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HTN 99 - Emerson Brantingham Big 4-30

7th June 2006

Emerson Brantingham Big 4-30 about to cross the 2-ft narrow gauge line at Sandstone.

Train crews be alert!

Photograph courtesy and © David Benn.

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HTN 96 - Some of the more interesting sights at Sandstone are the quiet ones.

5th June 2006

 
 
Some of the more interesting sights at Sandstone are the quiet ones. Here is a tractor slumbering next to the entrance gate at Sandstone Estates. It was obviously spotted by a visitor who passed that way recently and won a photographic competition as a result. Beeld Newspaper, Tuesday, 25 April 2006
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HTN 95 - Sandstone cooperates with Western Cape Enthusiasts to restore McCormick threshing box and Mitchell baler

5th June 2006

In January 2001, part of the historic Elgin Valley farm called De Hoop was sold at auction. Although I pass this farm often in the course of my work and the farm is easily visible from the approach road from the North, somehow I had never noticed a large metal object looking very much like a threshing machine!
Maybe a tree had been cut down? With a new owner wishing to clean up his yard, there was no time lost for Philip Gray-Taylor and I, both committed collectors of Stationary Engines and Farm & Horticultural Equipment to make an appointment to view it and perhaps make a deal which would keep it out of the hands of the Scrap Dealers! There was also an Australian-made Mitchell stationary baler standing next to it.

A deal was struck, and the following story describes how they was brought to my workshop, written as the story progressed:

I made a deal yesterday with the new owner of the farm where the McCormick 'blikbak' and Mitchell baler are standing. So the baler is now mine, and the blikbak is 50/50 with Philip, who shares the Ransomes 10 NHP steam portable with me.

I managed to get three of the four wheels off the baler, the 4th will definitely need a chain saw, as a tree which has since died, has grown up between the wheel and chassis, and then over the wheel. I was using a high lift jack and hoped that the root may have rotted away underground and pull out. No way! I had managed to get hold of 4 old 600/16 tyres recently, and will have them fitted, and then hopefully, just tow her away. How old were these old balers? What is amazing is the decals are almost like new, although the paint is almost gone, and there is some rust, caused by the seed pods of the tree (a gum) which tried to kill the baler, before the baler choked it to death!

It looks as if the colours were red, with yellow wheels.

I went back to the baler this evening and put on the three wheels which I had had the old 600/16's put on to. (they are getting scarce!). I had to lift the one side higher than it was when I took off the flat tyre, and as I lifted it, I heard a crack underground...a root breaking! some more,and more cracks. Then I realised I had the Hi-lift on one of the roots, and moved to another place, with more joy. I put that wheel on, and put a block under it, lowered it, and went to the side with the tree. Also feeling around, and placing the jack between the roots, I have now managed to pull the whole root out! OK, you get roots and roots, but this is a ROOT! I still can't get the wheel off, though, and the thing is still standing on the jack. I will just have to take a photo, before I start cutting!

Paid another visit this evening to the Mitchell. Managed to saw the piece that was growing down over the top of the wheel, and then thought I'd get lucky and take the split pin out of the hub and pull the whole wheel & hub off. Fat chance, even with the hi lift between the chassis and the wheel. The tree has grown right over the lip of the rim. Then I thought I might still be able to get at the heads of the bolts. (it doesn't have studs, just loose nuts & bolts. Got 3 off, but the tree has filled up the entire space between the chassis and the inside of the rim, and there's no way that you can get at the heads. I managed to put the hi lift between two legs of the tree, and broke one off at the root, but that still didn't expose anything more. Now, I think I'll have to disconnect the axle from the chassis (it hinges at one point in the middle, to be able to traverse very uneven ground), and lift the machine up, and try to move it away, and deal with the axle on its own. I took some shots.


The lower picture shows the hi-lift jack forcing the two limbs of the dead tree apart.
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Back at the workshop:

I tried again to get the wheel off the baler. Didn't have a heavy enough hammer for the pin in the axle. I'm sure it will go better from there on. I have been greasing every time I go, and each hub has taken 200 pumps of grease! I managed to free off the input shaft and the angle drive box (which I'm not planning to use, but it might be handy some time)............

