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NEW – In 1963 the last Nuffield 4/60 built at Ward End in Birmingham came off the production line. Its chassis number was T41481. It’s thought it was exported to Australia. Does anyone know of its whereabouts and whether it’s still in existence? Any information should be sent to the email address above.
In the ‘Link’ section a supplier of Nuffield and Leyland parts, both new and used, for the USA has been added.
Also in the news section – John Poulter is looking for information on three prototype Mini or Nuffield 4/25 tractors.
Leyland 154 Tractor with front loader and backhoe
During the 1970’s Leyland 154 tractors became very popular in Australia, this was due to their compact size and versatility. Many were fitted out with a heavy duty front end loader, backhoe and crankshaft oil pump. It may seem strange that a small tractor like the 154 should be fitted out in this way. The answer lies in its compact size and light weight, they were used to dig out swimming pools which were becoming increasingly popular. But why the 154? Due to its size and weight it could be lifted by crane over the top of houses into the back yard where the pool was to be located. When the hole was dug out the tractor was simply lifted out and taken to the next job.
The picture shows a typical 154 in highway yellow livery. Even today Leyland 154’s in Australia are in high demand and attract top Dollar!
Despite all the recent heavy rain and floods the Tractor World Show at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern went ahead as planned. It turned out to be a very successful show for the Nuffield and Leyland Tractor Club. Over the two days the club stand was very busy with visitors renewing old acquaintances, meeting new friends, buying club merchandise and getting answers to technical questions.
For fourteen years John Poulter has been involved with the restoration and building of many of the Nuffield/Leyland small tractor range since buying his first BMC Mini 9/16 in 1999 after a meeting with the Nuffield Club founder, the late John Harlow. Like many tractor enthusiasts, his passion on occasions became obsessive and in recent years directed towards the prototype tractor that became the BMC Mini 9/16 which was designed and built by Harry Fergusons’ Tractor Research Company in Coventry. From reading about the first prototype, called the Tractor Research Mk 1 and registered 495 EUE, the author has managed to locate nine of the original fifteen tractors and been responsible for the restoration of three, two of which now reside in his collection. This book is the story of the search for the tractors and a technical appraisal of the original design and its development into the BMC Mini 9/16 which was launched to the public in December 1965.
The second edition to be published at the end of January 2014 has an extra 30 pages and takes the involvement of Tractor Research into their development of the Nuffield 425, launched to the public in December 1968.
The book is soft back with 105 pages, printed in full colour and packed with photos, some taken during the early field trials in 1962 to 1964.
Copies at £14.50 will be available through the Nuffield and Leyland Tractor Club, the Club Stand at Tractor World, Malvern in March, or direct from the author: phone 07941 890062 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show
The Nuffield and Leyland Tractor Club set up its stand at the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show on the 9th and 10th of November.
The two day show was judged very successful with existing and new club members dropping by to ask questions and seek advice. The interest in Nuffield and Leyland Tractors continues to attract a huge number of enthusiasts, even those whose first allegiance lies elsewhere! The stand was kept busy all weekend.
The event is becoming an annual get-together for ‘Old’ Nuffield and Leyland colleagues to meet and exchange memories and stories from the past, this year eight ‘Members’ attended.
The trophy for the best ‘Nuffield’ on the club stand was deservedly won by Mr A. Dickinson from Lancashire with his magnificently restored DM4. The tractor took 17 years to renovate and is a credit to its owner.
The second award for best ‘Leyland’ on the club stand was won by Mr Andrew Mears with his superb Leyland 154.
THE GREAT DORSET STEAM FAIR 2013
This years theme was “Leyland and Marshall Tractors” – The Nuffield and Leyland Tractor Club organised a varied selection of tractors along with a display of pictures, history boards and a Leyland 344 cut-away tractor owned by John Charnley & Sons of Chorley. A very rare JWD494 Fieldmaster was brought to the show by Mervyn Price of Llandrindod Wells.
