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d4c24a
01-03-2012, 09:37 PM
something big and blue has appeared up my mates farm
1985 vintage ,pictures will be taken at the weekend :)

Traxcavator.
01-03-2012, 10:10 PM
An FW by any chance Graham ?

d4c24a
01-03-2012, 10:12 PM
it certainly is :) a 60 and in quite good condition by all accounts
not sure how it will handle harrowing and rolling :D

Traxcavator.
01-03-2012, 10:22 PM
It's amazing how many of those are still about, i think the 60 has a V8 cummins engine. I know where a 30 and two 60's are .... or were.
Cutting the lawn with one is a bit tricky .... :D

d4c24a
03-03-2012, 06:31 PM
had a quick spin around the yard today ,interesting i will say :D
de accelerator pedal ,so a bit of left foot braking :D
vision well a little bit of it

Guest1
03-03-2012, 06:36 PM
had a quick spin around the yard today ,interesting i will say :D
de accelerator pedal ,so a bit of left foot braking :D
vision well a little bit of it
What would you class that sucker as:confused:a tractor or a truck or both:)

AtlasRob
03-03-2012, 06:44 PM
What would you class that sucker as, a tractor or a truck or both

Its BIG thats for sure judging by the roll on off skips alongside it :cool: a county on steroids :D

d4c24a
03-03-2012, 06:58 PM
What would you class that sucker as:confused:a tractor or a truck or both:)

its a steiger painted in ford,s colours
and has a big cam V8 cummins , took over 1000 litres to fill up i was told :eek:

Pecall
03-03-2012, 06:58 PM
Looks like a back to front loading shovel, without the shovel:confused:

Traxcavator.
03-03-2012, 08:35 PM
I remember when they first came to the UK We waz awe struck .....:eek: still am actually. That is a bloody tidy one Graham, did it come from Essex ?

d4c24a
03-03-2012, 08:44 PM
I remember when they first came to the UK We waz awe struck .....:eek: still am actually. That is a bloody tidy one Graham, did it come from Essex ?

it came down from amtrac in north yorkshire , not sure where it was before :)

Guest1
03-03-2012, 08:47 PM
Did IH doo something like this?

Traxcavator.
03-03-2012, 08:57 PM
Sean it was called snoopy there were three models.

Guest1
03-03-2012, 09:01 PM
Sean it was called snoopy there were three models.
I am sure theres something on you tube of one powering through some flooded land or seme thing like that.

Traxcavator.
03-03-2012, 09:18 PM
Theres an interesting story in last months Tracor and Machinery I'll bring it home tomorrow. I think the Models were 3388 3588 and 3788.

thumper
04-03-2012, 08:19 PM
Did a lot of these when at E.Doe's we took over from S.E.M's after they went down the drain i see this one is not modified to the old elf an safety,when they came to this country the indicators had to be altered from North A merican, confusing, but their one's front and back and both side's flash on and off but when turning the opposite side to the turn go's off leaving the turn one's flashing, and unlike most of blue tractors made here which used to have both type's fitted,it was a simple matter of changing a couple of plug's behuind the dash but the FW's had to have the wiring altered and believe me it gave me a headache sorting them out also the steps at the front had to have extra tread's fitted to bring them closer to the ground and the cab one's and checker plate installed between eng and side frame and i tried fitting one with step's welded to frame in the middle to be able to get up to the fuel tank not a success,light's extended so to be able to pull them out to cover the width of the tyres, has this one got the later auto shift as early type did not have shift on the move, real pain as the correct gear had to be selected for every job, still got repair books on these.

d4c24a
04-03-2012, 08:44 PM
Hi Thumper , from what i gather it always pulls away in second ,unless you select first
first is on its own
but after that its like 2-4 ,so it will start in 2 go to 3 then 4

i only had a quick spin in the yard and did not have much time to look all round it ,but will do with some video footage :)

cheers graham

edit picture of the cab

BulldozerD11
05-03-2012, 01:13 AM
Nice little toy you have their Graham:D

A local contractor has one which he says is still good for a days work & does not suffer from the problem of his modern machines of being too complicated with some stupid fault causing the brain (ECU) to shut the machine down till an engineers been and plugged in a laptop and tell him it needs some part thats not in stock.

Usually hear it coming down the road in the middle of the night when he brings it back to the yard, but managed to catch him plowing up a small field with it this year. (see below) it nearly spent more time turning round than working.

I remember seeing one at Long Marston airfield back in the 80s at a drainage demo and being surprised to find that that it had been welded up underneath as they had split it in two.