With much sweat, I managed to get the wheel off the Mitchell baler today. This morning, I tried to saw more through the trunk, but it was too big for the bow saw. As I thought, I would have to take the axle off. The two trailing arms were no problem, but the pivot pin was stuck, so I went back to the thing after doing another job in that area this afternoon, with a big hammer, and managed to get the pin to move, but it belled out. So I tried the other way, but couldn't get at it, and bearing in mind I didn't know how to deal with the machine once the pin was out, I decided to tip the machine on its side. 2 goes with the hi-lift, and an unbelievable tilt, and she flopped gently onto her side.

This meant that I could get a good swing at the pin, but in the process, that end belled out too. Bear in mind that the whole root and trunk had also tipped over with the machine, and was now free to rotate a bit, (about 90 deg) With a sweat, so I could swing it this way and that, to get at the end of the pin. I then had to saw through the section of the pin sticking out, and knock the pin back the other way. Of course, the punch I was using got stuck in the hole, and that was a whole process to get out!

Once the pin was out, the wheel at the bottom got trapped, and the whole machine had to be lifted up again. Once the axle was off, it was a question of the hi-lift in exactly the right place, to wrench the axle out of the wood and free the wheel. Phew!
There is a perfect indentation of three quarters of the inside of the wheel dish in the dead wood!

The Mitchell has since been given to Emile Cronje of Brakfontein, who must by now be world renowned for his collection of mostly restored grain harvesting equipment, which he showcases once a year on his farm between Heidelberg (Cape) and Riversdale. The show is usually held early in December.

Then the Threshing Machine, or Blikbak as we call it. In NZ it would be called a 'Tin Mill'.

The 'blikbak' is safely at the workshop! I rocked it out of its resting place with the Mercedes Benz Sprinter service-van and reinforced towbar, and then found that the slope out of the farm was too much for the van. I let it roll back, but as you know, drawbar things are not easy to reverse! The whole caboodle landed up crossways across the new owner of the farm's drive way!

Switch to plan B. I had to go home for lunch past a friendly customer, and borrowed a biggish (for us) 4wd tractor. (One of my own Fendt 203V vineyard tractors would have been pushed dangerously downhill, even if it had been able to get up!) It is 14km from the farm to my workshop, 1⁄2 on gravel, 1⁄2 on tar. The gravel section was really slow, whereas on the tar section I managed at a fair lick of speed, watching all the time that the left rear wheel didn't go over the edge off the tar. The right rear wheel needs a visit to the bicycle shop, for the spokes to be tuned, it wobbles like mad, and makes the whole machine shake! But the worst noise and shaking came from the feed chute, folded down, right behind me. At one stage Philip and Ryan were trailing me, picking up fallen-off parts and a pulley. One other pulley had fallen off on the farm already. It shows nothing is seized up! Time for the trip, about 13⁄4 hrs. What a pleasure to drive the unencumbered tractor back! (a Lamborghini) (about 3⁄4 hrs).

I felt I needed to pay for the use of the tractor, besides filling the fuel tank, so luckily found the oil pressure sender unit not working when I put it away. (It had been handed over to me running, otherwise I would have noticed). So I was able to donate and fit the unit as, it being similar to a SAME, I travel around with spares.

Now it's at the workshop, I can see how big it is, and how Derick Kleynhans can say it can be towed behind a bakkie (once fitted with rubber tyres) I just don't know. It really pushed me downhill!

One interesting thing was inspecting the bushes of the pulleys which came off.....100%!

Thinking back to the collection and inspection of this machine..... I have no idea when grain was last planted in this fruit growing area, still less when last it would have been threshed with a stationary Threshing Machine. There was no sign of a shed on the farm which could have housed this big machine, so we can assume, I think, that it has been outside all along. Yet apart from superficial rust on the angle-iron framework and adjusting threads, no single axle was stuck, all the fan shafts turned, shakers shook, and augers turned.

We didn't have undercover space for it either, so our 'preservation' for the last 51⁄2 years has amounted to greasing all the nipples profusely and raising the steel wheels off the ground to on to lorry rims, to prevent them from rusting.

Some time ago, I had a visit from oom Jannie du Toit, from Gordon's Bay, over the mountain. Everyone knows oom Jannie is the last word when it comes to McCormick Deering. I saw him walk several times around the machine and asked him why he was so interested. He replied that he used to contract with exactly such a machine! When asked whether he saw his way clear to restoring this one, he said "Yes" straightaway! A word with Philip, and he agreed that oom Jannie would be just the right person to take on the challenge.

