Photograph of tractor radiator test rig.

Part of a collection of photographs, negatives, moving film, artefacts, documents and trade literature belonging to the H. V. McKay Sunshine Collection. The McKay collection is regarded as one of the most significant industrial heritage collections in Australia. The collection relates to the agricultural manufacturing firm, the Sunshine Harvester Works. The Australian operations of this company were originally founded by Hugh V. McKay in the 1890s in Ballarat. Between 1906 and 1907, McKay moved production to Sunshine where the firm became one of the largest industrial businesses in Australia. Change in ownership is a recurring theme in the company's history. In 1930, it merged with Massey-Harris to become H.V McKay Massey Harris. In the mid-1950s, the company was absorbed by Canadian agricultural firm Massey-Ferguson. Production in Sunshine ceased in the mid-1980s, following almost 100 years of manufacturing agricultural equipment.

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A radiator is mounted in a test rig at the Sunshine testing laboratory of Massey Ferguson. This unit subjects a radiator to fluctuations of pressure and severe shaking action simulating the most arduous of operating conditions to test general durability of the radiator. The bumping effect is equivalent to 20,000 cycles at 4G. Pressure flluctuations are of 17 p.s.i. also for 20,000 cycles. Caption in Massey-Ferguson Review August 1969

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Black and white photograph

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