Heres a few pics and a modern NH replacement

adamec140
05-03-2012, 07:12 PM
Nice pics Bulldozerd11, looks like some boys ground up by you, i think the FW at the long marston demo belonged to D W Clark Land Drainage

800CLC
05-03-2012, 07:38 PM
My father in law had a big Steiger last year as a loaner while his Versatile got some engine work done. It had a Caterpillar 3406 engine in it my brother in law couldn't believe how much power it had in the low ranges. lol Articulated tractors on this side of the pond are pushing over 500 h.p. now.

thumper
05-03-2012, 09:53 PM
Hi Thumper , from what i gather it always pulls away in second ,unless you select first
first is on its own
but after that its like 2-4 ,so it will start in 2 go to 3 then 4

i only had a quick spin in the yard and did not have much time to look all round it ,but will do with some video footage :)

cheers graham

edit picture of the cab

Sounds like it has auto box,the manual one has stick on the floor 5f and 1r with two levers on the right of dash high and low the other standard and overdrive.

AtlasRob
07-03-2012, 07:03 PM
Sounds like it has auto box,.

I did wonder when i saw it had AUTOMATIC in big blue letters under what I took to be the model number on the side of the bonnet :D

globaltruckandmachine
26-03-2012, 12:17 PM
You can try this company as well if you want

http://www.globaltruckandmachine.com/big_ph.php?pic_url=uploads/images/qMq7YtPQ6K1331072537.jpg&new_w=350;

Mintsauce
26-03-2012, 06:22 PM
Spent many an hour drooling over Ford FW pamphlets and copies of 'Power Farming' in my early teens. Massey 1200's didnt seem to be in the same league, but they do look the biz.

I was always told you'll never get to drive articulated tractors in this country as they're too big for our small fields:(. Wrong.

Finally got my chance to sit in a Steiger badged FW30 outside Ford's Dagenham tractor plant at the age of 17.:cool:. But thats as close as it ever got to driving one. Some boyhood dreams are destined never to become reality.

The styling still looks like the American dream to me.

d4c24a
26-03-2012, 06:54 PM
you are not that far away :) i could get you a drive on a weekend if you fancy it

Mintsauce
26-03-2012, 07:01 PM
You're on:) That would just about give me a stupid grin for the next 25 years.

bob
26-03-2012, 08:02 PM
You can try this company as well if you want

http://www.globaltruckandmachine.com/big_ph.php?pic_url=uploads/images/qMq7YtPQ6K1331072537.jpg&new_w=350;

I am confused .com:confused:

Traxcavator.
27-03-2012, 06:16 AM
Bob it's another sales company........ just butt in, no intro or polite hello.
No name and absolutly no continuity with the thread .... Just plain thick...

Taurus66
27-03-2012, 07:38 AM
Those big artic tractors are great , when i was a tractor rep for John Deere in Zimbabwe we had a customer that bought the old 8650, 290 hp, what a beast at the time...
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2588/3744045828_3689cb0495_z.jpg%3Fzz%3D1&imgrefurl=http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdmachinefinder/3744045828/&h=480&w=640&sz=95&tbnid=6EKizzRCtt_JEM:&tbnh=92&tbnw=122&zoom=1&docid=Xb7_4yQZIyCkZM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JGBxT7zaAtPe8QOl3tFV&sqi=2&ved=0CGAQ9QEwBQ
I was lucky and got to drive that for a short spell and will never forget it..

Exc@v8
27-03-2012, 09:59 AM
I put well over 4000 hours on an old FW in my late teens/early twenties, she had the five speed crash box with manual splitter/overdrive as described by thumper - double de-clutching with a decellerator is an art I am glad to have learnt but nearly resulted in a few hedge removals at first! 35mph, no brakes, about 14'6" wide and about 70' long and articulating in four places with the full cultivation train certainly made it entertaining when moving by road - even artics used to dive for cover! I seem to remember there were 70 odd grease points which I did daily, just before dusk as it would result getting absolutely covered in sh*t! Sure I've got some old photo's somewhere, need to get this scanner fired up.

Exc@v8
27-03-2012, 12:13 PM
Been rummaging, seem to remember putting most of my pics in an album which I can't find for the life of me now. I did find a copy of earthmovers from 2004 though - it hasn't changed...!

I did manage to find these two, she's pulling the 'parapress' which was a one off build for them and had 14 subsoiler legs, a couple of rows of cultivator legs and two double sets of press rings. Think it weighed about nine tonnes on it's own. I would quite often drag a cultivator press behind it with a set of Cambridge rolls behind that - will try and find a pic of the whole thing which must have weighed in round the 35 tonne mark or a bit more.

And yes, that smoke is from my chimney... 14l Cummins V8.

lynchy
27-03-2012, 06:50 PM
lol when you mention 'hedge removals' back in the day,when i worked for agri/plant dealer,a firm,think it was Lumley farms? brought fw30 up to northumberland,bloke wasn't so used to the small fields up there,think there was a few hedges 'removed',think that was the reason they left the fw60 darn sarf?????

Exc@v8
31-03-2012, 11:02 AM
Haha, I didn't actually wipe any out but there was a close call or two to begin with! Got pretty sugical with it after a bit though.