From The Chair for Issue

79 June/July 2017

It was good to see so many of you at the Spring Tractor World Show held on 25 and 26 February at Malvern and the weather was about the warmest that I can remember, a real bonus.  I am pleased to say that the show was very busy and despite the threat of storm Doris plus, in my view, the rather over the top warnings of damaging gale force winds, it had little affect either on exhibitors or on the public's attendance, we are built of sterner stuff.  I was disappointed that after the upheaval caused last year by the re-roofing of the Wye Hall the new cladding, although looking smarter, is not insulated as we had been led to believe, so don't leave your coats at home next year.
The Club had an excellent display of tractors. Jonathan Boaz's splendid 1929 Standard Fordson fitted with a Trackson D crawler conversion coupled to an Adams No 2 Patrol road grader, greeted the public to the stand and won the Club's award for the best unrestored tractor.
Other gems on show was a line up of Fordson F's that included Edwin Hughes's model of 1919 that won the award for our judge's favourite. Tim Pearman's three mighty Muir Hills certainly made an impressive group and Tony Wyslocky's wonderfully restored Ford 3000 4WD was the Club's choice for best in show.
Ford & Fordson Association was awarded the First Prize for the best Club stand at the show for the third year running. 
Make no mistake, it's the members who are responsible for this success, the award is earned by the excellent range and quality of the tractors they bring to the show and the hard work that we all put in to create the display.  We claim to be a Club run by the members for the members and there can surely be no clearer proof that this is the case.
On the Sunday the Club's Annual General Meeting was held in the Friesian Hall, a little later than planned due to the main show's prize giving.  It is the third year that the AGM has been held at the show and the reports given at the meeting are available to view on our website including the accounts for the year which, I'm pleased to say are in a very healthy state.  The Committee's hard work over the last four years or so have put the Club into a sound financial position.  Other business conducted was the re-election of retiring committee members and we are delighted to welcome Lin Prince and Peter Mitchem to the committee.   Some minor changes to the Club's Constitution were required as a result of the changes approved at last year's AGM, due to the altered relationship with Kelsey Publishing. They were approved and the amended document may also be viewed on the website.


From around the Country:

Kent Heritage Transport Show 2017: This Superb event was held on Saturday 1st April.  As previously said "This event is getting bigger and more popular with exhibitors of local car, motorbike, model railway, trucks and tractor clubs.
Of course, the great variety of buses here each year, taking passengers for free rides around the County Showground's vast area, was really good fun not only for the kids but us as well.
There was a constant flow of enthusiasts coming in through the gate all day, right up to closing time.
Closing time for me is one of the best times as you can see the vehicles being driven off home with big grins on their owners' faces.  On the FFA stand we were able to have a "Fantastic F Display", which marked the Centenary of this Fordson model off to a T or should I say F???
Another fantastic Fordson display organised by our FFA Kent Area Representatives - Rodney & Wendy Gibson together with the help of Ian & Lin Prince.

Andrew Green from Devon writes: By the time this drops through your letterboxes, we shall be in the middle of the Devon County Show. We are working with the organisers to try and ensure that we have as diverse a display of Ford and Fordson tractors as possible within the space constraints at Westpoint.
We shall not be able to match the fantastic display that was organised by Nick Bryne and his team at the Somerset Show in January, and I would just like to add my congratulations to them for a brilliant Show and for raising about £8K for charity -what a wonderful achievement!
Talking about achievements, I would just like to say what a great job Pat Pawsey and the FFA team did at Tractor World at Malvern and how totally justified to win the best Club Stand in Show for the third year running.......
"Proud to Belong!"
Moving forward, we are hoping to organise a local get-together of Ford and Fordsons to celebrate our Centenary in Mid Devon in late June. Please do get in touch for more details. We have run a similar event around New Year for the last couple of years but we thought we would try later on this year when hopefully the weather may be better.
We are also hoping to have a special F and F event at the Mid Devon Show in Tiverton, loosely based on the East Devon area, on the 22nd of July. This is subject to confirmation, but I am reliably informed that there should be a main ring parade this year which will be great. Similarly, we hope to have a comparable event at the Okehampton Show on 10th August, which loosely represents the West Devon area. Another date for your diaries is the Honiton Hill Rally on 28th August at Smeatharpe Airfield, which is also hoping to run a special F and F event. This date does coincide with the Great Dorset Steam Fair, which runs this year from 24th to 28th August, at which the FFA stand are hoping to display around 30 Fordson F's, but hopefully the two events will successfully overlap.
Well, that's all for now. Do keep in touch, Andrew Green - FFA Devon Area representative


