Everything old is new again

January 19, 2018

Quambatook Heritage Working Machinery Association secretary Graeme Lehmann has been working hard to get his John Deere 720 tractor up and running for the club's harvest days.

The Verley family’s John Deere 1051 power take-off header will also be at the event on January 27 and 28 at the Quambatook Tractor Pull Complex.

Quambatook Heritage Working Machinery Association members have been busy repairing their machines in preparation for this year’s harvest days at the Quambatook Tractor Pull Complex.

Association secretary Graeme Lehmann said he had his hands full working on a John Deere 720 tractor engine, replacing the ignition coils, combined light and ignition switch and fitting a new oil line to the oil pressure gauge.

‘‘It’s in good order,’’ Mr Lehmann said.

‘‘When we got the big motor spinning with the pony motor we released the compression lever and the diesel motor leapt in to life quick and lively.’’

If the tractor will start reliably on the day it will be used to pull an old header in the harvesting demonstration.

Members have been tending to a number of machines including a Case 1060 auto-header, a Massey-Ferguson 585 auto-header, a Lennon winnower and a newly acquired Gaston header.

The Verley family from Boort has offered the club a John Deere 1051 power take-off header, which was based on the European 1055 and 1065 auto-headers.

Another interesting entrant in this year’s event is a 1962 John Deere No. 42 power take-off machine with a 9foot open front and original crop lifters.

The event will also include a display of dairy memorabilia, with Wodonga’s Ken Wilson showing his collection of butter churns, cream separators and cream cans.

Owners of all makes and models of tractors, cars, utes, trucks, harvesters and stationary engines are welcome to bring their items along to the event.

A vintage tractor pull will be conducted on Saturday afternoon.

■The two-day Quambatook Harvest Days and Vintage Tractor Pull will be held at the Quambatook Tractor Pull Complex on Saturday and Sunday, January 27 and 28, from 10am to 6pm. There will be a Harvest Thanksgiving service at 9am on Sunday.

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