From The Chair: No:77 Feb/March 2017

In last year's first magazine we announced the Club's forthcoming independence from Kelsey and how the new arrangement would affect members; this change implemented on 1st April 2016, has been well received.
The effect is that the Club now has, for the first time, its own membership list for which it is responsible.  It is our job to remind members when their subscription falls due and sort out any distribution problems that may arise.  In recognition of this Kelsey pay us the 'commercial' rate as they would to any other selling agent.
This was discussed and approved at our AGM at Tractor World on 28th February and the reasons for it were explained in the Club pages and in an accompanying 'flyer' inserted in the February / March issue.  Although the flyer also detailed what action, if any, you might need to take to remain a Club member there still appears to be some confusion, to clarify.
(i)If you pay your subscription directly to the FFA - then you are a member and need do nothing.
(ii)If your magazine subscription is paid directly to Kelsey, although you will continue to receive the magazine, your membership of the Club will cease at your next renewal unless you change the payment of your subscription from Kelsey to the FFA.
Should you fall into this category and wish to remain a member, then please contact Jane or Keith Broomhall on 01379677866 or  as soon as possible.
(iii)If you subscribe directly to Kelsey and do not wish to be a member - no action is necessary.


The 5000 Mystery Gearbox:

In the last issue I asked if any of you had information about the gearbox in Jonathan Boaz's lovely 1972 Ford 5000.  Hardly had the magazine dropped through the letterbox when I received a call from long time Club member Colin Young from Sussex.  He has owned a 4000 for the last thirty-five years fitted with a similar arrangement.
These reduction gearboxes are genuine Ford equipment and were available in either 10:1 or 5.7:1 versions.  They are a heavy-duty epicyclic reduction gear set that is mounted to the rear of the gearbox and leaves the external dimensions of the tractor unchanged. They were available according to the brochure, kindly provided by Martin Curtin, for a range of models from the 2000 to a 6600 and the 10:1 reduction set gave a speed of 6.8 feet/minute when in first gear at 1000rpm when fitted to a 5000.

A cautionary note about Perkins P6 oil filters:

Some of you will know that I acquired, some years ago, an E27N P6 that was reimported from Australia.  I had fancied one because in the forties, when I was a boy, my father bought a new one to pull a Claas Super Combine. That tractor was sold many years ago but in my memory it remains the bright shiny tractor of my youth and has never been forgotten.  So some sixty years later I bought the one I have now, she needed an extensive rebuild that included a complete strip down; I changed the 4.3 low ratio gearbox for a 7.5 high top one together with the drives for the PTO and hydraulics.
  The rebuild was delayed for a year or so as the early 'thick wall' oversized flanged type of bearings were unavailable, as were replacement water pumps.  Eventually Danny Dovey from Totton came to the rescue with a water pump and in desperation I bought a newer P6, 'ex combine engine' as a temporary replacement until the proper engine could be finished. A hip replacement then interrupted proceedings and when I got back to it the thick wall bearings were available, then sourced from India I believe, so the stopgap engine sat in a barn for some years and was eventually sold.
These days, on modern vehicles, the oil filter is usually a complete unit and is of the 'spin on' type i.e. the housing is an integral part of the filter and the whole piece just screws on thus eliminating the need to replace any sealing joints or element.  You just unscrew the old and spin on the new.  Older tractors were usually fitted with a 'cartridge' design; this comprises a head to which a bowl, containing the replaceable filter cartridge is attached normally with a single bolt securing all the parts together. 
Generally the unfiltered oil flows from the outside of the cartridge inwards thus exposing the greatest surface area of the filter medium to the oil, therefore it is only necessary to place a perforated metal tube in the center of the filter to prevent collapse of the medium and channel the filtered oil on its way.
The TA versions of the P6 fitted to the Fordson Major were fitted with a full flow oil filter that filtered the oil from the centre outwards.  This is the reverse of modern practice.  Perkins used a washable star shaped reinforced element and to prevent the filter 'bursting' the element was further contained within a brass cage. 
Warning a P6 oil filter starting to disintegrate
I spoke to Wayne Davey of Perkins Heritage, an acknowledged expert on these engines. Wayne tells me that the old washable type element was designed to be washed once only before replacement.  This is because the P6 does not have a filter bypass valve and the element would eventually become clogged thus restricting the oil flow to the engine.
He went on to say that many of the modern replacements are not designed for 'reverse' oil flow and so are not suitable and that they should always be contained within the brass cage.  Wayne has had a stock made and is willing to supply members; he may be contacted on 07977 229603 preferably in the evening.
The old pattern elements are still available, originating from India, and I purchased one recently.  It looks fine and came with the felts to seal the ends etc but I have not used it yet. (DiPerk no longer stock them).  However, whatever element is chosen, do check to ensure that it was designed for reverse flow and that it is used with the brass cage.
A P6 in good fettle can easily have an oil pressure of 60 psi when hot and this can rise considerably higher when starting from cold.  Paper elements are just not designed to operate at these pressures and unless contained within the cage will burst.  I found this out the hard way but fortunately discovered my mistake in time before any damage was done.


