Notts NVTEC Tractor & Engine Working Weekend

August 28, 2013

A fantastic ‘Working Weekend’ was had at Babworth, near Retford courtesy of Joseph Camm Farms Ltd and organised by the Notts Group of the National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club. More land was made available and there was a good turn-out.

TD18 International Crawler

John with his ‘Old Faithfull’ TD18 and Fowler heavy cultivator heading for the field area.

TD14a International

Friend of the family acquiring skills on the TD14a.

Ex Milittary TD18

We did some repairs to this Ex military TD18 for a friend and brought it to the show to check it out – it went well, apart from a starting problem.

Working Weekend

Time for a well-earned rest with beer and ‘burgers!

John and Nick took 7 of their International Crawlers, 3 ploughs and a couple of cultivators. It was the first time they managed to get the two Ransomes ploughs to pull together properly. Although the tandem arrangement was designed for the International TD24, the soil was light enough for the BTD20 to pull it.

Tandem

The tandem ploughs follow each other nicely.

BTD20 Pulling tandem Ransomes

Nick with International BTD20 pulling tandem Ransomes 6 furrow TS69 with SCN bodies and NO skimmers.

Cat D4, Plough, Vintage

Nick negotiating around some other ploughmen. Paul Badger’s nicely restored Cat D4 in the centre of the picture.

TD24

Nick and the Mighty TD24 making their way to the parade ring.

Many thanks to Robert Nicholls and Peacock & Binnington for their help getting a trailer full of ploughs to the event with this Mighty Massey, but we couldn’t let him go home without trying the ploughs.  Without weight transfer, the tyres just can’t get sufficient grip. This Massey 7624 had plenty of power but was beginning to loose traction, despite lots of front-end weight. However, he was able to keep going and put up a commendable performance.

Mighty Massey

Many thanks to Robert Nicholls and Peacock & Binnington

Finally thank you to Julie Badger for providing some of the photos for this blog post!

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Another Volvo A25D For Dismantling

July 31, 2013

very good running components and tyres, transmission will be rebuilt.

Engine is good. Year 2002. Call Nigel on:

01777 709533, parts@walker-plant.co.uk

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Celebrations at Walker Plant!

May 28, 2013

We have just celebrated the 70th birthday of our one-time Managing Director, John Walker. He tells us it’s been a struggle to remain sensible and teetotal for so many years! Now he is happy to relax and enjoy the rest of his years.

Thanks go to all the staff who went to so much trouble to remind him just how old/young he is and he thanks them for all the kind comments and gifts they gave him. There have been so many wishes for the future and John thanks all those who contributed to a fantastic and memorable day on 19th May. The celebrations were delayed for a week due to John and his wife, Gill, holidaying in Portugal where they celebrated on the 12th, so in fact, not unlike the Queen, he had an official birthday and a regular one!

TD14A cake

John has asked that we show a picture of the fantastic replica birthday cake of one of his favourite tractors – an International Harvester TD14a. This cake was unbelievably true to life, so-much-so, it is worthy of being featured in this blog. The cake was designed and made by a relative in Northamptonshire (see Little Wish Cakes and Cards on Facebook) she excelled herself as she does with all that she undertakes. A big thank you to Louise!

TD14A Cake

TD14a Cake complete with chocolate mud and John’s trademark hat.

International TD14A cake

What all operators dread – a track has come off (eaten)!

Volvo A25D *SOLD*

April 15, 2013

The truck is now sold. Thanks to all who have shown interest. More trucks available soon.

For Sale: Volvo A25D

February 7, 2013

2003 A25D For Sale

This machine is tidy for year, comes with front and rear camera, good tyres and cantilever tailgate.

For more information please visit www.walkerplant.com or call 01777 709533

Volvo A25D Dumptruck

A25D

A25D2

A25D3

A25D4

A25D5

In Memory of Jane.

January 16, 2013

It is with profound sadness that we report the death of Jane Langley after her short battle with cancer. As most of you will know she worked in our parts department and will be affectionately remembered as a kind, diligent and humorous member of staff. Jane will be deeply missed by all the people who had contact with her.

We have fond memories of her and our heart goes out to Denise, her family, her friends and all who were close to her.

Jane

TD24 Restoration – Completed

January 7, 2013

TD24 1The International TD24 restoration is now complete, save for the headlights which will be added in a few weeks time. Those of you who have been following this blog will remember that we have had a tormenting time repairing and manufacturing unavailable parts. The tractor was in a far worse condition than was expected. As you all know we bought the tractor from Sauk Centre MN, USA just over a year ago and we have worked on it nearly every day in some form or other (like lots of hours on the internet searching for parts etc.) It has been a labour of love and we’d like to think it shows, but it is doubtful we would ever take on another big tractor. John’s next birthday will be three score years and ten and he doesn’t relish chucking heavy parts around any more! So now is maybe the time to sit back and enjoy the collection, attending a few shows and working events. Following the pre-paint trials in August, we are now ready to go for the working weekend at Farnsfield on 28th and 29th December in aid of the local Air Ambulance.

