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Classic Tractor Issue 92 December 2008

Reader Rebuild: A thorough refurbishment has extended the life of this super 1984 Marshall 804.
Fleet Profile: Glanville and Melville Hancock’s fleet is dominated by MF 300 Series models.
British Ploughing Championships: Held in almost perfect conditions that resulted in a high ploughing standard.
Origins of an Icon: Responsibility for the production of the 4WD MF 1200 is transferred to Britain.
Original Classics: Rare US-built 1974 Case 970 Agri King is still pulling its weight on a Glos farm.
Show Report: 4WD tractors were the focus of the 23rd Ballygowan Vintage Rally in Co. Down.
Staffing Shortfall: Staff retention remains a problem in the engineering sector, says a Lantra survey.
Inflation Awareness: Michelin claims its new OmniBib tyre can save fuel and also improve the ride.
Northern Power: Major developments at Valtra for 2009: New S Series, N and T tractor revisions.
MF Axle Rebuild: New series on curing loose MF steering begins with the strip of a 675 front axle.
Reflections: Les Arnold looks back on his 40-year career as a haulier delivering tractors.

Classic Tractor Issue 91 November 2008

History under the Hammer: An Aladdin’s Cave of classic machinery is coming up for auction in Lincolnshire.
Fleet Profile: The Johnsons’ fleet of two Volvo BM and five Claas combines are kept mint.
MF@50: Six of the Best: Our choice of the six all-time greatest MF tractors – one from every decade.
MF@50: Origins of an Icon: The exclusive story of the development of the Massey Ferguson 1200 in the US.
MF@50: Half-Century Highlights: Through the years with MF, with some great pictures from the AGCO archives.
MF@50: Red & Grey All the Way: Between them the Lloyd brothers’ fleet features MF tractors from every decade.
MF@50: Red Tractor Renaissance: Today’s mainstream MF range covers 40 different models from 69 to 370hp.
Ford Axle Repairs: Final part: How to rebuild a worn half-shaft and put everything back together.
Reflections: Ken Clare’s five decades in the farming industry and the machines he has driven.

Classic Tractor Issue 90 October 2008

Fleet Profile: Richard Cross from Devon runs his 750 acres with a select mix of older tractors.
Fords at Fingal: With 460 Ford and Fordson tractors on display, Fingal Show was a big success.
Reader Rebuild: Rebuilds don’t get any bigger than this one, involving a 1990s Big A spreader.
Mid-Range Integration: The new Claas Axos range replaces the outgoing Celtis that came from Renault.
Spanish Sojourn: Ford fan John Crothers has gathered an impressive collection of Spanish Ebros.
Original Classics: This fine pair of Marshall 602 and 702 tractors are soon to be sold in Cumbria.
HARVEST FOCUS: Sixties Classic Comes Home: Unable to find a nice MF 510 combine over here, John Leathers imported one.
HARVEST FOCUS: Living the Dream: Steven and Kevin Clarke finally achieve their dream of custom cutting in the US.
HARVEST FOCUS: A Claas in all but Colour: After years of trying, Claas has finally got a foothold in the American market.
HARVEST FOCUS: Cereal Thriller: New Holland lays claim to the world’s most powerful combine – the CR9090.
Ford Axle Repairs: First of a two-part series on how to fix the problem of leaking half-shaft seals.
Reflections: Retired farm foreman Tom Beale spent his career working with classic tractors.

Classic Tractor Issue 89 September 2008

First of Many: At the controls of the UK’s first Steiger, a 250hp Cougar, imported here in 1976.
Reflections: Ex-David Brown field test dept driver William Noble recalls his experiences.
Onwards and Upwards: Case IH reveals its plans for the future, including a CVT gearbox for the Puma.
Nuffield 900: Nuffield, Leyland and Marshall tractors at the Cornish Tractor Club annual rally.
Operating in Isolation: Two Ford 8830s are the strong arms of Kintyre’s Strang Brothers Contracting.
Gone but not Forgotten: DB enthusiasts gathered in Meltham to remember the company and the factory.
Original Classics: A very original Muir-Hill 121 Series II joins Stephen Brooks’ contracting fleet.
Fleet Profile: Agricultural contracting is in the blood of the Osbornes, down in West Sussex.
Classics at the College: Highlights from the first North-West of England Tractor Show in Lancashire.
Drilling in the Dust: Growing cereals in a drought region of Australia demands special skills and kit.
Any Old Iron?: Review of the scrap metal situation and how it is impacting on classic machines.
Test of Metal: The history of Nebraska’s Tractor Test Laboratory, testing tractors since 1920.