From around the Country:

Andrew Green from Devon writes:- Our series of winter evenings is well under way and our first evening get-together of the New Year is on Wednesday 25th January when Colin Pearse, a relative of Tom Pearse of " Widecombe Fair" fame is coming to chat to us about Dartmoor and Dartmoor Life. This promises to be a great evening and one not to be missed.  Our final date on March 1st will be another of our Nostalgia nights.  Following on from last year, some of our members used to work for Norringtons who were a strong Ford & Fordson Devon based dealer and we are planning to use this as part of that evening. It should again be a great fun night.
We are starting to plan our own Fordson Centenary events in the South West during 2017.
There have been exciting developments with the Vintage tractor display at the Devon County Show in mid- May and I am delighted that we shall be having a proper parade in the main ring for the first time in many years which will put the importance of tractors and farm machinery right back in the public eye, just where it should be.
We also hope that we shall see special displays at a new 2 day Round Table Rally at Crediton in late June, the Mid Devon Show in late July, Okehampton Show in mid August, Honiton Hill at the end of August and the  Bradworthy.
Ploughing Match on 9/10th September and of course not forgetting the Lee family Charity gas up at Thorverton on 7th May. Please appreciate that all of these are still at the planning stages but I just wanted to keep you all updated of the efforts that are being made to spread the F & F Celebrations countywide.
At this stage, we are rather lacking in spreading this word in the South of the County but we shall have to see if this can be remedied!  All in all, this has all the makings of a busy programme. Do keep in touch with comments, suggestions and ideas -


Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show 

Held on 12 and 13th November: KFD 68 Rod reports - Left Kent at nine and arrived at one, the best journey to date as it normally takes six hours.
Ken with help from Pat Howes and Peter already had one tent up and had the kettle on, we had a quick bite and put the other tent up.  Margaret and Derek arrived so we got set up ready for Saturday.  Our team from Kent arrived, Robert Baseby and Peter with his gas ring and tea stall and bought Robert's narrow Dexta that was one of the Club's nominated entries in the Stevenson Hall, Margaret's industrial N was the other.
Saturday was wet and windy, typical Newark weather.  As I was judging I met the other judges at 9 for regulation chat.  Set off to find tractors and short listed ten out of twenty nine.  Then back to pick the first, second and third, which took me three and a half hours.
Margaret and Derek were busy all weekend with memberships and merchandise sales and lots of members visited for coffee and tea or just a seat down and a chat.
Sunday, the weather was better and I had a look round it was nice to see a good selection of well restored small tractors in the big hall, Fergies, Nuffields, Majors etc.
Robert Baseby's Narrow Dexta
There was a very good 3610 Orchard Model restored to a high standard and a Fordson Dexta with a Ransom trailer.
We were cleared up by four, set off at five thirty and home by eight - a good weekend.


Come and see us in 2017:

Spring Tractor World on 25th and 26th February, Malvern: 
Is the next Club outing, don't forget that it is also the venue for our Annual General Meeting on the Sunday 26th do come if you possibly can.
An AGM is the time that the officers report on the Club's finances and progress over the proceeding year an also when members can put their point of view to the committee. We are planning another great show and hope with your support to build on past success.
Eastern Counties Vintage Show on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
The Club's third show of the year and another show where we shall be inside.  The show is now in its fifth year and with the edition of Mike Curtis to the organizing team it does run more smoothly.  I personally think it a pity that the sale was dropped as sales always add extra interest besides bringing in more people.  It is an excellent site that never seems to attract as many visitors as it deserves, there are always interesting exhibits with plenty to see.
The Tractor Fest to be held at Newby Hall on the 10th and 11th of June: 
A Yorkshire show not to be missed. Many of you will have been before as the Club has staged two Expos there and this year's feature is the  celebration of one hundred years of Ford and Fordson tractors. We have agreed to sponsor the display and I'm very pleased to say that it is planned to show all the tractors in date order regardless of Club membership, it's the tractors and the people one meets at these events that matters!
Kevin Watson, the tractor steward has already assembled an impressive line up of tractors spanning the years 1917 to 2017.  Kevin is also looking for proprietary conversions based on the Ford and Fordson tractors and has some exciting ideas to enhance the display.
  For entry forms go to What's Going On / 2017 Calendar on Our website - FFA Members please make sure you tick the "Ford & Fordson Tick Box" in the Entry Form.
Closing Entry Date is 1st May 2017 and we All look forward meeting up with you there.
For More event information go to Facebook
or email Kevin on 
The Great Dorset Steam Fair on 24th to 28th August: 
At this year's Fair the Club is featuring a showcase celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the launch of the Fordson Model F tractor. Production commenced in 1917 at Ford's Dearborn plant but was transferred to the Rouge plant in 1920 where it continued until early 1928. There was also limited production at Cork in Ireland between 1919 and 1922, in all some 750,000 tractors were produced.
Although the first tractor was not built until October 1917 in January of that year the British Ministry of Munitions had ordered 5000 tractors to deal with the chronic food shortages at home due to the German blockade and the lack of men and horses to work the land.
Members have already offered to bring tractors so we are sure of mounting a comprehensive display of this truly iconic tractor and will have some really interesting examples on show.  However if you wish to bring your F and have not yet contacted us please do so as soon as you can. The number of entries is limited, due to lack of space, but variety is, as they say the spice of life and it would be marvelous to have one tractor from each year of production or perhaps fitted with one of the many after market "accessories" that were produced for it.  Please give me a call if you are interested.
The Ford & Fordson Website: 
This is the time of year when you decide which events you are going to.  Do remember to keep an eye on the Club website for the pick of this year's action
Ernie does a splendid job but he needs your help, please send him details of anything you think will interest other members.  He needs details of forthcoming events, for example when and where they are to be held, and how to enter plus a brief note of what to expect.
He also welcomes reports and photos of shows you have been to so please contact him by email: Ernie
 If your favorite event does not appear on the site don't blame Ernie look a bit closer to home!
Committee member Ken Bailey provided the brides wedding carriage:
 Several of you will know this site situated to the east of Earls Colne as it has been home to the North Essex Tractor Club's Aldham Rally for some years.
Laura Baster and Steven Parker got married on Saturday 16th July 2016 at the Chalky Water meadows, Essex. The Wedding had a festival theme and took place in three giant Tipis and the surrounding meadows. They were very lucky with the weather as it was the first summer weekend of 2016. 
The bride was driven to the wedding by Ken Bailey with his Ford 2000.  After the wedding Ken kindly gave joyrides to guests around the meadow.
On a positive note:
These day's when nearly every story press about young people is negative it is good to be able to share a positive one. 
Katie was close to her grandfather, John Bates who tragically died from cancer in 2014 and she felt she had to help future sufferers in his memory.
A sponsored Walk for Life by Katie Sanders (aged 13) raised £320 for Cancer Research UK, with the help of the Ford and Fordson members at the Kent County Show at Dettling this year.
She would like to thank everyone for his or her support in helping her to raise this magnificent sum.  She is pictured here on Brian Lewis's Fordson tractor after she finished the event displaying the medals she received. 
A couple of issues back I said that it was time to get back in the shed, in fact I predicted that for me 'Shed Time' would be from my return from Newark at least until Tractor World at the end of February.  That sounded really good; but now back to the real world.  Sue and I didn't go to Newark, because we had a touch of the dreaded 'lergy' like so many others; then there were the Club pages to compile; next week a trip to Germany, for a son's birthday and to see our grand daughter.  If you blink they've grown up and you've missed it.  Christmas and the New Year are next.  Then in January we're off to the Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show, which I'm really looking forward to.  When I sit down to write again in February I'll let you know if I ever got there, why does the phrase "Stupid Boy" keep revolving in my head?