However, logistics, not keenness, have prevented him from making a start, but he obviously hadn't forgotten the offer. So it came as no surprise to get a call from Sandstone Heritage Trust, to say that he had asked them to assist. Oom Jannie is behind most of the splendid collection of International, McCormick Deering and Farmall tractors and implements already in the Sandstone Collection.

We are looking forward to news of this machine's return to pristine running order!
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HTN 92 - Notties Tractor Trek - Nottingham Road - 4th & 5th August 2006

23rd May 2006

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HTN 89 - Oil pull transport

12th May 2006

Every show at Sandstone Estates attracts different types of machines, invariably loaded onto big trucks. Here is our Rumely Oil Pull 30-60E Heavyweight arriving with a friend, a 1933 Ford V8 truck which is completely original. Both of these came from Hogsville where the Rumely has recently been cosmetically upgraded by Charles Viljoen.
 
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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Tractors at Hogsville

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235 - Field Marshall
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236 - Fowler/FM Crawler
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237 - Caterpillar D2
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38.96
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239 - Massey Ferguson 135
36.04 KB
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240 - Ferguson TED
37.20 KB
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 241 - Field Marshall
34.98
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242 - Marshall M
36.98 KB
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243 - Case L
28.16 KB
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243 - Specplate
28.95 KB
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245 - Ferguson
41.03 KB
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246 - Field Marshall S2
51.90 KB
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247 - Marshall 1830
45.48 KB
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248 - Marshall 1220
35.32 KB
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249 - Ferguson A
36.05
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250 - Case C
35.34 KB
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251 - John Deere A
28.07 KB
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251 - Specplate
22.27 KB
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252 - Field Marshall
29.96 KB
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253 - Allis Chalmers
49.56 KB
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254 - Lanz Crawler
45.59 KB
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256 - Lanz Crawler
33.82 KB
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257 - Massey Ferguson 35X
34.01 KB
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257 - Specplate
54.05 KB
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258 - Massey Ferguson 35
30.90 KB
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258 - Specplate
29.95 KB
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260 - Marshall
30.80
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261 - Best Crawler
33.33 KB
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262 - Field marshall S2
43.24 KB
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262 - Ford 4100
36.95
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264 - Field Marshall S2
38.38 KB
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265 - Field Marshall S2
37.32 KB
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266 - Field Marshall S2
32.68 KB
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267 - Field Marshall S3
44.44 KB
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268 - Field Marshall S2
29.71 KB
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269 - Field Marshall S2
30.15 KB
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270 - Field Marshall S3
31.42 KB
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271 - Field Marshall S3
31.32 KB
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272 - Field Marshall S2
34.14 KB
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272 - Specplate
33.06 KB
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273 - Field Marshall S2
31.77 KB
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274 - Field Marshall S2
28.00 KB
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275 - Field Marshall S2
33.49 KB
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276 - McCormick Deering
52.30 KB
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278 - Fordson
54.62 KB
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279 - Farmall Cub
37.44 KB
   

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Tractor inventory December 2005 - John Deere Tractors

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16 - JD 820
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18 - John Deere
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48 - JD 820
135.57 KB

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 48 - Specplate
78.22 KB
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54 - JD Lanz D4016
134.84 KB
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54 - Specplate
39.68 KB

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56 - JD 730
130.71 KB

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65 - JD 730
44.73 KB

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70 - JD Lanz D6006
120.85 KB

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77 - JD Lanz
119.97 KB
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91 - JD 2141
89.89 KB
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91-Specplate
26.49 KB
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93 - JD B
45.10 KB
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95 - JD 4230
41.27 KB
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102 - Waterloo Boy
42.67 KB
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103 - JD G
46.40 KB
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104 - JD B
37.77 KB
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105 - JD H
46.50 KB
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106 - JD H
37.67 KB
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107 - JD H
38.71 KB
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108 - JD AR
37.20 KB
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109 - JD 8
42.73 KB
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110-JD 620
36.28 KB
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111 - JD 820
37.91 KB
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112 - JD 2010
119.35 KB
30.90 KB
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112-Specplate
34.78 KB
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113-JD 730
45.95 KB
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114 - JD 630
43.59 KB
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115 - JD 720
50.91 KB
43.24 KB
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116-JD 70
46.71 KB
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117 - JD 70
42.02 KB
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118 - JD 60
39.72 KB
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119 - JD 60
40.85 KB
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120 - JD R
39.95 KB
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121 - Jd 15 - 27
38.03 KB
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149 - JD 4020
122.66 KB