The Dorset Steam Fair is the largest event of its kind, covering 600 acres of land and averaged 50,000 visitors over the 5 days of the show. The weather remained excellent over the whole time, although the dust was a problem getting into and onto everything. Every day all the static tractors displayed were driven around the parade ring adding to the dust! A record number of 120 steam engines, of all descriptions, were on show.
The club stand was kept busy with technical inquiries, memorabilia sales, cups of tea, new members joining the club, existing members renewing, generally getting to know new friends and welcoming back old ones. We had visitors to the stand from Canada, Finland, New Zealand and the USA all looking for information on the tractors.
This very rare JWD was one of only 15 built. The late John Charnley bought the manufacturing rights from Marshall Tractors along with many spare parts. The colour of BMC Vermilion was chosen to represent the old Nuffield colour. Perkins engines were used due to the non availability of any Leyland engines. The last Marshall tractors also used Perkins engines.
Included in the display were Turkish built 302s and a Yugoslavian IMT based on the MF 135, this tractor was imported as a ‘Skid’ unit, fitted with UK sourced panel work and badged as a Marshall 132.
Nuffield 3/45 from Sweden.
Tommy Westman, from Sweden, bought his Nuffield 3/45 in August 2012, its had four previous owners and was originally registered on the 30th of November 1970. The “Tipp Topp” Swedish cab was made by Hambergs Bil & Mek, and the front end loader is a Swedish Källve model. The cab and front end loader have been on the tractor since new,
The tractor is in good running condition and is in daily use. Tommy has restored the electric system so that all the lamps, gauges, direction indicators and the windscreen wiper are now working. To bring the cab up to scratch a new roof was sourced and fitted.
When Tommy bought the 3/45 it had only about 4600 hours on the clock! The previous owner had died in 1991 and the tractor was laid up for the next 21years.
This winter the Nuffield was used for snow clearance work and in the forest to bring home wood and logs for the fire. Tommy also uses it to deliver hay to his horses. In a Swedish Tractor book Tommy read that the 3/45 and 4/65 versions of Nuffield didn’t sell very well! Journalists and Farmers stated that the Nuffield was badly constructed! Tommy doesn’t agree with that, the only thing he misses with his Nuffield is the lack of power steering! When he uses the front loader for moving snow the steering gets very heavy and it takes a lot of muscle to steer it.
Although there aren’t many Nuffield Tractors in Sweden this is Tommy’s first one, he had a BM 35 (Bolinder Munktell) 1952 diesel before it. Other tractors that he has owned were a Volvo T22 1949 with a kerosene engine, a MAN Ackerdiesel and a German built Farmall restoration project, he has now sold them all leaving the Nuffield as his only tractor.
The Nuffield Universal Four with reversed drive is located about 40km from Tommy’s home, nothing is known about it but it is in good condition and appears to be in use for clearing snow.
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This very rare picture has been unearthed from the archives and show a Nuffield tractor converted to a Crawler by Cantatore of Italy, it’s probably from 1961.
Here are some new pictures from the archives of the BMHIT, they show a brief history of the Bathgate Tractor production facility from 1962 to 1977. All pictures Copyright BMHIT.
This is the first tractor off the production line at Bathgate in 1962, it’s a Nuffield 3/42. See how clean the floor is and how uncluttered the background! It’s not clear why the tractor has ‘Road Tyres’ fitted rather than agricultural tyres like the tractors behind.
By 1965 the Nuffield 10/60’s was being produced, this one, with flanged axles, is approaching the point where the wheels are to be fitted.
Queen Elizabeth visited Bathgate in 1968, she was driven around in a modified Land Rover. Here we see her viewing the machine shop in ‘B’ Block prior to visiting the tractor production facility in ‘C’ Block.
In 1977 the design of the tractor had changed dramatically, this 245 with a three cylinder Perkins engine is fitted with a ‘Q’ cab, required by law in many countries, to prevent excess noise damaging the drivers ears. Many changes had to be made to the production line to allow these tractors to be built.