Posts Tagged ‘international’

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)!

The International TD-24 Has Arrived

February 23, 2012

The beast is here!

International TD-24

This International TD-24 has come all the way from Sauk Centre, MN, USA. It was bought unseen (except photos) and the condition is not quite as good as was described by the seller. However, with a little bit of ‘elbow-grease’ we will soon have it ship-shape.

TD-24 Restoration

The engine is now starting and running well. We are removing the heavy front-end, the bulldozer hydraulic pump and returning it to agricultural spec.

TD-24 Sprocket

 We have major concerns with one of the tracks and are trying to find some new pins, bushes and a sprocket – maybe we will have to have some made, as most International parts are now obsolete. Anybody with parts or information leading to the purchase of parts will be most gratefully received.

TD-24 Paint work

The tractor will eventually have to be shot-blasted and repainted. Not much trouble was taken by a previous owner to prepare and paint, as the picture shows.

 

Keep looking for updates as we progress with the restoration – should be a very nice tractor when finished.

Muck-Shift Working Weekend

June 30, 2011

On the 18th and 19th June we attended a ‘Muck-shift working weekend’ at a site near Lutterworth, organised by Paul Badger for the Caterpillar owners LINK Club. We had to re-profile a 4×4 course.  The site was awkward in that the haul routes were short and the turns were tight, as we found out with our tracks trying to come off!

International TD18 with Onions Empire Scaper

‘Tight fit!’ Our International TD18  and Onions Empire Scraper.

International TD18

Our TD18 filling the box in one of the cuts.

International TD18

Nearly full and heading for the fill area.

Cat DC6

Being push loaded with Paul Badger’s nicely turned out Cat D6c.

Cat 983

The mammoth of Traxcavators – Andy Davies’ Cat 983 in fine form.

Cat 75

Nicely restored Cat 75, owned by Arthur Hinch, approx mid to early 1930s.

Cat D9g

Another big one is this Cat D9g belonging to Terry Barnsley, at the time it was Caterpillar’s biggest production machine.

Fame at Last!

January 8, 2011

BTD20 on Classic Plant Front Page

John Walker working, for the first time since restoration, his international BTD20 at Paul Badger’s East Midlands Working Weekend at Desborough, Northampton.

The International TD14a Has Arrived!

September 29, 2010

Above is a International TD14a arriving from Aurora, Oregon, USA.  (mentioned a few weeks ago on our blog)  The tractor was purchased on 13th July, was delivered to the port of Tacoma on 4th August and sailed on 11th August.  The ship delivered cargo to Bremerhaven and Antwerp before dropping off at Southampton with the TD14a on 19th September.

Here it is being unloaded at 7.30 in the evening of 22nd September in our yard.  The tractor was in much better condition than expected, photographs only showed us the cosmetic condition, but we were very happy to receive a machine in ‘nearly-new’ mechanical condition – a first for us!

The above pictures were taken the next day after we had washed all the dust and salt stains off.  Hopefully the tractor will be seen at ploughing matches just after Christmas.

We are indebted to Paul Singer Jnr. Aurora, for his honest description and the care and attention to packing spare parts, muffler and various manuals.  Paul and his family owned this tractor from nearly new.  Upon acquisition, from his father, he decided to re-track it and make it fit for work.  Subsequently he decided to buy a 4 wheel-drive tractor and never used the TD14a for farming again.  When he retired he decided to undertake a full restoration and the tractor was seen at many farm shows in the surrounding area.  In November 2004 it was featured on the front cover of Red Power Magazine.

International BTD20 Crawler Video Footage!

August 17, 2010

Last week we brought you pictures of the BTD20 in action at the East Midlands Working Weekend… this week we have video footage from the event!

East Midlands Working Weekend

August 10, 2010

East Midlands Working Weekend

Nick Walker at the East Midlands Working Weekend at Desborough, Northants, with our newly restored International BTD20

BTD20 at Working Weekend

John Walker at the same event pulling modern type disc harrows, loaned for the event.

Watch This Space!

July 27, 2010

International Tractor

We’re not giving too much away just yet! Watch this space!

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International BTD20 Crawler in Action

June 29, 2010

We had the tractor at work on Saturday, to check out that all the mechanical bits worked properly… and they do!

Tractor seen here pulling a 1950 Ransomes single tyne Mole Plough, 24 inches deep in heavy clay in North Nottinghamshire. We are very pleased with the restoration and now hope the tractor will remain in good condition for the rest of its retirement.

International BTD20 Crawler Restoration – Week 17

June 16, 2010

The project is all but finished. These images are “out in the sun” for the first time after the restoration.

However, next week there will be more images of the tractor washed and polished.  At the moment the paint is not quite hard enough.

We are very pleased with the outcome and would like to thank everyone involved. They are:  Eamon Pell for assistance with the transmission work, Steve Deere for welding and general fiddly bits,  Andy Baines general involvement in re-assembly, Les Clark for electrical and some of the paint-work and JB Blasting and Painting of Long Bennington for their high quality work.