on the agenda.
Fleet Profile: Massey Fergusons feature prominently in Drew and Brian Taylor’s cherished fleet.
Museum of English Rural Life: Delving in the fascinating archives of the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading.
Memory Lane: Promotion to County’s sales department sets John Hull on an exciting new career.

Classic Tractor Issue 78 October 2007

Irish Tractor Challenge: History in the making as Irish enthusiasts break the world record with 4572 tractors.
Reader Rebuild: Barry Garfoot’s super collection features a rebuilt Leyland 2100 and Marshall 184.
McCormick CX Family Tree: Tracing the McCormick CX family tree from 1970 up to the present day models.
Bid for a Brit: Details of how you can make your bid(s) for the last British-built McCormick CX.
Classic MF Implements: Geoff and Paul Alridge have just finished restoring a trio of classic MF implements.
Training for Tractors: What’s on offer in the way of training for younger and inexperienced drivers?
Fleet Profile: Scottish Borders contractor Billy Lauder and his family have been JD for 40 years.
The Teleshift Story: The fascinating story of the development of the Teleshift handler during the 1980s.

Classic Tractor Issue 77 September 2007

Oldest working Perkins: The results are in from our search to find the oldest working Perkins diesel engine.
Perkins 75th anniversary: Highlights from Perkins Engines’ 75th anniversary open day in Peterborough.
Ford buyer’s guide: Ford’s hugely popular 5000 tractor is put in the spotlight in this month’s buy guide.
Massey Ferguson 9240: The story of David Brown’s involvement in the development of Massey’s big 9240.
Leyland’s last days: A rare insight into the mood at Leyland’s tractor division just before it was sold on.
SDF 80th anniversary: Same Deutz-Fahr celebrates its 80th year and reveals ambitious plans for the future.
Special edition Renault: Renault’s special Nectra tractors of 1991 were full-spec models with all the extras.
Farm Progress Show: All the highlights from one of Canada’s biggest and best farm machinery shows.
Reader rebuild: MF dealer service engineer Gordon Marr has made a superb job of his ’68 MF 165.
Belarus in Canada: Articulated Belarus tractors are now rare in Canada’s prairies, but we found a pair.
Teleporter pioneers: The Collins family were at the forefront of telehandler development in the 1970s.
Memory Lane: John Hull recalls the time he spent with County in their development workshop.

Classic Tractor Issue 76 August 2007

Fleet Profile: Ford, Fiat and New Holland make up the fleet of contractors Peter and David Ellin.
Reader Rebuild: After 25 years of great service this 1970s DB 1412 Hydra-Shift looks just like new.
Prototype Challengers: Caterpillar’s prototype Challengers have just come to light. Here is their full story.
Ford & Fordson Expo: All the highlights from the super Ford & Fordson gathering at Newby Hall, Ripon.
Renault buyer’s guide: All you will ever need to know about the Renault 120.54 is right here in our guide.
Royal Show memories: A fascinating insight into what went into standing at the Royal Show in the 1970s.
Top 10 Classics: All the results from our ‘Top 10 Classics’ poll. Did your favourite make the top 10?

Classic Tractor Issue 75 July 2007

Reader Rebuild: Matt Pepper’s refurbished ’74 JD 4230 is his pride and joy – and still earns its keep.
Modern Classics: Driving the Case-IH Maxxum 5150 Pro, Case MX135 and McCormick MTX140.
Horsepower Extension: Workshop ingenuity transforms the look and performance of a 70s Muir-Hill 161.
What a Corker!: A superb gathering of Fordson, Ford and Ford-derived tractors on display in Cork.
Rules of Engagement: Explaining the role of the tractor driver in the countryside management scheme.
Driver accessories: Driver accessories and gadgets that will help to make life a bit more pleasurable.
Hours & Conditions: Where farm workers currently stand with regard to rates of pay, hours and holidays.
Buyer’s Guide: Everything you ever need to know about buying a Massey 240 tractor is right here.
Ferguson Fan Base: Ex-Banner Lane museum pieces at home in Mike Thorne’s remarkable collection.
Landmark Launch: Behind the scenes of the 1977 launch of International’s 84 Series models in Tunis.
Fleet Profile: Irish farmer Pat O’Sullivan explains why he runs a classic and modern Fendt fleet.
Original Classics: Barn-stored for every night of its 35-year life, this Ford 2000 is an absolute delight.
Bamfords: Boom & Bust: The rise and fall of Bamfords, one of this country’s most famous machinery names.
Memory Lane: David Pearson concludes the story of his 40-year career with Ford Tractors.

