Lower Village, Blunsdon, Swindon, Wilts, England
Photos of the Waterloo Boy Tractor. I attended four shows with this tractor since restored and won four trophies..
As a reader of G.E.M. I thought that fellow readers and friends would be interested in the story of restoration of my Waterloo Boy Tractor.
I purchased Lot No. 397 the parts of an Overtime Tractor at a farm sale in November 1972. The Overtime Tractor, the Auctioneer cried out, as rusty and dirty as ever it could be much of it missing, no radiator, no mag, no carburetor, no fuel tank! (You will never get that going all my friends, said).
Restoration started July 1973. I travelled the country for parts which now are not easily found. The crankshaft had to be ground, the cylinder block had been bored at some time and my pistons were too slack, so the block was bored again and sleeved, the sleeves being turned out of cast water pipe.
Certain parts were cast at a local foundry; a new fuel tank had to be made. All new cases for bearings in the gear box which was completely empty of gears to start with, had to be placed. I had to make new mudguards or fenders.
Some 12 months after starting this restoration, I was more than surprised when she fired for the first time again, and now runs very well.
It was shown for the first time at the Banbury Steam Society Rally, June 1974, and won the John Hirons Trophy for the best Vintage Tractor.
The other tractors in my collection are 1934 Int. F12, 1934 Int. W12, 1938 Int. W14, 1935 Case L, 1918 Titan, 1922 Fordson F, 1934 Int. 10-20, Int. 1919 Junior, Single speed Overtime and an Alldays & Onions tractor, British built and quite rare in England.
I am also a Gas Engine collector. My collection includes International Famous 4 h.p., I.H. M type 6 h.p., I.H. M type 3 h.p., 1906 Tangye hot bulb, Associated 8 mule team, Stover 2 h.p., Victoria 7 h.p., Associated 2-1/4, Fairbanks Morse and many others.
Pictured are prints of a small 1-1/16' x 2-1/2' 4 cycle engine which I have built. There is nothing novel about it, but it runs well and develops surprising power for its size. It began its existence as a non-compression 2 cycle engine operating on the Lenoir system of 1860, however these engines ran on coal gas which is not available here, so rather than it being a total loss, I converted it as shown with very satisfactory results. Hope this is of some interest to the readers.