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Tractor & Farm Heritage September 2016 Issue

In the September issue of Tractor & Farm Heritage we discover a neat collection of American Lease Lend tractors now restored and tucked away in a rural corner of Shropshire and Jane Brooks looks back over a century of agricultural development, reform and mechanisation. Pick up your copy today…

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All the latest news in the world of tractors and heritage.

Graham’s Grumbles
The demise of DIY car repairs is the subject of this month’s rant.

Tractor Talk
Your news, views and comments about the veteran, vintage and classic scene.

Putting on the style
We discover a neat collection of American Lease Lend tractors now restored and tucked away in a rural corner of Shropshire.

Turning the air blue
Graham Hampstead tries everything to get the Leyland engine going, then he has to foot the bill.

Next Month
Preview of the October issue of your Tractor & Farming Heritage magazine.

Last Word
Lessons in how to paint (or how not to paint) your tractor from Farmer Brown.


Dexta delight
Moving this Fordson Dexta led to the owner discovering not just prime resto potential but also the childhood memories it held.

Explosive work
Farming in Sussex just after the Second World War could be a tricky business, tractor collector Roger Wheatland tells us why.

It’s a small world
Dave Taylor tries to solve a Universal problem, but inadvertently adds a Nuffield 4/60 to his collection… and more.

Right on track
This Belarus DT 75 crawler tractor provides a glimpse of Soviet agricultural practices over the last half century.


The golden years
In the final part of our series on Ferguson anniversaries we focus on the Grey-Gold FE 35, which is significant for a host of reasons.

The best of British
In the first of a three-part series Jane Brooks looks back over a century of agricultural development, reform and mechanisation.

Best of the bunch
The Fordson Model N produced between 1933 and early 1937 was highly regarded by many farmers, but what made it stand out from the rest.

From the archive
Images that capture a moment in time from our farming heritage.


No smoking allowed
How to stop the annoying problem of a smoking tractor.

The right dosage
The spill timing on a diesel engine is critical to whether the engine will strike up easily or not, Richard Lofting shows us how to check it.


What’s on
Our comprehensive event guide to the rallies, road runs and events over the coming month.

Tractor Events
Reviews and a preview of the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza in August.






Growing old gracefully is a suitable topic for a heritage magazine. There is a tendency for most of us over time to collect things that appeal to us. I was reminded of this recently when I was tasked by my better half to retrieve something from the loft which she was sure had been there for quite some while.

However, the process involved emptying the entire contents of said loft to retrieve the object and then the chore of putting it all back. To be fair, I didn’t realise how many CDs, books, LPs and DVDs I had accumulated. This led to some reminiscing from me and threats of rationalisation or my redundancy from the better half.

Pushed to choose, CDs would be the first to go as books seem to age and grow more appealing with their careworn pages while CDs, especially the cases, just seem to crack and crumble and generally look less appealing. The same is true of vintage tractors and the patina they collect over time which is unique to each one and each bump, dent or scrape tells a story of its life. That carburettor or engine looks like it has been worked on by hand and not just had a new electronic module strapped on like its modern counterparts.

There is an argument for restoring tractors to concours condition, and of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there is also a case for preserving that patina because of the memories that are held within it. Take for example the owner who would flatly refuse to paint over the wing of his tractor as the wear on it was from his father or grandfather who used to rest his arm there while driving it – What do you think?




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Rusty, running or restored how far should this owner go in restoring his Fordson?



Meet the team…


Jo Roberts

Richard Lofting

Ben Phillips




Also thanks to

Bernard Holloway, Dave Taylor, Alan Barnes, Jane Brooks, Peter Longfoot, Graham Hampstead, David Heatley, Jean Brown and Sarah Berry.