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AEC Lorries
Bill Reid
AEC Lorries explores the story of lorry
use in the last fifty years, showing
the diverse use of the vehicles and
their configurations for many different
types of work, with a focus on one of
the great British manufacturers – AEC.
AEC lorries have always been held in
high esteem at home and abroad because
of their powerful engines and relative
simplicity. They were to be found in
many large and small fleets, capable of
any type of work.

A large proportion of AEC production
was exported, particularly to British
Commonwealth countries, where they
endured hostile climates, severe
overloading, and abuse on poor roads;
nevertheless, they remained as good
working equipment. It has been said by
many in the transport sector that if
AEC engines had been developed, rather
than other types within the British
Leyland range, AEC vehicles would have
become a range of lorries and buses
that were second to none.

Lorries are now the lifeblood of the
nation and, without them, our lives
would be much less rich. Railways have
always been of great interest, but road
transport, in its many forms and
diverse liveries, has become an object
of enthusiastic interest. This book
looks to explore one of the most iconic
and recognisable brands of British
roads, using 180 rare and unpublished
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Vintage & Classic Tractor Restoration
Richard Lofting
Vintage and Classic Tractor Restoration
is a complete guide to the subject,
looking at how to initially purchase a
tractor, through private means or at
auction, and then how to restore it
back to its former glory, as it would
have looked when it left the factory.

It is even possible to preserve a
classic tractor in its working
condition, which has a unique appeal to
some tractor collectors and in some
ways is harder than a full restoration
to undertake.

Fifty-two practical picture spreads
show techniques suitable for restorers
of all levels of skill.

Topics covered include:

Setting up the workshop and making
specialist tools
Finding a tractor to restore
Engine and fuel
Electrical systems
Transmission and brakes
Wheels, tyres and steering
Hydraulics and the three-point linkage
Painting and finishing
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Leyland Tractors
Jonathan Whitlam
Leyland Tractors explores the story of
the Leyland tractor, beginning with
the orange Nuffield tractor of 1948,
which was to influence the development
of Leyland tractors in many key ways.
The focus then shifts to the period
from 1969 to 1982, when the name
Leyland was used on the bonnet of a
range of blue tractors, all built in
Bathgate, Scotland. All the various
models built during this time are
looked at in detail, as each new
product brought new innovations and
improvements, such as quiet cabs and
syncromesh gearing – as well as some
less successful developments.
story continues when Leyland Tractors
was sold to Marshall of Gainsborough,
concluding in the mid-1980s when the
firm faltered. Finally, we take a look
at the legacy of the Leyland tractor,
celebrating their endurance, and the
fact that many have been restored by
collectors, while still others are
still out on farms, working as they
were intended.
Filled with
original modern photography of
tractors both at work and on display,
and containing previously unseen
material, this book is a unique
addition to the tractor enthusiast’s
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You Call We Haul The Life and Times of Bob Carter
Mat Ireland
Best known for founding international
haulier, Trans UK, Bob Carter was
involved in the ground-breaking
changes occurring in British transport
of the 60s and 70s and it is fair to
say that he had an unusual and varied
life. Beginning in the army where he
witnessed nuclear testing on Christmas
Island in the 1950s, he went on to be
a driver, office worker and finally
company owner.

Never afraid to get his hands dirty,
Bob was able to turn his hand to any
aspect of his business operation, from
repairing mechanical defects, to
operating forklifts and even on the
odd occasion, driving his own trucks.
In 1975 he set out on Trans UK’s
maiden run to Iran in his Humber
Sceptre with 4 of his trucks in convoy
– the first trip of many, for the

The denationalization of BRS and the
implementation of the ‘O’ licence, the
rapid growth of privately owned
haulage companies, combined with the
Middle East oil boom of the 70s all
helped Bob to develop a successful
British and international transport
operation. A real one-off and Mr. Nice
Guy, Bob Carter was held in high
esteem and respected by one and all.
Including nearly 300 previously
unpublished photos, You Call, We Haul
is an inspirational story which will
appeal to those with an interest in
the hey-day of Middle-East travel and
those with a general love of great
British transport companies.

