Restoring Engines Is A Family Affair
A restored Ruston vintage engine that provided power to Yorkshire Water's National Rivers Division for more than forty years, is one of several engines being exhibited at this year's Newby Hall Tractor Fest (Saturday 10-Sunday 11 June) by two Riccall enthusiasts.
Father and son duo Dave and Andrew Fox will be showcasing their 1977 Foden Wagon, along with the 1946 Ruston 7XHR engine and a smaller Fairbanks Morse engine, all restored to their former working glory.
Owner and enthusiast Dave Fox said:
"I've worked on Foden's for most of my life and as we've also lived in Riccall, where our 7XHR engine was based, for more than 40 years, this particular Ruston engine is close to our hearts. Built in 1946, our engine drove the line shaft to the workshops of the National Rivers Division of Yorkshire Water until 1986."
Although in working condition, the task of restoration is ongoing with the Foden wagon most recently needing a new fuel tank. With such a passion for vintage vehicles it is only fitting that Dave and Andrew will be making a tank rather than buying one off the shelf.
Yorkshire Vintage Association Chairman, Richard Sturdy, said:
"It's always a pleasure to see how enthusiastic our exhibitors and visitors are about vintage tractors, vehicles and engines and the constant upkeep that goes into their preservation."
The two-day festival will showcase 1,500 exhibits of not only vintage tractors, but engines, commercial vehicles, cars and motorcycles from around the UK and Europe. This year's theme is the 100th anniversary of the manufacture of Fordson Tractors by Henry Ford.
For more information: www.newbyhall.com/events/tractor-fest-2017
Restoring Engines Is A Family Affair, 6th May 2017, 20:48 PM