* Arrival of parts

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under News.


Original Tool Box

I keep asking myself the question, “am I mad or stupid or am I doing the right thing?”  I bought not so long ago on eBay an original Ferguson tool box to go on my tractor.  A slight issue arose that, the tool box was still attached to the radius arms and offered as a complete item. I didn’t need the radius arms and arranged with the seller for him to post me the tool box and clips still attached for free and he could keep the arms.

Tool Box Still Attached

So now the toolbox has arrived and it looks Fabulous. It’s now going to take a lot of hard work to make it look nice and shiny.

Tool  Box Front

Tool Box Back

So now the question. Why am I going through all this when I could just buy a new, reproduction tool box that wouldn’t need much doing to it and would cost less? All I would have to do is  rub it down and paint is. Not remove the layers of old paint surface rust an grime, then prime, then paint.

To me the original one still has far more appeal. It was once on a tractor, it was made for the tractor. Some how it seems more right? does anyone else think like this?

New Tool Box
This picture shows the type of item that can be bought cheaper and new on eBay.

Chains

A big thank you to Matt for welding the chains for me. I have now completed a few original looking chain sets which attach to the top link. The idea dehind them was you never loos the pins that go trough the top link as the chains prevent them getting lost.

Not many of these seem to have survived I imagine they broke, ware out or got damaged. The pin and latch pin I got from Dunlop tractor parts (northern Ireland) who had a stand at the Newby Hall show I attanded a couple of weeks ago.

Transporter Box hooks

This section I’m hoping isn’t going to turn into a rant. The pin in the picture below which cost 30p from Dunlop Tractor spares. I bought 10 as I thought they where such a bargain, Should be fitted to all Ferguson tractors. DON’T fit the pins with the round ends. Anyway, removing the pear shaped end it can be attached to the hooks on the transporter box (Link Box)

by using the pear shaped ends instead of the round ones you guanentee there will be no rotation and the end won’t fall out.

Transport Box Clip Up

Transport Box Clip Down

below you can see someone who was used the round ends on the hooks for there Transport Box

Transport Box Hook

Speculative Purchase

I bought this spring not really needing it. Do you know what it does?

Top Link Spring

Well it attaches a heavy implement to the tractor, just below the top link on the fixed pin. You also need to use the toplink to connect to the implenment at the same time.

In the Potato Planter instruction book it is listed as a balance spring in the parts list.

Balance Spring

To me it seems to aid the toplink sensing with heavy implements added, such as The potato planter.

Spring in place

I’ve seen it used on other implements aswell. It’s the kind of item that you would look forever to find when you need one. It’s going to be hanging in the garage until I need it.

I did then spot a more complete one once I’d bought this one.  But I think it’s just a metal bracket at the end that’s missing from the one I bought and it shouldn’t be that difficult to fabricate.


Item then found on eBay in a more complete condition!

Hi Tim,
You are correct, the spring does assist sensing. It is best used on
very light draft requirement implements such as the weeder and
steerage hoe. It pulls the top link into the compression spring
(effectivly weakening said spring) enabling the implement to follow
ground contours even more acurately. A heavey draft implement such as
the plough does not require such fine control and indeed would have
impaired performance if it were deployed.
The assister spring enhances and fine tunes the level of
‘fingertip control’ within the ‘Ferguson System’.
It has often been misunderstood and discarded as a nuisance to fit.
Regards
Tim Webb.

Implements the spring was fitted to…..

  • P-PE-B20, PPE20, Potato Planter, Non chitted
  • M-KE-A21, Weeder
  • ID-KE-20, D-KE-20, IB-KE-20, B-KE-20, Steerage hoe Rigid & Independent gang
  • G-BE-20, G-DE-20, Disc harrow, offset

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5 Responses to “Arrival of parts”

  1. René Says:

    Hello Tim,

    to awnser the question that at the top of this :

    defenatly, no, yess

    I can’t find a toolbox that’s still in tact to the point it’s usable as is over here in Holland so I’ll be fitting a repro one but. If I had managed to find one ,and I still might ,I would have gone for original !.

    Regards,

    René.

  2. Shane OZ Says:

    Tim, looking at the toolbox you have just purchased makes me think I will keep my much modified original toolbox which I have considered replacing with a reproduction. Mine has had a new bottom welded in and new general harware shop hinges welded on by a blind man with a stick (arc) welder (apologies I am a qualified engineer / welder) mig would have made it so much more nice, so it seems mine isn’t so bad when I look at yours it appears the tool box was made from left over sheet metal looking at the join that is on the rear side not visible from the front.
    Our Mr. Ferguson never one to waste anything and make use of every last piece of metal before putting the leftovers in the scrap bin!!

  3. ploughmyfield Says:

    Thanks for that Shane, I thought I’d got a good one!

  4. llewelyn Says:

    No your not crazy, go for it, i go to almost extreme lengths to preserve the original parts ,welding in patches and smoothing out dents.I am not to bothered about telltale weld marks,ripples etc as they are part of the machines history.
    My toolbox spent a day in the electrolytic bath,than 5 min. wirebrushing and looks really good even though it was in very similar condition to yours.The bath really cuts out the elbow grease.

  5. Guest Says:

    Dear Ploughmyfield,
    Love your work and dedication, restoring original parts. You go!!
    I would very much like for you to tell, or describe, possible showing what kind of original tools that was inside the toolbox up on delivery back in the days. Regarding both TE-20 and FE35
    I know that the fuel level measuring stick was one of many things. Please tell, show us.

    Keep up the good work.

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