Mat Ireland was born in Weymouth in
1981. His firs...
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Scania 113 & 143 at Work
Patrick W Dyer
Patrick Dyer's ninth book in the 'at
work' series marks a return to Scania
to study the 3-series trucks produced
between 1988 and 1996, with the
emphasis on the 113 and 143 models. In
much the same way as these trucks
evolved from the previous 2-series and
LB (1-series) so too does the book,
taking the story forward from the
previous titles covering those
ranges.For Scania, masters of the
modular system and evolutionary
engineering processes, the 3-series
represented the pinnacle of
development for designs born decades
earlier. Industry recognition of its
achievement came early with the range
being awarded the Truck of the Year
title in 1989.With over 200
photographs provided by the
manufacturer and enthusiasts, Scania
113 & 143 at Work charts the story of
the 3-series through informative text
in the popular and familiar style of
previous 'at work' titles from the
same author.
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Trusty - The All British Tractor
Geoff Ravenhall
This book explores the origins of the
company and its models, and
on on the development of the Trusty
products from the pedestrian tractor
forklift. It is packed with original
photographs and images of various
tractors and implements.
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Leyland Lorries
Bill Reid
The origins of Leyland lorries are found
in steam wagon manufacture in the town
of Leyland, Lancashire. The
manufacturer, then known as the
Lancashire Steam Motor Company, was
established in 1884. By 1904 the first
petrol-engined lorry was built and in
1907 the company name was changed to
Leyland Motors Limited.

Leyland produced a range of vehicles
over the following decades, from steam
wagons and petrol-engined lorries to bus
and, eventually, eight-wheeled lorries.
The postwar years saw a series of
mergers and acquisitions, including the
eventual merger with the British Motor
Corporation in the late 1960s, which
lead to the creation of British Leyland.
For the enthusiast, Leyland produced a
wide range of vehicles over the years
for both the domestic and international

Lavishly illustrated with an array of
rare and unpublished photographs,
Leyland Lorries is the perfect companion
for anyone wanting to learn more of the
Leyland story.
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100 Years of Fordson, Ford and New Holland Tractors 1917-2017
Written, designed and edited by
Jonathan Whitlam, this massive book
show the development of the tractors
built by Ford and New Holland, from
the Model F to the latest T Series
Using almost entirely modern
photography, the book is split into
four sections; Fordson, Ford, New
Holland and Living Legacy, all of
which combine to tell the story from
Henry Ford's first agricultural
tractor to the huge sophisticated New
Holland giants of today.
Fully illustrated appendices include
details of the many other companies
with a connection to the blue
tractors; such as conversion builders
and those that have been merged over
the years to form the CNH Industrial
The aim of the book was to not only
celebrate 100 years of the Ford
tractor, but also to show as many of
the different models built over that
time as possible and how both Ford,
Fiat and Case IH DNA was successfully
merged together to form the modern
A lot can change over the course of a
century - and this book proves just
how much the farm tractor has evolved
- and its all there in photographs as
The book is hardback, consists of 528
pages and includes over 1270 full
colour photographs. It is published by
Blue Force and was officially launched
on 11th January 2017 at the New
Holland factory in Basildon.
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Nuffield Universal Three and Universal Four Tractor Workshop Manual
An A4, 350 pages good quality
reproduction of and original workshop
manual for the Nuffield Universal
Three and Universal Four Tractors.
Packed with informative diagrams, text
and photographs.

Spirally bound with a laminated cover
for easy use.

Contents include
Engine OEC Three-Cylinder Diesel, OAE
Four-Cylinder Diesel, ETC, ETD Petrol
& V.O.
Ignition ETC, ETD Petrol & V.O.
Cooling System All Diesels, ETC, ETD
Petrol & V.O.
Fuel System OEC Three-Cylinder Diesel,
OAE Four-Cylinder Diesel, ETC, ETD
Petrol & V.O.
Clutch OEC Three-Cylinder Diesel, OAE
Four-Cylinder Diesel
Gearbox & Transmission Universal
Three, Universal Four
Steering Gear All Models
Front Axel All Models
Wheels & Tyres Universal Three,
Universal Four
Braking System All Models
Electrical System All Diesels, ETC,
ETD Petrol & V.O.
Lubrication All Diesels, ETC, ETD
Petrol & V.O.
Optional Equipment All Models
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British Tractors A History of Tractors Made or Used in Britain
Benjamin Phillips
The story of British tractors has its
beginnings a century ago and continues
to the present day. Many of these
tractors were developed by British
companies, a significant number of
which grew to become major
manufacturers in later years. The
demand for home food production
through two World Wars also gave a
boost to American manufacturers and
many of the best known tractor model
names in Britain were originally
American; some were imported but large
numbers also came to be built in
Britain. In recent years the number of
British-based manufacturers has
dwindled, although New Holland
produces tractors for the world market
from its base in Basildon, and
competition now comes from around the

This book is a survey of all the most
significant tractor types to be built
or operated in Britain from the early
years of the 20th century to the
present day. It is arranged by
manufacturer, with a short history and
survey of the tractor manufacturer and
its models. The book is heavily
illustrated throughout with examples
of significant tractor models through
the ages.

