Wrecks and Relics !!
Over the years whilst using and restoring our combines the spares situation is not as plentifull now as it was even a decade ago despite the thousands of machines built at Kilmarnock and Brantford,most combine breakers have little in the way of spares for 400/500 models and with that in mind whenever you hear of someone breaking a combine its worth the trip to salvage practicaly anything! to be honest on our small acreage the chance of using any of these spares is quite small ie gear box, wobble box, hy-dl pump,spare walker, but these parts would be vital to keep if only to gather dust but essential to keep these machines working in the future.
I have visited many places in order to remove parts from machines some combines should never of been broken as they were in mint condition but as now they are not really collectable because they can only be used for one job, they are a headache to store and move from a-to b but they were an essential piece of farm life and we are proud to keep these few machines back to highlight what has been an amazing journey through harvesting history.
Dismantling a combine isnt a very nice job i have done several and more often than not sustained cuts bruises and even minor burns!! but if you need specific parts it has to be done by hand with the use of a gas axe (oxy-cetlyne) .With the high price of scrap metal this last 2 /3yrs many machines have gone to china to probably return as frying pans or such like but for sure the items remade from there metal will probably live on as recycling is the the way of the world now.
These are a few photos of some machines that were used for spares unfortunately i never photographed all the machines that i visited.