Posts Tagged ‘working weekend’

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!

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

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.