Classic Tractor Issue 88 August 2008

MF @ 50: Fifty years after the creation of MF, the brand celebrates its half century in style.
Roadless Reunion: A record 68 Roadless tractors made this year’s Carrington Rally a brilliant event.
Reader Rebuild: Jeremy Mellor’s super Ford 3055 4WD has a bit of mystery built into its history.
Answers in the Archives: Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life offers a window on the demise of IH GB.
Last off the Line: McCormick reveals its intentions for its last tractor built at Wheatley Hall Road.
What Happened To…?: The fascinating story behind Offchurch Tractors’ decision to sell 4WD Steigers.
Long Reach, Short Life: Rare low-hour IH 856XL and Uni-Hytel loader is due under the Cheffins hammer.
Fleet Profile: The Byers family have been running MF tractors ever since the brand was created.
Tractor Trade: Family-run Thurlow Nunn Standen look back on more than a century in business.
County 1174 Rebuild: Third and final feature on Chris Allen’s outstanding 1979 County 1174 rebuild.

Classic Tractor Issue 87 July 2008

Reader Rebuild: After an extensive rebuild, Peter Ensor’s ’80 Muir-Hill 121 is now one of the best.
Buyer’s Guide: Our in-depth buy guide to John Deere’s 6920 and 6920S modern classic models.
White Dawn: What happened at Meltham after David Brown launched the white Selectamatic.
DRIVER FOCUS: WAGES AND THE AWB: A review of the work of the Agricultural Wages Board and the current wage rates.
DRIVER FOCUS: COOL RUNNING: Follow these simple checks and you will prolong the life of your air-conditioning.
DRIVER FOCUS: STEEL-TRACK CONSIDERATIONS: What to consider if you are planning to buy and drive a steel-track farm crawler.
DRIVER FOCUS: RIGHT ON TRACK: Well-placed ballast is the key to getting the best from a Challenger MT machine.
Fleet Profile: Lincs farmer Bryan Stubbs has worked David Browns and also delivered them.
Europe’s Biggest Breaker: A guided tour around the immense yard of one of the biggest breakers in Europe.
County 1174 Rebuild: As work on the County 1174 progresses, more serious and costly faults are found.
What Happened To…?: The concluding second part of our story on farm implement legend Archie Kidd.
Memory Lane: County’s former demonstrator recalls his RNLI lifeboat tractor experiences.

Classic Tractor Issue 86 June 2008

Fleet Profile: John Graves and his son James are MF and Ferguson men through and through.
County 1174 rebuild: Reader Chris Allen recalls all the early rebuild work done to his County 1174.
Buying an MF 135: Part two of our in-depth MF 135 series looks at repairs and where to find parts.
GIANTS OF THE FIELD: READER REBUILD: The remarkable story of an IH ‘Snoopy’ that was saved after being left for dead.
GIANTS OF THE FIELD: BRAND POWER: The end of an era as Lincs farmer Peter Harborow prepares to sell his Versatiles.
GIANTS OF THE FIELD: AMERICAN LOVE AFFAIR: Peter Stead has fond memories from his time as Case’s high-hp tractor specialist.
GIANTS OF THE FIELD: V8 DIESELS DOWN UNDER: MF’s V8-engined 1150 and 1155 models at work on a potato farm in New Zealand.
Braking News: If accepted, new EC proposals on trailer braking could lead to sweeping changes.
What Happened To…?: Remembering Archie Kidd, the designer of the Rotaflail harvester and much more.
Memory Lane: Some of John Hull’s more memorable demonstrations to industry customers.

Classic Tractor Issue 85 May 2008

Buying an MF 135: Start of a new series on what to look for when buying MF’s little red 135 tractor.
Malvern Classic: All the classic highlights from the 2008 Tractor World Show in Worcestershire.
MELTHAM TRIBUTE: THE CAR IS THE STAR: A valuable 1967 Aston Martin DB6 car was the carrot in a Case-IH competition.
MELTHAM TRIBUTE: SAVED FROM EXTINCTION: Case-IH 1594 Commemorative Edition is saved from scrap by a DB enthusiast.
MELTHAM TRIBUTE: FIT FOR WORK: Case-IH 94 Series Comm. Edition users give their views on their classic tractors.
Wheels Aplenty: Could the Fendt six-wheel Trisix Vario succeed where many others have failed?
Four to Six: Story of an unlikely ‘merger’ between Perkins and David Brown in the 1970s.
Fleet Profile: The Draycotts’ blue and red tractor fleet features both Ford and Massey Ferguson.
Reader Rebuild: Lecturer Garry Walker has breathed new life into a rare ’78 Fiat 1000 Super 2WD.
Prevention is the best Cure: Security is the key to deter the organised gangs determined to steal your machines.
Memory Lane: John Hull enjoyed being hands-on with County’s unequal-wheel 4-wheel drives.

