* T-JE-A20 (MF 701) Link Box, Transport Box, Update2

Posted on October 6th, 2013 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

So this is how Saturday started with a shell of a Link box ready to be welded.

Start Shell

First to get tacked on was the front section which fitted like a dream. just a bit of hammering in the corners to bring them closer to the curve on the main box. I have heard that on some transport boxes the whole front was attached to the main section and just folded at the bottom leaving the two flaps on the side to be welded on. Has anyone got any pictures of this type of box?

Tacking The front one


Now the back frame. First we drilled out some holes to spot weld through the box to the frame underneath. The back frame was bent slightly hence the large amount of clamps to make sure it touched the sheet metal work. It wasn’t me but another Tim who did all the welding. He was fantastic and so fast. Much neater and more accurate than me!

Back Frame

So now we worked forward tacking on the frames as we went. It’s amazing how rigid the shape became the more support that for added.

The three frame members are the only original parts of the box I collected a couple of years ago to survive. I was keen to keep as much as possible but the sheet work was more holes than material!

Supports all on


Now we put in place the brackets on the front that attach to the lower link arms. We used a G-clamp to start with to check the position. The position was out by  1/4 ” but that wasn’t the biggest problem. The brackets aren’t bent enough at 18 degrees and they clash with the levelling arms.

front hooks


They need bending to at least 22 or 25 degrees.

Hook detail not right

On the whole though the box looks superb in place on the tractor and it all seems to be in proportion and looking right.

It was a strange concept putting the pins in the other side!


For some reason I stopped taking photo’s probably as time was tight. The 1″ angle along the edges was cut and tried in place. It hasn’t been fitted as there is a piece needed along the front that can’t be fitted until the brackets have been bent more on the front as the angle is cut to accommodate them. We didn’t have a heat source to heat the brackets up enough, so this will be done later this week.

Tim also completed the welding as so far all you can see is the tacks to keep the whole thing in place. It was a great Saturday morning and  great to work with someone else. My normal working practice is an hour in the garage after tea on my own. I can’t wait to get back to Tim’s to finish off. Look out for update 3 coming soon…..


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One Response to “T-JE-A20 (MF 701) Link Box, Transport Box, Update2”

  1. Lewis kaute Says:

    Hi, I’ve just bought a rough churn carrier and I’m planning on restoring it just like you have, my only problem is that I need the locating pins for the tail gate, the spring loaded catches, and the hook mechanisms for the link arms, is there any chance you can source them for me and I pay you accordingly, kind regards, Lewis

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