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Sunday
Jan062013

Tweed Tractors-Tractor Show

Recently while cleaning out my fathers’ office we found an old photo album filled with Polaroid photos. The album included photos from the early days of the family business, Tweed Tractors, operating in Murwillumbah NSW.

Tweed Tractors started in the early 1980’s as a tractor dealership selling and servicing Shibaura Tractors. It also sold in the Tweed area Allis Chalmers, Universal Farmliner, and John Deere tractors. During the 1980’s the company acquired Subaru and Mitsubishi car franchises. Later on taking on the franchise for Mitsubishi-Fuso Trucks. I started my apprenticeship in the truck workshop in 1999. The company name changed to Bedser Automotive in early 2000’s with the development of a 2nd dealership in Tweed Heads. This part of the business including the car dealership in Murwillumbah was sold in 2007. Today the company trades as Murwillumbah Truck Centre and is a dealer for Daimler trucks which includes Fuso, Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz truck brands.

What brought interest to me in the album was the photos of vintage tractors at a show, asking my Dad he thinks it was at a show in Beenleigh QLD where Tweed Tractors had a display, most likely the early to mid 1980’s.

On this post you can see these photos of the Tweed Tractors display and some of the various vintage tractors there. Would be interesting to know where these tractors are today and what condition they are in. Anyone with any information please leave a comment.

 

 


My Grandfathers Ferguson type A which is apart of our tractor collection today, in the foregound. three new Shibaura tractors and a Subaru Serpa far right.

Subaru wagon and the Ferguson A again

A John Deere model BR with a Fordson behind it.


In the above photo is Two Lanz Bulldog tractors and a John deere Model R, the Model R was the first diesel tractor made by John Deere

 

A Farmall running a water pump off its belt pulley, this tractor has a single front wheel

A steam traction engine I believe is a garrett

From left to right a Farmall A, and two Feild marshall tractors, the Feild Marshall was an English made single cylinder diesel tractor.

A Catterpillar 2 ton 

Monday
Dec242012

Merry Chirstmas

Well Christmas time brings about the one year anniversary of Two Cylinder Vintage. A year ago I got this website as a gift from my wonderful wife. It's been a great year, thanks to all you readers and viewers of my blog, I have had just under 10,000 views over the last year, and about 25 daily views on average over the last month. Looking forward to 2013. Planing two tractor shows to attend in January and the national rally in Mudgee NSW in April. As well as the completion of restoration projects. To you and your families Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God Bless.

Sunday
Oct142012

Caterpillar Twenty-Two 

The newest addition to our collection is a 1936 Caterpillar Twenty Two Crawler Tractor. This tractor was made in Peoria Illinois USA, has a 4.1 L four cylinder petrol engine and produces just under 24HP. The tractor was found years ago on a friends relatives property, however it was only recently that the owner agreed to selling it. 

 

Mag and spark plug leads on the RH side of engine

Oil pressure!

After transporting it to our shed, the tractor was steam cleaned and I began the repairs to get it running. Firstly, I removed the magneto to check the reason for the tractor not having any spark. With the help of a friend, we got it throwing a good spark by cleaning dirty points. New ignition leads were made, the old terminals from the brittle original leads removed and the terminals soldered to new pieces of HT lead. Next I concentrated on the carburettor. When I turned the engine over (using the hand crank as there is no starter motor) I noticed the carbie had a fuel leak from the bottom intake pipe. As this is updraft carburettor it would be difficult to flood it, however I removed the carburettor to check that it was clean and that the needle and seat was serviceable. Finally I set about cranking it over to no avail, so with the help of my Dad, we used the 4wd to tow start the 1936 Caterpillar until it fired up.

I forward to one day restoring this tidy original machine.


Saturday
Oct132012

John Deere Fall Fest 2012 (part three)

This is part three of the Fall Fest photos
A John Deere 530 with a mounted two row corn picker, this would drive between rows of corn picking two rows at a time and dropping it in the wagon being towed by the tractor.

Model A high crop tractor

A Model D with plow

A rare 720 standard tread petrol tractor

 

model 430 Industrial Tractors, yellow was the standard colour of the 430 industrial, a municipal (or shire council as we know it in Austrlalia), made a request to John Deere to have there tractors painted red to match there trucks.

 

 a New Generaton 4020 Diesel Tractor

 



 

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Sep162012

John Deere Fall Fest 2012 (part two)

Here are some more photos of the tractors at the fall fest. info about the a tractor is at bottom of photo.

John Deere 520 narrow front, LP gas fueled.

John Deere 1938 BI (model B industrial) these tractors were made for off farm industrial use such as roadwork and other council tasks. Although they look similar to the on farm BR they had different wheel options, a down swept exhaust pipe and the front axle was set back to allow clearance at the front for front mounted implements such as a loader. Only 180 Bi's were made.


Swap meet and parts sale stores

 

Some of the tractors listed for the tractor auction

A demonstration of a corn thresher in operation, it removes the corn off the corn cob and sorts them into different wagons. a good array of John Deere equipment. a model G tractor is powering the thresher.

A New Generation 4010 tractor with a nicely restored plow attached. behind it in on the right is a Next Generation tractor, the Next Generation 40th year anniversary was celebrated at Fall Fest.



A late model A Tractor

420 high crop tractor, these tractors with an upright inline two cylinder engine were made in Dubuque Iowa

A line up of tractors ready for the parade.

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