Land-based Technology Students Busy in the Workshops
Our Land-based Technology students have been busy in our engineering workshops, with several new projects coming in for repair or restoration, plus a few of the long term projects being finished off.
Our International TD18 crawler ‘Caz’ had her engine run for the first time in 20 years, last Easter (on you tube) and attended a few shows over the summer to help promote the Land Based Technology courses.
One exciting new project is the full restoration of a 1940’s Allis Chalmers Model ‘B’ tractor. Introduced at the end of the 1930’s the Allis-Chalmers Model ‘B’ caused a revolution in tractor design. It was the first small, light and inexpensive tractor that still had enough power to accomplish ploughing, cultivating and harvesting tasks.
This tractor was rescued from a hedgerow last year and is eagerly awaiting restoration! This will involve a complete stripdown and rebuild and will be finished to ‘show winning’ standard. This restoration is being run in conjunction with the South of England Agricultural Society, who have kindly supported the project.
It is hoped that the tractor will be finished in time to be presented by our Land Based Technology students at the Heritage Transport Show, at the Kent County Showground on Saturday 28th March 2015.