In The ChairNo:73 - July 2016
Tractor World Show 2016:
The Tractor World Show at Malvern's Three Counties Show Ground, the opener for the rally season, was held earlier this year, on 27th and 28th of February, and fortunately the weather was not too cold and thankfully dry.
The show was larger than in previous years as the Severn Hall was included as an additional indoor venue. On the plus side this allowed more space to better display exhibits throughout all the other halls but also necessitated more walking. There was, for the first time, a commercial vehicle display. However, unfortunately the Wye Hall, where we were located, was still uninsulated but, hopefully, next year this work will have been completed to everyone's benefit.
The Club's stand was awarded the prize for "Tractor World Best National Club Display Winner" for the second consecutive year and was, I thought, our best display at the show to date.
These events do require a lot of effort to make them successful and without the hard work of members both to build and man the stand and to bring their tractors they just would not happen.
A vote of thanks is due to all those who exhibited or helped put on the Club's display; it is all done at their own expense.
We were fortunate to have Jonathan Boaz's lovely Fordson N that, interestingly, had the names of land army girls who had driven the tractor during the war years scratched on the block; he is trying to trace them or their relatives. It was deservedly the winner of the prize for "The best original tractor in the show"
It was in the centre of Peter Nutley's excellent wartime display that was judged by members to be our best exhibit.
Members also picked Chris Tranter's County Super 6 as the tractor they would like to take home and John Bufton's Roadless Ploughmaster 80 as the best unrestored.
The Clubs Annual General Meeting was held at midday on Sunday in the Friesian Hall. The accounts were presented by Jane Broomhall our Treasurer, they were unanimously approved and a copy of them is available on the Club's website together with Treasurer and Chairman reports and the minutes of the meeting. If any member without access to the internet would like a copy I would be pleased to send them one on request if I receive a large self addressed stamped envelope.
There was plenty to see and talk about, Tom Falconer's 'working' 4000 cut away drew a steady crowd of admirers, Tom has done a lot of work to it since last year and it is now very smart, even if it does still squeak.
Tim Pearaman's FW 30 is a serious piece of kit and was certainly imposing standing at the top of the ramp into the hall. There was the very interesting American Ford N fitted with a P3 belonging to William Evans and there are not many of these about, actually this is the only one I have ever seen. Nick Bryne's very smart N industrial was on display and many others. However it was surprising that this year we did not have a single E27N nor an F but more 1000 series tractors than usual, is this a sign of things to come?
On a sad note I have to report that Gordon Saunders from Powick died on 11th February. Gordon was seventy-eight and a regular exhibitor at Tractor World. Many of you will recall him fondly and his NP Super Major that had clocked up over 11,000 hours working in his contracting business and was subsequently lovingly restored.
He always bought a carpet to stand it on adorned with pot plants and was a previous Club winner of Best in Show.
From Around the Country:
Isle of Wight Classic Tractors Working Day 2016
David Lemonius writes: the Annual Working day was held on 12th March at Mottistone Manor Farm by kind permission of Todd and Jackie Carder.
The weather had been kind over the previous couple of weeks with the ground drying out well. However, three days before the event we had an inch of rain which put the running of the working day in the balance. Fortunately, we then had a lot of sun and a good drying wind so it was all systems go.
Some 23 entrants came to support us the event is now in its eighth year. A good contingent of Massey Ferguson 35s, Ford 4000s, Fordson including an N and an E27N, 4 and 6 cyl Majors, Roadless 75, and for the first time two John Deeres were amongst the fleet. A JCB Fastrac was sporting a 5 furrow reversible plough which proved plenty enough in the trying conditions. Again it was good to see more of the younger generation getting involved.
A good day was had by all which also provided the opportunity for "networking" after a long wet winter.
Due the generosity of participants some £250 was raised towards the funds of the Children's Ward at St. Mary's Hospital in Newport.
Andrew Green from Devon writes: - I will begin by mentioning the recent Malvern tractor world event. As FFA members, you will be pleased to hear that the FFA received another award for the second year running as the Best National Club stand in the Show and deservedly so' as
it was indeed a very welcoming and friendly place to be.