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Tractor inventory December 2005 - McCormick Deering Tractors

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10 - Farmall Super C
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12 - McCormic Deering W6
45.10 KB

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13 - Farmall H
46.78 KB

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14 - Farmall H
46.10 KB

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33 - McCormic Deering
176.85 KB

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33 - Specplate
46.81 KB

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53 - McCormick International
131.15 KB

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66 - Farmall
40.03 KB

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76 - Farmall M
42.13 KB

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78 - Farmall
49.19 KB

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80 - Farmall Cub
42.28 KB

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88 - McCormic Deering TG
43.88 KB

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89 - McCormick Deering
46.95 KB

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98 - Farmall
39.58 KB

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99 - Farmall
46.67 KB

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122 - Farmall M
42.53 KB

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123 - Farmall B
49.31 KB

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124 - Farmall Super AV
47.39 KB

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125 - Farmall Cub
44.89 KB

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126 - Farmall Super C
45.20 KB

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127 - McCormic D W4
52.86 KB

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127 - Specplate
26.02 KB

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128 - McCormic D W6
50.03 KB

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129 - McCormic D 04
36.99 KB

25130 - McCormic D W9
43.42 KB
26131 - Farmall H
45.16 KB
27132 - Farmall HV
46.96 KB

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133 - Farmall Super M
45.14 KB

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134 - International TD6
48.50 KB

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135 - McCormic D 014
39.73 KB

31136 - McCormick D i20
35.13 KB
32137 - Farmall F30
39.99 KB
33138 - McCormic D 0 - 12
37.60 KB

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139 - McCormick D T20
51.85 KB

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140 - McCormick D WD40
45.64 KB

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141 - McCormick D W30
42.94 KB

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142 - Farmall F20
4126 KB

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143-McCormick D 22- 36
41.49 KB

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144 - McCormick D W12
54.87 KB

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145 - McCormick D 1020
44.60 KB

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146 - Farmall Regular
52.21 KB

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147 - Farmall A
42.28 KB

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148 - Farmall FAA
44.26 KB

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150 - Farmall Regular
47.31 KB

 

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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Other Tractors at Sandstone (Page 1)

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01 8 - BMB President
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02 11 - Zetor
57.65 KB
03 15 - Allgaier
48.78 KB
04 15 - Specplate
31.18 KB
05 17 - Landini L25
56.44 KB
06 19 - Volvo C22F
52.33 KB
07 151 - Massey Harris
189.09 KB
08 25 - Specplate
115.43 KB
09 30 - Caterpillar D4
132.21 KB
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30 - Specplate
76.78 KB
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31 - Caterpillar R2
137.55 KB
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31 - Specplate
65.12 KB
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32 - Ransomes MGS
114.92 KB
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34 - Stock
105.47 KB
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36 - Eimco Loader
89.45 KB
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37 - MAN Acker
121.53 KB
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38 - David Brown 885
133.23 KB
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38 - Specplate
27KB
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39 - Fendt Favorit 3
112.19 KB
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39 - Specplate
113 KB
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51 - Allis Chalmers
132.93 KB
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84 - General Ordnance
73.25 KB
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85 - Emerson Brantingham
48.67 KB
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86 - Hart Parr 18 - 36
68.52 KB

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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Case Tractors

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01 - Case at gate
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6 - Case
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6a - Specplate
15.24 KB
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7 - Case
128.09 KB
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49 - Case SEX
170.26 KB
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62 - Case LA
44.69 KB
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67 - Case
41.96 KB
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68 - Case SC
42.66 KB
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71 - Case
45.79 KB
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87 - Case L
62.64 KB
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90 - Case C
52.19 KB
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94 - Case
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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Deutz Tractors

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1907-1969
Deutz can trace its history to the Nikolaus Otto, Gottleib Daimler, and the first internal combustion engines. Agricultural machinery production began in 1907. Deutz tractors were very popular in western Europe after World War II. Farmers liked the simple, rugged air-cooled diesel engines. In 1969, Deutz mergered with Fahr, a farm implement manufacturer. The company was purchased by SAME in 1995.



