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Lanz Bulldog Crawler in Grand Parade at NHMA Rally Mudgee

My amazing wife Vanelle took some great video of me driving the Lanz in the Grand Parade at the NHMA Rally Mudgee. This parade was the first big drive since restoration completion and the Lanz did not miss a beat! Half way along the parade, the engine direction revered because I the throttle setting I had was too low. Thankfully I managed to get it back to the correct rotation before parade started to move again.


14th National Historical Machinery Association Rally Mudgee NSW 19th-20th April 2013

My John Deere model A on display with other John Deere tractors.  

Last weekend Vanelle and I attended the 14th NHMA rally in Mudgee. We had the chance to catch up with some friends, who drove down from Bingara for the event, Ben and Brooke Marshall and their two children Angus and Lilly. After months of preparation to finish of my Lanz Bulldog Crawler for the rally, it was rewarding to see it on display along with my 1949 John Deere model A at the big event. The rally lived up to its expectation - there were plenty of tractors, trucks and different pieces of machinery on display. The event was very well organised by the hosting Cudgegong Valley Antique Machinery Club, with a great turn out by the general public. Below are photos of the John Deere tractors and some other interesting tractors at the event (photo descriptions at bottom of photos) Also stay tuned for some videos of my tractors and segments of the Grand Parade.


My Lanz Crawler in Grand Parade

My John Deere A on display

Ben, Brooke, Augus, Lilly, Vanelle and I the Saturday night dinner.


My Model A with other John Deere Tractors belonging to Ed Orr from Parkes. Below 5 tractors belonged to Ed

John Deere model D, this early model D is known as a "spoker D" as it has a spoked flywheel. Deere went to a solid flywheel after about 3 years of production as the spoked flywheels had problems cracking.

720 standard tread diesel tractor

John Deere 820

430 high crop tractor

model 50 and 630 wide front row crop tractors.

Ben and I starting burner to heat hot bulb of Lanz, observed by two young enthusiasts.

Lanz started ready for Parade

John Deere Lanz tractor. Deere and Company purchased Heinrich Lanz AG in the 50's

A very nice original 820 tractor

John Deere Model 40 row crop

John Deere Model R, model R was the first diesel tractor Deere made, Started by 2 cylinder petrol starting engine.

An International Tractor with a mounted two row corn picker

Ferguson type A tractor at the Harry Ferguson tractor club stand.

Steam engine in tractor pull

5 Hanomag tractors including two crawlers

An original model D styled, hand crank start. 

Massey Ferguson 1150 with V8 diesel engine, this is what came standard from the factory.

Two international tractors hooked up in tandem

Waterloo boy model N tractor

John Deere model AR unstyled, participating in the tractor pull

A stationary steam engine running a saw bench for cutting timber.




1936 Lanz Bulldog Crawler Restoration

1936 Lanz Bulldog Crawler PS 44 (44HP)

Serial Number 129652

Made in Mannheim Germany by Heinrich Lanz AG. Single cylinder two stroke diesel engine, designed to run on crude oil.

In 2008 we found out about the Lanz Bulldog Crawler in the Eulo- Cunnamulla region in western QLD on a friends farm. The tractor lay in a field which was an hour drive from the homestead, surrounded by thick scrub making it hard to find and possible to bypass if you didn’t know it was there. The owner of the property told me that he remembers seeing the tractor in the field when they first moved to the property about 50 years ago. The abandoned Lanz Bulldog was situation near a dam and was possibly used in making the dam, maybe pulling a scoop. Lucky for us the tractor was almost complete with original parts with the only thing missing being the tractors cylinder head. A few months after the discovery, I drove our tilt tray truck on a three day round trip to collect the tractor. The property owner bulldozed a track to the Lanz and cleared the trees around it to allow our truck to get access to it.



After (at the 2013 NHMA National Rally Mudgee)

view of where the Lanz was from the track, it is sitting between the taller of the trees you can see.

Loaded onto our tilt tray, note directly behind truck is were the Lanz had sat for over 50 years, tree stumps and all.

Lanz being unloaded in our shed.

Once we got it home I started cleaning it down and unseizing the piston, this took a bit of soaking with kerosine and a crow bar chained tothe flywheel to move. We had Dale Mason from Classic tractor restorations carry out the engine restoration, which included new oversize piston, new crank bearings,


Piston unsiezed

Photos of some of the professional work Dale Mason from Classic Tractor Restorations carried out, he also was able to source directly from Germany replacement parts, including piston, cylinder head, hot bowl stove, flywheel covers, radiators and various other small parts. He also made and machined parts as needed to repair worn and damaged components.

I picked up crawler from Classic Tractor restorations in November 2012 and set about completing the rest of the restoration, removal of final drive to inspect clean and grease, it had had an earlier repair on the steering clutch bearings, clutch plate where in real good order. I did however replace the brake linings; I used woven brake lining material available from Repco. The track roller bushes were replaced, with machined round bar to the pin size and to match the amount of wear in each roller. All large major parts were sent to sandblaster for sand-blasting, panels and mudguards sent to panel shop for repair. Hours and hours of cleaning, sand-blasting small parts bolts and nuts.

There is a bracket the extends from the drivers platform to the final drive housing, at some stage in its life this bracket had a hard hit and where it attaches to the housing it had broken and cracked the cast iron around bolt hole. With the help from a friend we cast iron welded the housing up, including filling in the bolt hole. To ensure this didn’t cause a repeat failure, I swapped the housing from side to side, so now the repaired housing is on the LH side of machine, repair to the front were nothing bolts to it.

The LH flywheel cover was missing, we got a replacement through classis tractor restorations, there is no cover available for Lanz crawlers, so a wheel tractor one needed to be used, the crawler flywheel covers are in two pieces to allow the removal of cover as the tracks would stop a one piece cover being removed. I cut cover in half and welded bracket inside to house nuts.

Seat frame brackets were in bad shape, with cracks and welds from repair all over them, I chose to fabricate new ones out of thicker material to give it more straingth, the original brackets would of taken alot of time to straighen and repair.

Track rollers layed out after making up new inserts between roller and pins.

New brake lining installed to brake band and clutch packs refitted after inspection and clean, clutch discs were in very good condition.

assorted parts primed after sending to sand blasters.

main part of tractor in two pack primer, ready for sanding and top coat application.

final coat of paint applied, and starting to fit larger parts like front leaf spring and drivers platform

If anyone out there has infomation, photos or anything about Lanz Bulldog Crawlers or if you want to ask me something about our restoration please contact me.

If you wish to contact Dale Mason from Classis Tractor Restorations for parts supply or a tractor restoration enquiry, please contact me and I will forward you his contact details.





Tractor Shed

Here are some photos of our tractor shed, taken a few years ago

Back row Left to right, John Deere 1940 model B, John Deere 1935 model B, John Deere 1930 model GP.

Front Allis Chalmers Model B, Ferguson TEA20, Ferguson A (Ferguson Brown) 

Another View of the John Deeres

My Display of model tractors, Manuals and other memorabilia

Above John Deere Model R

Above John Deere 620


Farmall Super A

Ferguson TE20



Machinery in Motion Rally - Gosford - Central Coast Machinery Club

On the weekend of the 19th of January my grandad and I attended the Inaugural rally of the Central Coast Machinery Club, held at the Gosford show grounds. here are some photos of the tractors there.

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