Some of these tractor names still
survive today in the form of the many
thousands of historical vehicles that
are preserved and can be seen at shows
- often in action or in agricultural

Although written by an expert, this is
a highly accessible and affordable
title which will appeal to both
enthusiasts and those...
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Massey Ferguson Tractors
Johathan Whitlam
Massey Ferguson Tractors takes up the
story of Massey Ferguson tractors from
1957, after the merger of Massey-Harris
and Ferguson, when the red-and-grey
colour scheme was used for the first
time. The author describes the early
models that were to establish Massey
Ferguson’s reputation for rugged
reliability and adaptability: the 35
and 65 models of the 1960s led to the
larger 1100, 1085 and 1155 models,
while, in the 1970s and 1980s, greater
demands for comfort saw the arrival of
the 500 and 600 series. Overall, the
range performs all tasks, from the
basic and popular to what is needed by
the tractor powerhouses of modern
industrial farming. Moreover, with all
the latest developments included,
Massey Ferguson Tractors brings the
reader completely up to date, as well
as offering a look at what the future
might bring.

With a wide range of modern photography
covering both preserved and working
examples, this is a fresh and
comprehensive view of the one of the
agricultural world’s most popular
manufacturers of tractors, considering
the tractors in relation to the time in
which they were built as well as by the
standards of today.
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Whitlock Brothers A history family, farm, forage works, foundry and factory
Adrian Corder-Birch, D.L
Whitlock Brothers - A history of the
family, farms, forage works, foundary
and factory at Great Yeldham.
They initially farmed on an extensive
scale and later owned a brickworks,
chaff works and an agricultural
engineering works. This was
established in 1899 as Whitlock
Brothers and gradually expanded to
include a foundry and carpentry shops.
All types of agricultural machinery,
wagons, carts and trailers, together
with a variety of wooden buildings were

In 1941 Whitlcok Bros. Ltd was
incorporated and the company gradually
diversified in to earthmoving
machinery. The Whitlock Dinkum Digger
was the first ever tractor-mounted
hydraulic excavator-loader, now
commonly known as JCBs, some two years
before JCB or any other competitor.
This was followed by the first
hydraulic dredger, known as the
Whitlock Dinkum Dredger for clearing
rivers and cannals and what was then
the largest hydraulic drill rig in the
world. In 1960 the first Dinkum
Dumpers were built, followed in 1963 by
Britain's first Hydrostatic Dumpers.
The name of 'Whitlock' was synonymous
with earth moving equipment and became
known around the world. Sadly
following a takeover, the Great Yeldham
factor closed. A subsidiary company in
Australia was established, with a
network of distributors in many

Contains many archive photographs and
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David Brown Tractors
Jonathan Whitlam
This book covers the whole history of
David Brown tractors from 1939 to the
closure of the company in 1988. It
describes the models developed at the
factory in Huddersfield, Yorkshire and
how they evolved over time. It also
covers the many innovative features that
were pioneered by David Brown, including
hydraulic systems and transmissions.
From the early Type A tractor developed
with Harry Ferguson, through the
independently developed David Brown
models, including the Cropmaster, the
900 Series and the Selectamatic range of
1965, through the 90 and 94 Series and
also touching on other David Brown
inspired machinery, this book covers
every aspect of David BRown tractor

It also includes discussion of the
mergers with the US Case company and
International Harvester before the
ultimate demise of David Brown in the
face of a worldwide slump, this book is
a concise but complete account of what
was a leading British tractor

Softback, 96 pages, 147 full colour
photographs, £14.99 plus postage and
Please order below according to the
country you wish the book to be sent to
as postage and packing costs vary
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RHA Timewarp Transport BR Vehicles in Malta
Vintage Roadscene



British lorries, buses, vans and cars
that were still on the road and at work
in the sun, long after they left the
roads in the UK.
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Working with Harry Ferguson
John Farnworth
John Farnworth is an internationally
recognized author on the history of
Massey-Harris, Ferguson and Massey
Ferguson and has written some
substantive books on the subject
covering various aspects of the
companies’ history, plus many articles
in enthusiasts’ magazines.

This latest book is unique in that it
seeks to reveal some of the essential
nature of the personality and character
of the agricultural engineering genius
Harry Ferguson. This insight is derived
from the writings of two of his most
senior colleagues James Duncan and
Hermann Klemm and a large number of
communications between Ferguson and his
senior staff in both the UK and the USA.
Duncan was one of Canada’s senior
industrialist of the day and served
Massey-Harris for 46 years finishing his
career with tem as President.

He was used to negotiating extensively
at every level of the business and with
governments. During the war he also
headed up Massey-Harris’s production of
tanks and other armaments. He was
effectively to become Ferguson’s “boss”
when M-H bought out Ferguson in 1953 –
something which Ferguson did not quite
appreciate was his destiny!