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4 - Deutz F1L
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4a - Specplate
31.80 KB
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52 - Deutz F2M
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52a - Specplate
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81 - Deutz
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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Tractors awaiting attention at Sandstone.

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3 100 - Massey Harris
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101 - Farmall
38.43 KB
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 152 - John Deere 60
26.01 KB
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 153 - Steyr 180
56.35 KB
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154 - Nuffield
35.04 KB
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155 - MAN Acker
37.67 KB
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156 - David Brown
27.79 KB
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157 - Fordson
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158 - John Deere
36.33
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159 Massey Harris
48.61 KB
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161 - Hannomag
44.87 KB
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162 - Fordson
28.23 KB
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163 - Massey Harris
34.53 KB
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164 - John Deere Lanz
28.89 KB
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165 - Fordson
33.07 KB
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166 - Oliver
35.50 KB
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167 - McCormic Deering
31.49 KB
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168 - McCormick Deering
34.20 KB
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169 - Deutz
32.54 KB
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170 - Massey Harris
31.62 KB
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171 - John Deere A
31.83 KB
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172 - John Deere D
24.62 KB
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173 - John Deere D
32.11 KB
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174 - Case
36.81 KB
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175 - John Deere
30.91 KB
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176 - John Deere Lanz
47.07 KB
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178 - John Deere
41.96 KB
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179 - Allis Chalmers
58.77 KB
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180 - Case
50.42 KB
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181 - McCormick Deering
28.61 KB
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182 - Farmall
39.73 KB
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183 - Case
49.18 KB
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184 - McCormick Deering
37.83 KB

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185 - Allis Chalmers
40.00 KB

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186 - Case
23.86 KB
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187 - John Deere 720
42.86 KB
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188 - Farmall
33.07 KB
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189 - John Deere A
39.80 KB
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190 - Massey Harris
38.35 KB
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191 - Farmall
41.47 KB
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192 - Farmall
40.16 KB
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193 - Case
40.71 KB
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194 - Farmall
40.63 KB
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195 - Allgaier
45.10 KB
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196 - Case
44.69 KB
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197 - McCormick Deering
37.01 KB
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198 - Massey Harris
43.93 KB
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199 - Fordson
44.27 KB
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200 - Allis Chalmers
34.96 KB
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201 - Howard
44.68 KB
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203 - Gibson
43.85 KB
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204 - Massey Harris
34.56 KB
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205 - John Deere M
34.30 KB
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206 - Oliver
28.79 KB
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207 - Hanomag
44.26 KB
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208 - Lanz
34.57 KB
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209 - International
38.82 KB
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210 - John Deere
33.62 KB
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213 - Oliver
34.62 KB
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214 - Fordson
37.36 KB
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215 - Massey Harris
35.27 KB
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216 - John Deere
34.66 KB
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217 - Case
32.60 KB
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218 - Fordson Crawler
37.32 KB
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219 - Caterpillar
43.60 KB
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230 - Caterpillar 30
43.37 KB
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231 - Oliver loader
36.29 KB
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233 - Fowler/Field Marshall 34.32 KB
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234 - Fowler/Field Marshall
35.25 KB
     

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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Field Marshall Tractors

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20 - Field Marshall
54.58 KB
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21 - Field Marshall S2
47.52 KB
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22 - Field Marshall
50.14 KB
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24 - Field marshall S2
52.82 KB
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27 - Fowler/FM VF
52.01 KB
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27a - Specplate
24.37 KB
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28 - Fowler/FM VF
46.72 KB
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27 - Fowler/FM VF
52.01 KB
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27a - Specplate
24.37 KB
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50 - Field Marshall S2
43.89 KB
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92 - Field Marshall
31.36 KB
 

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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Fordson Tractors

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02 - Fordson at gate
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26 - Fordson E27N
137.03 KB
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29 - Fordson Major
158.39 KB
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29a - Specplate
98.48 KB
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40 - Fordson Super M
106.14 KB
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46 - Fordson Major
135.42 KB
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57 - Fordson Super Major
140.57 KB
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61 - Fordson
47.88 KB
 