On the Sunday, the AGM was held in an adjoining hall and it was reported that this was another very satisfactory year for the Club. I would like to give credit to our Chairman and all the Committee for all their hard work, commitment and dedication in achieving this - brilliant!
The National tractor road run has now taken place in Devon and what a great success it turned out to be. Despite problems with last minute changes to the route and rather poor weather (it was late March!), the organising Committee are to be congratulated on staging a great event with 679 tractors entered which is the second largest entry in its 29 year history.
Three local charities will benefit to the order of £10K - a fantastic achievement! A very big well done and thank you to all concerned.!
Finally, the Show season is looming up and some of the local FFA boys will be present at our own County Show which runs from 19th to 21st May. The Show has really re-established itself as an enjoyable event and worthy of a visit. So, if you are attending or going, please be sure to drop by the tractor area near the livestock area and say hello. And for those of you in the Mid Devon area, please do come to my own local village show at Coldridge on 2nd July.
Kent Heritage Transport Show 2016
The Heritage Transport Show was held on Saturday 2nd April on the Kent showground, Rodney Gibson reports a busy day meeting members and serving refreshments.
There were eleven tractors on the stand, which is a good turn out for a one day event and fortunately the weather was kind. Two particularly interesting exhibits were the 1916 Ford Model T Pulford tractor conversion, now running well, that was part of last year's FFA display at the Gt Dorset Steam Fair and a one ton Ford pick up truck of 1947 vintage fitted with the much rarer six-cylinder engine.
Exhibits were judged in the usual way and the award for Best in Show, which came from Westerham, was won by Graham Hall's E27N fitted with a P6 engine.
The best unrestored was awarded to Philip Broad's Ford 2000 from Seven Oakes and the Pulford conversion owned by Nick Hanks from Canterbury was the one the judges would most liked to take home.
An interesting show but requiring a lot of work for just one day and the lack of camping does deter exhibitors from further afield attending.
Eastern Counties Vintage
Show held on 9th and 10th April on the Norfolk Showground, Keith Broomhall writes: This was the second outing for our new collapsible marquees, first used at Tractor World, Malvern, and with our attached banners, certainly gave our Club stand a presence.
Members provided the stand with a varied selection of Ford and Fordsons; the centre piece being a display of E27N's. We had a TVO version, a P6, a D270 conversion and a P6 crawler and very nice they looked, but then they are my favorite tractor. Philip Warren displayed his County Super 6 and 4 in the concourse section. I particularly like these two as they have, in my opinion, the right colour grey! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The Show also had displays of trucks, military vehicles, classic cars, heavy horses, tractor pulling, stationary engines and some very rare vintage cars. In the latter section the sight of Roger Desborough's super charged Bentley was truly amazing, the workmanship of the restoration had to be seen to be believed.
Annie Chapman arranged for a display of Pink Ladies' tractors; this year sees the 13th annual road run and fundraising could, with everyone's donations, exceed the half million mark.
In all the Show is the eastern region's highlight and whilst the disappointing weather on Saturday limited attendance it didn't dampen anyone's enthusiasm and Sunday's sunshine more than compensated.
The rally season is now well under way and many of you will have already entered your favourite events. I always try to take in one or two that are new to me each year as variety is the spice of life it is good to see something fresh and meet new people. This means that sometimes a favourite rally must be missed but that, in my view, is a price worth paying. A problem is that at some rallies if a year is missed it is difficult to get back in. I have to say that I think this is a very short sighted policy as it is just as much in the organisers' interests to ring the changes as in ours.
Roger Ingham will be at Newby Hall on 11th and 12th June.June11 & 12 if you haven't entered yet do so NOW and remember to mark Ford & Fordson on your entry.
There is still time to enter an exhibit for Journey Through the Ages, at Palgrave on 18th and 19th June.
Long Melford follows held on 2nd and 3rd July but entries close on 30th May.
Rodney Gibson will be at the Kent County Show on 8th and 10th July
FFA's EXPO at Woodcote near Reading is on 9th and 10th July but entries for this have now closed.
Conrad will be at Cambridge Steam Fair at Stow-cum-Quy on 23rd and 24th July.
The Club's 'family' weekend courtesy of Tim Pearman on August 6th and 7th entry forms can be downloaded from the website; and this will be a really memorable event and is strongly recommended.