Classic Tractor Issue 74 June 2007

Field of Dreams: Prized collection of very original classic Ferguson and Massey tractors to be sold.
Ford Series 40 Launch: Behind-the-scenes look at the launch of the Ford Series 40 and its European tour.
Rebuild Story: John McElderry’s ‘red-cab’ Massey 590 receives the full refurbishment treatment.
National Vintage Tractor Road Run: Over 340 tractors took part in this year’s National Road Run just north of Lincoln.
Leyland 272 Test Bed: Charlie Mack’s Leyland 272 was used as a test bed for the ‘Golden Harvest’ range.
Change or Die: Diversification and prudent planning are behind success of agricultural colleges.
Buyer’s Guide: All you need to know about the IH 584, 684 and 784 is here in our buying guide.
Tractor Trade: From small beginnings, Vapormatic now lists over 16,000 replacement spare parts.
East European Antiquities: Moldova in Eastern Europe is home to a large number of ageing Russian classics.
Fleet Profile: Paul and William Stevenson run a mixed fleet of DB, MF, Case and Ford classics.
Reflections: Bob Humphrey worked with many of the majors, including Renault, Ford and Fiat.
Memory Lane: David Pearson discusses the Versatile Bi-Di and the high-hp Ford 70 Series.

Classic Tractor Issue 73 May 2007

Ford 5000 Rebuild: Rebuilder of outstanding ’71 Ford 5000 reveals how he achieved as-new finish.
Tractor World Report: Super display of Nuffield and Leyland tractors at the Tractor World Show.
Fleet Profile: The Blades’ yellow/green Marshall 100 a rarity in this eye-catching livery.
Northrop Sale Preview: An ultra-rare six-cylinder Northrop 5006 due to go under Cheffins’ hammer.
SIMA Show Report: A feast of new tractors and machinery at last month’s SIMA show in Paris.
Case IH Merger: A fascinating insight into the merging of the Case and IH dealer networks in 1985.
Hits & Misses: Hits & Misses returns with more of your best and worst classic tractor experiences.
Rise and Fall of Bamlett: Ever wondered what became of Bamlett Farm Machinery? Well here’s the answer.
Ford Comparison: Ford TW-15, 8630 and 8670 models are the focus of this month’s comparison.
Pick of the Parts: Previously unavailable classic parts make a welcome return to the shelves.
Buyer’s Guide: David Brown’s 990 Implematic remains popular classic tractor for lots of reasons.
Tractor Trade: Ten years after taking on Roadless, David and Gill Pantry are selling the business.

Classic Tractor Issue 72 April 2007

Landmark Tractors: The introduction in 1986 of Massey Ferguson’s ‘intelligent’ 3000 Series was massive news and put electronics and the then new tractors firmly on the farming map.
BAGMA tractor survey: The results of an in-depth survey into the state of the nation’s agricultural tractor fleet may do little to prevent the instigation of mandatory annual testing.
Somerset Tractor Show: In its fifth year, the Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show at the Royal Bath & West Showground is firmly established as one of the country’s top indoor events.
Giant Schluter: Steven Vale tracks down a Profi Trac 3500, one of a few survivors from the doomed German range of tractors that counted among the most powerful in Europe.
Buying on a budget: Looking for a 100hp tractor at between £7000 and £8000? They do exist but in what condition, how many hours are on the clock, and how easy are they to find?
Cab controls: Do the controls of your tractor fall easily to hand, with the minimum of effort? If so, it’s not a coincidence – it’s all down to the science of good ergonomics.
Valtra factory tour: Rory Day toured Valtra’s tractor manufacturing and engine production facilities in Finland to learn how the company has transformed itself into a major force.
Prairie Monsters: Love them or hate them, White’s US-built articulated Field-Boss tractors were unlike anything else during the 1970s. We track down a UK-owned, 4-180 model.
Fleet Profile: Having started out using Fordson tractors, the Mouland family from Kent changed over to Massey Ferguson, but returned to using classic Fords some years later.
Reflections: Retired sales director John Baxter looks back on a 37-year, power-charged career with Perkins Engines, during which he sold some two million diesel engines.
Perkins Anniversary: To commemorate its 75th anniversary, Perkins Engines is launching a search to find its oldest working engine in agriculture. There are some great prizes up for grabs.
John Deere 2850 guide: John Deere’s 2850 has been around for two decades and has established itself as a versatile, reliable and sought-after workhorse. Here’s how to buy a good one.
MF 390 gearbox rebuild: Our project tractor’s 12×12 synchromesh shuttle gearbox can now be put back together again – it’s not difficult, but the process does call for care and attention.

