VIG / Tugmaster or What is it????

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VIG / Tugmaster or What is it????

Post by stanley1 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:31 pm

Hi, brought this tractor home yesterday after looking it at christmas thanks to a tip off from jimc1390. It has a local registration number and a chasis / vin number of VTK128524 (according to log book)registered 06/09/1946. The brass plate isn't on to confirm, is there a stamped number anywhere?

The more recent history is confirmed, of late being on a farm in west cornwall, previously used to winch rocks for sea defences, prior to that majority of life in a West Cornwall Saw Mill, that is all confirmed. It is supposed to have been supplied new to RNAS Culdrose, Helston, Cornwall, then ending up at the Saw Mill.

What is a bit strange is that it has a square front casting, cropmaster type which I think came in in 1947 and a diesel engine. There is also a implematic dash, hence the loss of the brass plate. The colour is yellow (under the red), but there is further red, grey and more yellow underneath. ANY THOUGHTS????

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Post by jimc1390 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:37 pm

be keen to see what turns up, i aint got a clue wit these old girls
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Post by jimc1390 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:42 pm

get hold of les hosking bet she is a t.f. hoskings job
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RE: VIG / Tugmaster or What is it????

Post by Guest » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:44 pm

Dan, look on the chassis, side of gearbox area behind the brake/clutch pedal right hand side of tractor. Brass ID plate often attached there on others I've seen.

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Post by stanley1 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:04 pm

Thanks Tim, I have gone all over it, def no plates, I was hoping that there would be a stamp like the later tractors have on the tombstone.
Any thoughts on that chasis number?

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Post by nevilleporter » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:48 am

Here is a photo of a Thresherman, it was a VIG tug with a front belt pulley fitted.
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Post by richbug » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:26 pm

My thoughts, given Neville's identification: Wow... lots of sheet metal to fabricate.
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Post by vak1c100 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:38 pm

Hi there

Square fronts came in during mid 1950, so if she is 1946 theres been plenty of replacement parts! Your best bet is to see if its got a cropmaster or vak1 rear axle. If its got a vak1 rear axle there should be a date cast into the backside of it (right about where the right hand ramshaft casting would sit on a cropmaster).

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Post by stanley1 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:57 pm

checked the axle and there's a number 5152 8.
Has a look in the Allan T Condie & John Melloy book, there's a war time VIG with identical wheels, footplates and winch, but it's a rear and side shot. Also in the book is a post war, but this has a diff front axle to ours.

Had a good scrape around and the original paint is yellow, and it seems to be everywhere.

A local fabricalor is up for making the winds as long as i give templates!

Thanks

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