2017 Ploughing Matches

Gerard Schoenmakers will be holding the Dutch Annual Ploughing Match this year on Saturday 2nd September by kind permission of Mr Jan van der Spoel at Vorenkampsweg  9488 TG  Zeijerveld.
For details contact Gerard Schoenmakers 
or telephone 0031 6 29503792.
The Yeovil Ploughing Match and National will be held on Saturday 30th September at Stone Farm, Stone Lane, Yeovil, Somerset and will be well sign posted!
Fred Anthony writes "this is our 75th match and we are hoping to do something special on the day (I've booked the weather)".  FFA members are invited to attend and, if sufficient interest is shown, special FFA ploughing classes will be organised. If not, they can join our ploughmen/women in their classes and be judged for the national at the same time.  For further details contact Fred Anthony 07768 377612 or James Poole 07815 118279.
The Fairford, Faringdon, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Society's Annual Match will be held at Southrop, Lechlade, Gloustershire, GL7 3EA on Saturday 30th September. They have a mounted plough class for Ford and Fordson tractors manufactured before 1976 without a safety cab. Anyone interested in taking part should contact: Bob Jeffrey telephone him on 01451833636 or Megan Saunders @
Southern Area FFA Ploughing Match is on 7th and 8th October at Hall Farm, Fornham St. Martin, by kind invitation of Henry Castle of the Ferguson Club. For details contact Ken Bailey 07702 202311 or Henry Castle 01824 728422. 
The Northern Area FFA Ploughing Championship will be on the 15th October. Roger Ingham our Northern Director advises that the FFA has been invited by the Barton Upon Humber Ploughing Society, to hold their annual ploughing match alongside their 40th ploughing match.
  The match is to be held at Northwold Farm, Worlaby by kind permission of the Godfrey family, so do come along and help them celebrate in style. Roger says this 40th anniversary ploughing match is a real milestone for a very successful and friendly club.  For more information and entry forms contact Martin Peacock on 07566 211011 or speak to Roger Ingham on 01937 531532.
 The 67th British Ploughing Championships are on 14th and 15th October at Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton, Somerset, by kind permission of Ken Coles and family. Qualifying will be either at the Yeovil Ploughing Match (details above) unless previously qualified elsewhere.  For further details contact Fred Anthony 07768 377612 or James Poole 07815 118279.


Come and see us in 2017: 

Below is a brief list of some of the events at which your Club will be attending; do come and see us.  For full details and entry forms please see our website.
Dorset Extra: Kelsey publishing Ltd have acquired 'Old Glory' magazine and are sponsors of The Great Dorset Steam Fair.  Their main thrust will be at the Old Glory marquee but they will also have a stand by the Static tractor area.  As you know the FFA is putting on a special showcase of Fordson F's at this year's event but we have been asked to provide additional tractors for Kelsey's stand which will be across the road directly opposite us.  The aim is show Ford and Fordson tractors from the earliest days right up to the New Holland tractors of today. I hope that the display will include derivatives such as County, Roadless and Muir Hill and examples from each decade of production.  Space will be limited so if you would like to exhibit please contact Pat Pawsey or telephone (before 9pm) 01787 277316
or Paul Appleton of Kelsey Publishing as soon a possible.
Devon County Show May 18th to 20th at Westpoint near Exeter
Tractor Fest to be held at Newby Hall, near Ripon on 10th and 11th of June
Journey Through the Ages at Goodrich Park,Palgrave on 17th and 18th June
Farm Machinery Preservation Society Rally at Long Melford 2nd and 3rd July
Kent County Show & Heritage Section -  7th - 9th July 2017 - Kent Showground, Detling
The Cambridgeshire Steam Rally - now held on the new site at Stow-Cum-Quy 22nd and 23rd July
Dacorum Steam & Country Fair - held on 29th and 30th July at Potten End, Nr Hemel Hempstead.  John Worley says that a separate section for us is being considered, entry forms from K Elding, 59 Pulleys Lane, Hemel Hempstead HP1 2PL 07557237140.
Welland Steam & Country Rally - from 28th to 30th July at Woodside Farm, Welland.
Starting Handle Club's Summer Show 12th and 13th August at Marsham, Norfolk
Ford and Fordson will be the main feature at this Summer Rally. Always an interesting and fun weekend with extensive tractor displays, harvesting demonstrations, tractor pulling and much more. Help us to make this a truly special weekend by entering your tractors.
Keith on 01379 677866 for more information.
Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair - 19th and 20th August. Beech Lane Field, Beach Lane, Biddenden


Members Letters:

We continue our trial section for member's letters, do let us know if you like this idea.
Dear Patrick,
While reading the January/February issue I found your comments about the twelve speed 5000 interesting.  It sounds like the third position of the high - low gear lever is a creep speed.  This stirred up a few memories for me.
From 1975 to 83 I was working for the Ford and New Holland dealer George Oakley at their branch in Market Drayton, Shropshire.  During that time, possibly 1979 to 80, we sold a number of tractors to a company called Spotacre Nurseries near Stone in Staffordshire; they were 3600 and 4600 models and were fitted with creep speed gearboxes.
These were a dealer fitted kit, on PDI (pre-delivery inspection) we had to remove cabs and split the tractors at the rear of the gearbox and remove the standard high - low gears, we then fitted creep speed kit in its place and everything was reassembled.  On the 3600 there was an extra item that had to be modified.  The splined tube that connects the gearbox output shaft to the differential pinion had to be shortened.  This was achieved using a cutting disc.
I still have a cut off piece; I welded it to a tube to make a useful tool.  When rebuilding gearboxes right up to the 40 series I used this on the gearbox output shaft to spin it to check gear selection.
One other point customers were advised, when using the creep speed, to select neutral before stopping the engine otherwise it might subsequently be difficult to disengage and, of course, the tractor could not be restarted because of the safety switch on the gear leaver.
George Oakley closed the Market Drayton depot when it took over the Shifnal and Welshpool sites of Reginald Tildsley in 1983, but that's another story.
Hope this is of interest to you.
Yours Martin Shelley



I had a touch of déjà vu last week, back in the 70's I upgraded my feed milling arrangements and added a Simon Barren MM 30 pelleting plant complete with steam boiler. 
I contacted Eastern Electricity as it was then for an increased three phase supply.  They agreed to do the work but the cost of 'my contribution' for the new line coupled with the standing charges made the venture uneconomic, so I built a generator using a reconditioned Gardiner 6LXB engine and new 150 KVA Froment alternator.
I still have several three phase pieces of kit but now only a single phase supply, however there is a three phase transformer some fifty meters from my shed and rather than go to the expense of changing the motors to single phase it seemed sensible to approached Eon and ask for a quote.  I should have known better and am now looking for another generator !