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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Lanz Tractors

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23 - Lanz
51.24 KB

02 41 - Lanz D9506
45.86 KB
03 41 - Specplate
45.51 KB
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 42 - Lanz D9506
37.00 KB
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42 - Specplate
41.06 KB
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43 - Lanz 10266
39.34 KB

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43 - Specplate
30.50 KB

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44 - Lanz D3606
47.07 KB

 

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47 - Lanz
43.29 KB
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59 - Lanz 3606
49.74 KB

1159 - Specplate
36.21 KB

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63 - Lanz D3606
49.61 KB
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63 - Specplate
37.22 KB
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69 - JD Lanz D5006
42.61 KB
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69 - Specplate
32.83 KB
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73 - Lanz D6006
42.07 KB
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83 - Lanz D9506
52.56 KB
 

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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Massey Harris / Ferguson & Massey Ferguson Tractors

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01 1 - MF 65
35.54 KB
02 1 - Specplate
24.81 KB
03 2 - MF 95
41.67 KB
04 5 - Ferguson TED
51.63 KB
05 9 - Massey Harris Pony
60.19 KB
06 82 - Massey Harris 745
50.75 KB
07 151 - Massey Harris
189.09 KB

 

 

 

 

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Tractor inventory December 2005 - Other Tractors at Sandstone (Page 2)

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3 - Nuffield
39.92 KB
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3 - Specplate
12.74 KB
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35 - Allis Chalmers
101.62 KB
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35 - Specplate
66.72 KB
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55 - Nuffield
148.49 KB
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58 - Allis Chalmers
49.39 KB
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60 - Hanomag
44.51 KB
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64 - Hanomag
119.29 KB
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64 - Specplate
58.31 KB
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72 - Hanomag
40.70 KB
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74 - Nuffield
37.43 KB
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75 - Nuffield
48.68 KB
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79 - Oliver
37.38 KB
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97 - Benye
40.50 KB
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97 - Specplate
45.15 KB

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Tractor Restoration Update

Author: Chris Wilson

Two interesting vintage tractors are currently under restoration by Chris Wilson at Lions River, KZN.

The first is a 1924 Waterloo Boy model N, Ser No 30099. This is one of the last to be built before production switched to the John Deere model D; in fact the first production D's serial number was 30401, so one can speculate that only some 300 N's were built after this one.

All in all it is estimated that close to 20 000 N's were built from 1917 to 1924. A few were constructed after the D was in production.
Deere had bought out the Waterloo Gas Engine Co, which built the Waterloo Boy range of tractors, in 1918, giving Deere a strong foothold in the burgeoning tractor market. The D was the first successful JD tractor, and its design was strongly Waterloo. Most notably it inherited the classic 2 cylinder horizontal layout, which was to last with Deere until 1960.

So the Waterloo Boy can truly said to be the forerunner of JD tractors.
The N produces 12 hp at the drawbar & 25 at the belt pulley, operating at 750 RPM. The engine featured relatively modern features such as a water pump & fan for water-cooling and an oil pump for lubrication. Less advanced were the cone clutch & external spur gear final drives.

Forward speeds were 2 1/4 & 3 MPH.

30099 being one of the last produced, it features automotive type steering with an external worm & sector turning the front wheels together via a tie bar. Earlier N's featured a swiveling axle with fixed wheels, steered by means of a chain - a hangover from steam traction days. Sandstone Heritage has one of these types as well.
No other Waterloo Boy is known to have existed in South Africa before these two, although a well-preserved example exists in Zimbabwe, which was imported as new in the early 20's. It is also known that this tractor came South for exhibition at the Rand Agricultural Show in the 1960's.

30099 was imported together with the earlier version mentioned above, recently - in 1997 in fact. Both came from Oscar's Dreamland, Billings Montana, USA, when that huge collection of antique equipment was auctioned off. Sandstone also acquired a Rumely & 2 Emerson's from the same source.
It was complete and nominally a runner, but had not been in action for many years. However it was cleaned up & started to participate in the Great 100 working at Ficksburg in 1999.

Now the time has come to give it the first rate restoration it deserves.
Assessment revealed a healthy engine, but that wear in the transmission & clutch mechanisms and steering was considerable. Wear is also noted on the archaic final drives, but not enough to hinder operation. Having these enormous gears re-cast would be a formidable task indeed!

