Old tractors restored to life

By Country News

The feature tractor make at this year’s Quambatook Heritage Working Machinery Association’s Harvest Days will be Ferguson and will include Massey Ferguson and Massey Harris.

The association has two examples of the brand, which were restored by late member Keith Elliott and will be on display.

The Harvest Days will see the return of the vintage tractor-pull as well as working demonstrations of strippers, harvesters, headers and winnowing.

The association’s latest acquisition, a Minneapolis Moline (or Twin City) tractor — a 39hp model GTB built in 1947 — will also be on display.

‘‘It took us two days to scrape the oil and dirt off,’’ club member Ian ‘Darby’ Munro, who has been leading the restoration project, said.

‘‘The engine was seized when we got it but after pouring diesel in the cylinders, then gently rocking the tractor back and forward with the Twin City in top gear, the motor freed up.

‘‘The radiator was removed and flushed out. When it was replaced there was a small leak, so I used the old bush remedy of tipping in half a cup of pepper and it worked. The leak stopped.

‘‘Other jobs have included replacing one front tyre with a new one, fixing fuel lines, it has been rewired and had a general tidy up.

‘‘The tractor has done a lot of work but it’s come up pretty well. It was a good buy.’’

■Quambatook Heritage Working Machinery Association’s Harvest Days will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, with gates open from 11am to 6pm.

■On the Sunday, events will be preceded by an exhibitors’ breakfast from 8am and a thanksgiving service from 9am.

■The event will be fully catered and entry is $10 except for exhibitors, who can gain free entry. Tickets can be purchased at the gate of the Meering Rd, Quambatook site.