Visitors to this weekend’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be able to take a closer look at one of the largest purpose-built tractors ever made in Australia.BARBARA SUNGAILA February 14, 2014 4:03am
Nifty Engineering’s Neville Dunn with 1960s colossus Ol’ Rusty which will be on display at this weekend’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.
Visitors to this weekend’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be able to take a closer look at one of the largest purpose-built tractors ever made in Australia.
Ol’ Rusty is powered by an engine from an old power station and is fitted with a gearbox from a Centurion tank
Weighing in at a hefty 25 tonnes, it is is over 9m long; more than 6m wide with its triple rear wheels installed and has a 120-litre engine that pushes out about 750kW.
Expo director Colin Stray said the machine was built to order in the 1960s by Nifty Engineering in Holbrook, NSW, and had not been seen in Victoria before.
‘‘I was bowled over when I saw the size of it and I know it will be a great additional attraction at this year’s Expo,’’ Mr Stray said.
The huge green tractor will take pride of place near the display of steam-powered engines and visitors will have the opportunity to climb aboard.
Nifty Engineering’s Murray Cook said Ol’ Rusty was built in the early 1960s for a broadacre farmer who had a bold idea and a big bank account.
‘‘It’s certainly one of the biggest one-off machines ever built here,’’ Mr Cook said.
The original order had a number of definite specifications, including enough room to take the whole family to church.
The expo starts Friday at Kings Park, Seymour.
For more information, visit www.seymour-expo.com
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