Apart from that, decades of dirt, grease & neglect had to be overcome.
Work commenced on the front axle, which was stripped & removed. The kingpins swivel in a floating bush, while the wheels do not have any form of bearings - also turning on bushes. These were sent for building up & turning.
Finding someone to undertake this type of work is not always easy as it is usually complicated. Such was the case here as it turns out that the kingpins are composed of one complete casting. Today a kingpin on a tractor has a cast elbow while the spindle, which rotates in the housing, is made of high-grade steel & pressed in to the elbow.
Since the spindle here is a casting the welding process to build it up made the metal extremely hard, and thus the machining had to be undertaken with great care. The cutting tool had to removed & sharpened every minute or so. However experience counts in a situation, and the engineer merely commented that he had found the process interesting, and enjoyed the challenge!

The radiator has returned from a repair, which involved removing the core entirely, as well as repairing the corroded bottom tank. Again the specialist employed appreciates working on antique equipment - most radiator shops would not look at such a job.
The fuel tank was corroded wafer thin at the bottom and has been reinforced. In addition the prominent spherical ends were badly dented, too much for the application of filler, so have had to be cut out, beaten & replaced.
The main transmission shaft & pulley are receiving attention to eliminate wear, while the clutch receives a re-line.

The magneto has been serviced, and found to have a brass cladding under the paint & grime. This has been polished & will be given a coat of clear lacquer. Similarly the carburetor is a substantial brass casting, and will also be polished.
The engine sump was found to be extremely dirty and has been thoroughly cleaned. The sight glass lubricators have been polished and new seals obtained. New plugs are ready to fit. Various & numerous small repairs have been carried out.
Meanwhile the engine & chassis have been stripped of all dirt & loose paint and primed with a high quality etch primer, mudguards & other panels sandblasted & professionally panel beaten and the wheels removed, stripped & primed.

Next step is a thorough sanding and then as soon as the weather (which has been atrocious) permits, the first coat of acrylic JD green applied.

After that comes final assembly & testing!
The second unit under repair is a John Deere model 70 all fuel standard, ser no 7018829, dating from 1955.
The standard configuration gives it a purposeful appearance, while as a worthy successor to the renowned model G, the 70 is capable of some serious work.
Rated at 38.2 hp on the belt, the classic JD 2 cylinder engine has a torque that far exceeds that of many modern tractors.

With a displacement of 376 Cu inches and a 6-speed transmission as well as the option of independent hydraulics & PTO, the 70 were a thoroughly modern tractor.
Today the 70 all fuel standard is rated 5 stars for collectability, as few were built in this combination. This puts it up with the High-crops and even more desirable than a Waterloo Boy, in the eyes of many!

At first glance this unit appeared to be restored, in so much as the paint & decals were relatively fresh, apart from an ugly gash in the bonnet. However when being assessed for the GT 400 it would only run full bat on one cylinder, when it could be coaxed to run at all, and was left as too unreliable.
Subsequently the carb was removed and surprise! - One of the throttle butterflies was missing - no wonder it ran flat out on one cylinder! This was rectified and the tractor did run a whole lot better, but not all that reliably. This together with shabby appearance, poor clutch, brakes & steering prompted a re-build.

Again first priority was the front axle, which was removed & stripped, receiving new kingpins, bushes, centre pin etc. All the steering joints were set up and bearings renewed. All components were well worn, particularly the centre pin which was about 50% worn away!

Next the engine. A growing suspicion developed that the missing butterfly might be lurking in the manifold - after all, who would install a carb without it?
The manifold was removed & revealed nothing. Of course 2 of the bolts sheared off - par for the course - and a full mornings work to drill the studs out ensued!
Since a re-ring was on the cards the head had to come off - and once on the bench out fell the missing butterfly!

Obviously the 2 tiny screws had come loose and the disc had slipped through and been sucked down to the inlet valve where it jammed. It had got just far enough to damage the rim of the valve, but luckily there was enough meat to re-face.
From there on the job was straightforward, and the head is back in place. The carb has been completely re-built, and various controls & linkages repaired.
Meanwhile the rear platform has been stripped and the wide distinctive mudguards and bonnet professionally repaired, while the balance of the tractor has been stripped & cleaned, and primed.