New Holland in Gloucestershire !!

This particular story probably started in the early sixties,! Gloucestershire contractor and lifelong friend Barry Taylor was born into a farming family, his father ran Massey combines 780s and later 2 x Mf 400s which Barry spent many hours operating, on there 150 acre farm in Gloucestershire, however as the farm was not big enough to support 2 sons and his father Barry went to work for R O Williams a contractor based nearby at Yate, and he ran New Holland combines, Barry spent a lot of hours on these combines operating and maintaining them and now some 40 odd years later his attention has turned to collecting a few models he had spent his younger days on.

During the sixties New Holland was making some serious inroads into the harvesting market despite the market leading Massey brand and there many local dealerships, Times look certain to change with Class also another popular choice for many farmers.

Within the next decade or so with the ever increasing problems Massey faced not only here but world wide the closure of the Kilmarnock combine plant in scotland was probably the end of there dominance in the harvest fields at least, and within another decade the Closure of the huge Brantford combine plant in 1988 in Canada it signalled the end of genuine Massey Ferguson Combines for good.

Returning to Barry's combines the first one he bought was the M89 a 1968 8ft 6 cut 4 straw walker model this combine was fitted with the Ford commercial variant engine, it was working in Pembrokeshire prior to purchase in 2009 Barry gave the combine a full going over replacing several bearings and belts plus a set of reconditioned fuel injectors and replaced the badly faded paintwork the combine table underside was completely wore out and was paper thin, so Barry replaced the complete table bottom a big task when you consider the metal involved, for sure the combine had a busy life with all the wear in places you would expect, auger flights and trays,however this little gem is a pleasure to operate and I have been fortunate to spend some time on combine, it came down to somerset for our local harvest in August 2010 to run alongside our 4 Massey s and the combine certainly did him proud over the 2 days with us.

The second combine on Barry's list was the M122 Clayson a 1969 4 walker model and 10ft cut, this combine was purchased as a non runner the engine wouldn't run and the combine had sustained rear hood damage also the electrics would need some attention if this machine would ever be called upon to run again, To date this combine has received work to the fuel pump, the electrics and various attention to belts and chains to enable the combine to run and Barry is currently looking to secure a better rear hood section to complete combine before paintwork can begin failing this a new section will have to be fabricated.

Well working on his M122 during early 2011 Barry was tipped off about a mint condition Clayson 15/20 a 1976 model with 10ft cut and 4 walkers  with the Ford commercial engine again, this combine was in excellent condition and Barry has restored the ageing fading paintwork but mechanically it was not in need of much work, it came down to Gloucestershire from the Shropshire area spring 2011.

Barry like ourselves use the combines every year to harvest his own small acreage, but he has regularly cut over a hundred acres for a local grower since 2010 and I am always glad to pilot either machine when asked as to return Barry's efforts in helping us out on our harvests over the years, during 2012 Barry was inundated with requests for help during the disastrous wet harvest season, the local arable growers had there own machines bogged down or reluctantly stopped cutting some steeper grounds because of damage to fields and machinery which gave Barry  and ourselves a very busy season and although exceptional conditions it demonstrated these old vintage combines still had a purpose and despite all what modern technology can give us sometimes there is only a simple answer to use the machines that were designed for all situations.

What follows now is a selection of photographs of Barry's combines.

Barrys M89 8ft 6 cut restored 2009 this combine has cut several hundred acres since its restoration and it looks very good here in the late December sunshine.

Side shot of m89

Access ladder to engine, note mesh air pre cleaner box removed and sitting on hood

Rear of combine note the reg number!! a gift from the family in 2010 a coming of age trophy!!!
Note the swing out hinged side door that reveals belt arrangements and various pullys easy to work on unlike the Massey!

Hinged swung back unloader, note step arrangement similar to some modern combines today

Looking down on operators station.

Probably the Achilles heel of combine small grain tank and the combines were top heavy with also engine mounted up high, another problem was the storage required higher headroom, something massey probably scored better at with there twin pannier tanks and low sleek design.

Simple dash layout of M89 table and reel control levers protruding from steering column.

Aclose up shot of the Ford 4 pot engine and air pre cleaner box!!

Barry aboard his trustee stead !!

Original dealers badge

Barrys 122 in workshop this 1969 model will need considerable work! it has received attention to fuel pump this was seized it now has a running engine Barry is seeking a new hood as the rear is extensively damaged!! the idea was to use this machine for parts but Barry beleaves its to good, and apart from some minor jobs like electrics and belt replacement the combine runs ok definitely a candidate for some yellow it seems!!

Operator platform for the 122 a seat replacement on the cards!! notice the different control lever lay out!!

Rpm clock showing vital engine temp settings, fuel etc..

Table control levers set aside steering column,

The dreaded tin worm has set about the rear hood sub frame.

Paintwork badly faded, but this is a 46 yr old machine!!

More photos will follow shortly!!

Barry latest edition the 1520

Looking good in the late December sunshine.

This 1976 machine lives on thanks to Barry.

Table height indicator gauge.

Commanding views from the operator station

Close up of simple dashboard layout

Table drives, and unloader arm controls

Combine identity plate.

Birds eye view of operators platform, fire extinguisher always on hand!!

These two old ladies enjoy centre stage!!

Myself and Barry enjoying a snapshot!!

Barry making use of all available storage! 2 tables inside a 40ft shipping container!!

Special thanks

A big thank you to Barry for inviting me over to photograph his combines ,Hopefully we will have more pictures and video of all three working this coming harvest 2015!!