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Oily Hands and the Smell of Diesel Tales of a Ford Dealer Engineer in the 1960s

by David Harris

Oily Hands and the Smell of Diesel Tales of a Ford Dealer Engineer in the 1960s Synopsis

1960 saw the dawn of an era of unprecedented innovation and development in farm machinery. It was a period of rapid technical advancement, that produced machines which are the mainstay of the current very buoyant vintage tractor restoration movement. At the start of the decade, spark-ignition Standard Fordson tractors still occasionally required repair; by the end of the decade, the Fordson Diesel Major had been replaced by the Ford 1000 series. The history of these iconic brands is well-known; Oily Hands and the Smell of Diesel gives an alternative view - the inside story of the agricultural machinery repair trade. First employed as an apprentice, then moving his way up to an engineer, David Harris gives an entertaining, informative and personal account of his time spent at a Ford main tractor dealership, working on Ford, Fordson, County, Roadless and Muirhill tractors, Chaseside loaders, Claas combines and New Holland and Jones balers amongst others. Including many historical photographs, David describes the technical challenges in detail, and tells of the ups and downs of life in the workshop and out in the field. This book will be a must-read for anyone who is or was involved in the machinery industry; anyone looking to restore or repair vintage agricultural machinery and anyone with a general interest in farming and machinery history.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910456989
Publication date: 29th September 2017
Author: David Harris
Publisher: Old Pond Publishing Ltd an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishers International
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Tractors & farm vehicles: general interest,

About David Harris

David Harris has spent 50 years working in agricultural machinery repair in Sussex. After qualifying as an agricultural engineer in 1965, he worked for two different Ford Tractor dealers, until he was promoted to Depot Service Manager in 1974. In 1985 he changed direction and spent the next 25 years teaching agricultural engineering and construction plant repair at two Sussex agricultural colleges. He is a frequent contributor to Tractor & Machinery and other magazines and is now retired.

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