Classic Tractor Issue 71 March 2007

GIANTS OF THE FIELD: Our special March supplement looks at some of the outstanding farming giants of the past 40 years – from the V8 Massey 1150 to the latest Challenger MT900B.
Wheeled Challengers: Challenger’s MT900B Series plus rare pics of prototype Cats.
MF 1150 prototypes: Tracing the origins of Massey Ferguson’s range-topping 1150.
Old vs New: John Deere’s 8440 lines up against the 500hp Case STX500
Original classic: Up close with what must be the UK’s most original Ford 9600.
Reflections: A service engineer’s views on the 4WD Massey 4000 Series.
Fleet Profile: Speak to John Rodgers about his collection of classic Ford, Massey Ferguson and John Deere tractors and his eyes light up as he tells how he dropped on each of the 15 tractors.
Readers’ Vote: Always had your favourite classic tractors? Now is your chance to tell the world about them and help CLASSIC TRACTOR create an all-time Top 10.
Tractor Trade: Based near Chorley in Lancashire, John Charnley & Sons holds the McCormick franchise and is one of the leading sources of spares for Nuffield, Leyland and Marshall tractors.
High-Hours Classics: Dorset contractor George Mogridge has used Fendts since the early 1990s and he now owns three, including a remarkable 1994 Favorit 818 with 22,000 hours on the clock.
Refurbishment Story: A school project sparked the fire for Peter Gaffney’s love of John Deere and when he finally bought his very own 2140 he decided to refurbish it to showroom condition.
Special Feature: One Northern Ireland verge-cutting contractor explains why he prefers to run a pair of classic Zetor Crystal 8145s to the use of modern tractors.
Special Feature: The Editor sees the funny side of one wheeler, dealer’s efforts on eBay to offload a Ford 3000 he had bought ‘sight unseen’, which had turned out to be a real dog.
MF 390 gearbox rebuild: Staff and students at Wiltshire College Lackham assess the damage and identify what needs replacing, as well as showing how to rebuild the clutch.

Classic Tractor Issue 70 February 2007

John Deere 4020 revealed: We followed its mechanical rebuild in late 2005 and early 2006, now it’s time to catch up with the cosmetic work that has transformed JD UK’s 4020.
Newark Tractor Show: All the highlights from this year’s excellent Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show – one of the best indoor tractor events in the enthusiasts’ calendar.
Mailam collection: We track down what is quite possibly the largest collection of Ford-based Mailam crawlers in the world – housed well out of sight in a Dutch warehouse.
Original classics: Every inch the original classic, this International 706 is a rare survivor from a handful sold in the UK during the power-hungry mid- to late-1960s.
Classic implements: Our occasional series on classic implements gets underway with a look at the forerunner of today’s min-till cultivator – the Taskers Tillage Train.
Yard scraper special: Bruised, battered, but not, it seems, unloved – these yard scrapers might not look pretty, but they’re still held in high esteem by their Scottish owners.
Reflections: Retired MF technical service engineer David Lees continues his series of reminisces by moving on to his involvement in noise testing and the MF 1505.
EIMA Show report: The cancellation of the Smithfield Show in London made this year’s Italian EIMA show take on an added significance for Europe’s leading manufacturers.
Ford 4000 comparison: Ford’s 4000 is a hugely popular tractor, but it’s rare to see three variants – eight-speed, Select-o-Speed and a County version – in the same field.
Hesston 1880DT: Considering that only a very few Hesston (Fiat) 1880DT four-wheel drive tractors were sold new in Canada, catching a glimpse of one is a rare experience.
Buyer’s guide: With its innovative sloping bonnet Deutz-Fahr’s AgroStar 6.38 proved to be a popular tractor. We examine the pros and cons to consider when buying one.
MF 390 gearbox rebuild: With the engine out of the way, it is time to turn our attention to the 12 x 12 gearbox fitted to the MF 390 we are rebuilding at Wiltshire College Lackham.

Classic Tractor Issue 69 January 2007

Reader Rebuild: Devon farmer and IH enthusiast Tom Goddard was so intrigued by a four-wheel drive version of an International Standard 444 he ended up building his own replica.
Show Report: Kelsey publishing’s National Tractor Show attracted over 300 vintage and classic tractors and thousands of visitors to the East of England Showground.
Buyers Guide: The introduction of the 90hp Zetor 9540 in June 1991 marked a new chapter in the Czech tractor manufacturer’s story, particularly in Britain and Ireland.
Original Classics: John Deere’s Generation II tractors set the standard for comfort in the mid-70s and their Sound Gard cabs are still very acceptable places of work.
Show of Claas: Tractors were the focus at the recent ‘World Claas’ event in Germany, timed to coincide with the 80th birthday of company figurehead Helmut Claas.
Too little, too late: Tracing the fascinating and frustrating story of the Standen Tornado self-propelled sugar beet harvester, which should have been launched ten years earlier.
Mouldboard Masterclass: Loseley Park, near Guildford, was the venue for this year’s British National Ploughing Championships – the UK’s premier ploughing competition.
Loadall Landmark: JCB’s Loadall division reached a significant milestone recently with the completion of the 100,000th telescopic handler at the firm’s Rocester headquarters.
Reflections: As an MF technical service engineer based in Coventry during the 1970s, David Lees and one of his colleagues were the service team for the innovative MF 1200.
Fleet Profile: For Nottinghamshire farmer David Cheetham, Leyland and the associated marques that have followed over the years are the tractors of choice.
Yesterday’s Farming: For one west-coast farming family the decision to give their ‘older’ classic machines a run out in the harvest field became a day to remember.
Rubber Solutions: Much of the design work involved in producing a new tractor tyre is now performed on a computer. But there is still no substitute for hands-on testing.
Tractor Trade: We trace how parts specialist Sparex developed a new bonnet for the Ferguson TE-20 more than half a century since this popular classic ceased production.
MF 390 Rebuild: After refitting the pistons and liners, and rebuilding the bottom end, staff and students at Wiltshire college Lackham finish off putting the engine back together.