TD24 We are privileged to have found this relatively rare tractor (series 241 195hp) for restoration and possess the facilities to rebuild it for its rightful role in preservation. We are always pleased to show its capabilities and demonstrate it’s ground-breaking design. Unfortunately the early TD24s fitted with bull-dozing attachments were less than reliable due to lack research and thorough testing. The TD24 was superseded by the TD25 which was much more acceptable and reliable, but by which time International’s respectable reputation was damaged beyond repair. The demise of the company followed within a few years.

International Harvester announced its revolutionary TD-24 crawler tractor in 1947. It weighed about 20 tons (with dozer blade) and was powered by a new 180hp 1091cubic inch (nearly 19 litres) 6-cylinder diesel. This new heavyweight of the earthmoving industry made headlines across the construction press as the world’s largest crawler tractor, clipping the title from the previous largest, the 163-hp Allis-Chalmers HD-19 (2 Tons heavier and 32 more horsepower than Caterpillar’s D8). The TD-24 soon earned an outstanding reputation as a heavy-duty bulldozer, and a perfect prime mover for pulling the largest scrapers.

The TD-24 was often teamed with Bucyrus-Erie’s largest scraper, the B-250. Bucyrus-Erie (now Bucyrus International) designed and built a line of tractor equipment for International tractors including dozer blades, rippers, winches and scrapers. Painted bright International red, the TD-24 scraper outfits made formidable earthmoving units and could be found in large fleets on many of the biggest earthmoving jobs of the 1950s. They became affectionately known as the “Big Red Teams.” The lion’s share of dozer work on the Alcan Power Project near Kitimat, British Columbia, was performed by International TD-24s working in some of the toughest conditions imaginable. Sponsored by the Aluminum Co. of Canada, this project was at that time the largest ever undertaken by private industry.

Now dwarfed by today’s monster crawlers, the TD-24 remained a leader for many years. The transmission and steering design was unique. The main transmission was a 4-speed syncromesh (for on-the-go shifting) and it had a separate forward and reverse unit for fast cycling in dozer work. There were also power-shifted 2-speed planetary gears in each track that made up the Planet Power Steering system. These planetary gears were controlled by the steering levers. Combining the high and low range of the planetary gears with the main transmission provided a total of 8 forward (and 8 reverse) speeds. Putting one track in high range and one in low caused a gentle turn with power to both tracks. For sharper turns the pivot brakes disconnected the inside track, as with a normal crawler. The TD-24 continued in production until 1959, by which time engine power had increased to 203 flywheel horsepower.

International TD24

International TD24

TD24

Volvo A25c 1997 For Sale

August 6, 2012

This very nice 1997 ex Dutch A25c is in very good working order, A/C fitted (& working) is fitted with a Volvo tailgate. Tyres are 4×80% & 2×10% good fully serviced & repaired as required, represents good value @ £28000 + VAT.

 

International TD24 Restoration Continues

August 2, 2012

The restoration of our International TD24 is coming along nicely. Having said that we have just found unexpected wear to the left final drive assembly – it has now been fixed. The front idler yoke on this side is getting the same treatment as the other side by cutting the slides and clamps off and welding new ones on. We expect to have track frame and tracks back on by the end of next week. Our work will then concentrate on minor repairs and cosmetics ready for blast cleaning and paint. All-in-all, it has been a challenging yet rewarding project. Hopefully the hard labour and financial cost will have been worth it.

This image shows just how difficult it was to remove the cap on the track frame pivot – we had to weld on nuts for larger extractor cap screws.

Bob Parkinson has undertaken a major repair to the top of the track frame.  A previous repairer decided to hack a couple of inches out of the strengthening brace and the track frame had taken on a twist which was one the reasons we couldn’t take out the front idler fork in one piece.

The last of the sheared off studs have been drilled and tapped out to take new over-size ones.

That’s all for now, but we will keep posting updates as the work progresses.

International TD9 Transformation

July 11, 2012

Our TD9 is now back from the paint shop and we think it has been an incredible transformation from the junk contender that it was.

Sitting proud with new decals.

Radiator cover and side panels fitted.

These hand grips may be a temporary measure. The Komatsu grips were the nearest we could find, brought over from America by good friend Paul Singer (who sold us our TD14a). If we can find the correct hand grips or have some made, they will be changed.

TD9 taking pride-of-place in our Red Power fleet but still awaiting repaired front emblem and arm rests.