South Cerney, last year's Expo venue, is also during the weekend of 5th to 7th, where David and Kenneth Ford will ably representing the Club.
Driffield is on 13th and 14th August
FFA Dutch ploughing match is on Saturday August 20th.
Great Dorset, which is earlier this year, takes place from 25th to 29th, and rounds off the month; of course you will find Margaret and Derek in the static tractor area as usual.
Keith and Jane will attend Onslow Park which coincides with Dorset.
September heralds a veritable ploughing bonanza, the First World Vintage Ploughing Championships incorporating the 66th British National Championships are to be held from the 8th to 11th September at Crockey Hill near York. Roger has arranged for the FFA to have a stand there that will have members' tractors on display. It's a busy month for Roger as the FFA Northern Area Championships will be held at Towton on 25th September courtesy of Hartley Farms, for further details on either event contact Roger Ingham on 07910 272757 or 01937 531532.
In the Southern area match and fun day will be held at Rixs Farm Langham 5th and 6th September followed by The Southern Area Championships to be held at Fornham St Martin near Bury St Edmunds on 1st and 2nd October by kind invitation of Henry Castle of The Ferguson Club.
Tractor World Autumn Show on 8th and 9th October, at the Newbury Show ground, this is a new show and Sue and I will be there and , we look forward to seeing you. Finally, traditionally the Club's rally swan song will again be at Newark on 11th and 12th November.
Please go to the FFA website for more information on these and many other events where you will find useful links and, where possible, downloadable entry forms.
Looking forward to 2017, this is the centenary year of the Fordson F and we are looking for tractors for Gt Dorset and also for a special display at Tractor World. The committee is also seeking suggestions for the venue for the Club's Expo.
A Note about Tractor Restorations and Restorers - Part 2:
( Part 1 in previous "In the Chair" No:72 )
Now its home the work can begin but before starting a decision must first be made as to what standard of restoration is desired. This will largely depend on the use envisaged, basically, there are four choices listed under the broad headings below:
To Concourse standard:
A better finish than when new, often entailing filling the castings to remove any roughness and ending with a very high gloss finish. Sometimes there is little interest in the actual mechanical soundness, as the tractor will never be used in anger although in truth to achieve true concourse status it should also be mechanically perfect.
To 'As New' condition:
The aim here is to return the machine to the condition that it was in when it rolled off the production line. Again it should be mechanically sound, with paint colours correct and painted as it would have been, i.e. not 'over finished' or embellished by for example painting the grills a non standard colour.
This finish is becoming more popular, the idea is to preserve the tractor as it was when it 'retired'. It will not be painted but it should be mechanically sound and is usually 'as it was produced', protection to the tinwork to prevent rusting is by the use of an oily rag or by spraying with a rust inhibitor. There are, as always, varying views, for example, must it be returned to the original specification or should modifications fitted during it was working be retained?
If the tractor is to be for work it will normally be left much as it was when found but will receive routine servicing and any running repairs required to restore it to good working order. The paint work may be 'touched up' but the aim is to maintain a working tool rather than a 'museum' piece.
In practice, of course, a restorer will often not pick one of these but will often combine part of the aims of two or more depending on their personal preference and intended use. They may decide to fit a completely different engine or paint it pink or some totally non standard colour of their choice. It is their tractor and it is entirely up to them!
For our purposes it is assumed that the restorer intends to actually undertake some if not all the work themselves with some assistance at times. Do remember that tractors are heavy and that if major work is envisaged safe lifting equipment is essential. Much, in a farming environment, can be achieved with the aid of a level concrete floor, a copious supply of wooden blocks and a good trolley jack. A forklift can be a real bonus if one is available but frankly an engine crane is better and safer, these can often be hired or borrowed.
Information, as with almost everything else in life is of prime importance. If any serious mechanical work is envisaged it is always worth acquiring a workshop manual and, access to some good quality tools will be required (Do make sure that the correct type is available - tractors may have Whitworth, American or Metric sized nuts and bolts and in a few cases a combination of these from new not fitted when something fell off during its working life. The wrong type of spanner will not fit and is positively dangerous to use). Expert advice often saves hours of work and not inconsiderable expense and the easiest way to find this is by joining the tractor club most suited to the make and model chosen.