Hermann Klemm was born in Germany and
solidly Teutonic, an engineer through
and through form an aeronautical
background. He was Ferguson’s senior
engineer in Detroit. These tow
personalities were vey contrasting and
totally different to the highly
independently minded Ferguson. The ...
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Swift Caravans
Andrew Jenkinson
Starting in 1965, when Swift found
success with its early models, this
book follows the development of Swift
Caravans to the present day, where it
has grown into a multi-brand leisure
vehicle producer. The author describes
the early models, which became popular
with distinctive features such as the
tri-front window. By the early 1970s,
the Swift name had become established
and the company started to move into
the upper clubman market with the
introduction of the Corniche range.

Continuing into the 1980s with a
spirit of innovation, Swift improved
its designs with wind-tunnel
technology and produced lighter
tourers alongside the manufacture of
coachbuilt motorhomes. The company
continued to expand with the
acquisition of Cotswold Coachcraft and
later Sprite Leisure, Bessacarr, Ace,
Award and Autocruise, plus a tie up
with US Airstream travel trailers.

The author also covers the latest
developments in what has now become
the Swift Group, including further
brand acquisitions and expansion
abroad. Written by an acknowledged
expert in caravans, motorhomes and
holiday static caravans, this book is
an essential guide to a great British
manufacturing success story.
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John Deere Tractors
Jonathan Whitlam
John Deere is one of the world’s
leading tractor companies and this
fascinating book brings together the
full account of production in both the
United States and in Europe. Using
modern photography and a largely
chronological account of tractor
development, the author provides an
excellent overview of the evolution of
John Deere tractors over the decades.

Starting with the early two-cylinder
tractors developed in the USA and
moving through the creation of multi-
cylinder engines after the takeover of
the Lanz business in Germany, the book
covers the 40 and 50 series of the
late 1980s and the innovations in the
1990s when John Deere effectively re-
invented the tractor with their full-
frame designs.

Bringing the reader right up to date
with the latest designs that bristle
with technological sophistication and
covering the evolution of John Deere
tractor development, this book will be
an essential read for both John Deere
enthusiasts and all those interested
in the history of tractors, old and
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Volvo Lorries
Bill Reid
Car production at Volvo began in 1926
in Stockholm with a prototype. By 1927
small goods vehicles based on the car
designs were in production at
Gothenburg, and heavier three-tonners
were being produced by 1928.

Already known for their robust cars,
Volvo lorries first came to British
roads in 1967 after Jim McKelvie, a
former road haulier, saw the need for
better trucks than UK manufacturers
were producing at the time, and
imported the Volvo F86 model as a
30/32 ton artic unit. The lorry was
light, had a high power-to-weight
ratio and provided incomparable
comfort for the driver. It took the UK
market by storm.

This early import was the forerunner
of later Volvo trucks across the
entire range, with various models of
bus chassis also being introduced to
the UK markets. Volvo production has
gone forward in leaps and bounds,
today being a major player on the
world stage.

Though a relative newcomer to the UK
scene, Volvos have gained a very large
following. Lavishly illustrated with
rare and unpublished photographs,
Volvo Lorries traces their history in
Britain from the early F86 imports of
the 1960s to the FH16 750 bhp fleet
flagships seen on the roads today.
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British Livestock Lorries
Bill Reid
Long before motorised transport,
movement of animals was by means of
walking individual beasts, or by
herding or droving. Much of the road
system around Britain evolved from the
routes taken by the drovers and their
herds. With the coming of the
railways, animals for market went by
train. This type of traffic was a good
income for the railways, with their
mass or bulk transport facility.

In the early twentieth century,
livestock haulage was slow in
starting, mainly because the lorries
of the time were small and couldn’t
compete with the railways. However, by
the 1930s larger and stronger lorries
were available and local livestock
haulage became a viable proposition,
eventually taking over from the
railways entirely.

Livestock road haulage was usually
done with a basic platform lorry and a
demountable livestock container. These
could be anything from home-built to
coachbuilt types by specialist
builders. The construction was usually
in hardwood, until the advent of steel
and aluminium. In more recent times,
much larger and more powerful vehicles
have evolved to cater for animal
welfare and driving time.

With the diverse range of appearances
and colour schemes seen on these
vehicles over the years, Bill Reid’s
terrific array of photographs will
fascinate lorry enthusiasts and
agriculture enthusiasts alike.
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Road Haulage Archive Body Language
Vintage Roadscene
RHA Body Language

Commercial Vehicle Bodies from
Dropsiders to Pantechnicons

A pictorial survey of Commercial
bodywork from the 1920s to the 1970s
featuring many previously unpublished
photos from the archives.
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