Stephen Richmond & Jonathan Whitlam
Duration: 190 minutes
First Pasture Price: £31.49
This two part DVD, Tracks, Tyres & Skid Units, tells the story of Ford tractor conversions from 1917 through to 1994.
Part 1, 1917-1964: Ever since the first Fordson tractor appeared in 1917 other companies have used the basic tractor skid unit as a power source for different agricultural and industrial machinery. This programme provides a chronological account of these conversions, showing them with the actual tractor model they are based on. In this way we see how the various machines from Roadless, County, Muir-Hill, Doe, JCB and Matbro, to mention just a few, were developed and sold alongside each other.
Examples of machines featured include Trackson Model F full track, H & P Model F half track, Roadless half track N, Roadless Major half track, Roadless Model E, County CFT, Roadless J17, County Four Drive, Roadless-Manuel Major, Power Major and Super Major, Doe Dual Power, Doe Triple D, Matbro Mastiff 6/100 MT, JCB Hydra-loader, Muir-Hill Major shunters, County Super Four, County Super Six and Roadless Ploughmaster 6/4.
Part 2, 1964-1994: Four wheel drive conversions really steal the show in this programme as the new Ford 1000 Series 6X range arrives and numerous different conversions appear based on it and subsequent ranges, from companies such as County, Doe, Muir-Hill, Northrop and Roadless. The culmination is the big County 1884 which marks the last days of the conversion specialists, but the story does not end there as the Moffett MFT was based on the Ford 40 Series from 1991 and the rubber tracked Caterpillar Challenger 35, 45 and 55 machines were based on the Ford 70 Series that first appeared in 1994.
A special feature also looks at some of the smaller conversions such as drainage machines, tricycle conversions and other uses to which Ford skid units were put.