Classic Tractor Issue 84 April 2008

Fleet Profile: Tractors on the Mold family farm are a blend of old and new and they all work.
Reader Rebuild: Aidan Doorley and Pat O’Sullivan’s fab yellow County 1184 is a ray of sunshine.
Winter Splendour: The Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show blows away the cold winter blues.
Red Diesel Update: A new Memorandum of Agreement aims to dispel decades of confusion and abuse.
At home with ARGO: McCormick production is now up and running at the ARGO facilities in Italy.
Tracks Before Their Time: Andy Scarlett recalls his research into a half-track system for mid-hp tractors.
Rivals Reunited: Our classic comparison brings together four farmers’ favourites from the 1960s.
Trailer for the Baler: The origins of the automated bale sledge, a must-have tool in the farming armoury.

Classic Tractor Issue 83 March 2008

Reader Rebuild: Norfolk farmer Kevin Clarke’s US-built MF and Super 90 look quite stunning.
Contractor conference: A summary of the main topics discussed at the NAAC’s conference at Stoneleigh.
Case ‘Spirit of ’76’: The US owners of this Case 1570 ‘Spirit of ’76’ model say they will never sell it.
End of an Era: Our tribute to 61 years of manufacturing at the historic Wheatley Hall Road plant.
Power harrow outfit: Robert Browne’s workshop-made power harrow outfit saves time, fuel and labour.
Fleet Profile: Bucks farmers P. & D. L. Warren rely on a mainly blue fleet to get the work done.
Buyer’s Guide: Same’s base 100hp Antares tractor is the focus of this month’s in-depth buy guide.
Midlands Masterclass: The Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show celebrated 60 years of the Nuffield.
Tractor Trade: Cab trim and seat maker P. J. Dring & Co is for sale after 25 years of trading.
Memory Lane: County’s former demonstrator recalls the firm’s Forward Control machines.

Classic Tractor Issue 82 February 2008

Reader Rebuild: Ford-based J. J. Thomas Ninety Five-100 is an emerging and very desirable classic.
Fleet Profile: John Threadgold and his son Neil have a great passion for Case and David Brown.
Original Classics: Canadian farmer Jack Beamish runs four old but still useful IH ’06’ Series classics.
What happened to…?: The Yoke was a powered tool carrier that never reached beyond the prototype stage.
Tractor Trade: Demand for County parts is still buoyant, say Hants-based suppliers A. T. Osborne.
Setting a Standard: New scheme enables agricultural service engineers to achieve skills accreditation.
Deserved to do better: ‘So near, yet so far’ sums up the story of Standen’s Challenger SP6 beet harvester.
Sets Appeal: Two Nth Ireland classic enthusiasts and their respective Ford ‘Force’ tractor sets.
Midlands Masterclass: The Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show celebrated 60 years of the Nuffield.
Buyers Guide: Main points to look out for when you are buying a used Track Marshall 135 or 155.
Memory Lane: Former County demo man John Hull recalls his tour of France on an 1124.

Classic Tractor Issue 81 January 2008

Driving Comparison: Ford’s TW-35 in a field comparison with New Holland’s similarly-powered T7030.
Fleet Profile: Contractor Julian Birch believes nothing compares to Case-IH’s original Magnum.
Preserving a Prototype: Last of Banner Lane’s Field Test models is on its way to the Coldridge Collection.
Original Classics: One of the very first IH B-250 industrial tractors is discovered in deepest Suffolk.
Reader Rebuild: Barry Coleman’s concours 1975 MF 188 is an absolute joy to behold and like new.
Braking Measures: Exclusive report on the development of a new testing procedure for farm trailers.
Case IH: New high-hp flagship models are joining the Case IH Magnum and Steiger ranges.
Claas: Claas have strengthened their tractor line with the new Arion and the Axion CVT.
Michelin tyres: Michelin provide some useful advice on how to make the most of the latest tyres.
John Deere: John Deere’s new 6030 and 9030 Series plus a tour of the firm’s German factory.
Fendt: With record production levels for 2007, Fendt of Germany is in a buoyant mood.
Agritechnica Show: All the highlights from the Agritechnica machinery show at Hannover, Germany.