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* News Update

Posted on September 7th, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under News.

Toolbox fitted

I Finally got the tool box fitted to the radius arm of my TEF-20 tonight. below picture showing the before and after. I should have fitted the tool box to the left hand rear mudguard as my serial number dictated. It was only later in production that the tool box was fitted to the radius arm. Later FE-35’s also had their toolboxes fitted to the radius arm.
Tool Box Before

Before as it arrived.

Tool Box Fitted

Tool Box as fitted tonight.

9S-KE-20 Update

Its amazing how small a Ferguson implement shrinks down to once  you’ve taken it apart. Here is my S9-KE-20 all ready to go off to the shot blasters,.




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* News Update

Posted on August 7th, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General, News.



I finally remembered to take the spanners with me to Durham so I could fit the hook to the underside of the tractor at Beamish. It’s only been on the list of to do’s for 4 months. They now have all the items for the Autohitch information here

They have a very handsome 3 ton Massey Ferguson trailer which can now be pulled around site behind the Ferguson(when they can dig it out of it’s current position).
Beamish Massey Ferguson Trailer


D-FE-20 Welded

I also had a look at the post hole digger which was still attached to the tractor after the last time it was used. The gearbox looks original but the thing that struck me was the two arms that come out of the tractor have been fabricated from plate and welded. They look fantastic.

Flickr Photo’s of the Post hole digger here

Original Parts

Lower Link Bolts

And finally a small purchase from the weekend. When I first got my tractor I replaced the lower link arms thinking nice new ones would be much better as the old ones where worn. I couldn’t get the bolts out of the holes that go through the middle of the lower link arms so I cut them off and replaced them with nice new ones. Obsessed as I have increasing become with all things looking original the modern replacement bolts have been screaming at me for a couple of years now “I look wrong”. So I am extremely happy to find these on eBay tonight. Normally they are still attached to the lower link arms and sell for a lot of money.

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* Anniversary

Posted on July 21st, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under News.

This year sees some milestone dates.

75 years of the Ferguson Brown

I don’t really know much about the Ferguson brown era other than they where produced up the road in Huddersfield. It is the the Ferguson Club who is promoting the 75th anniversary this year. I understand the Ferguson Club stand at the Newark show will make the Ferguson A or Ferguson Brown it’s featured tractor this year. I think they are trying to get as many together as possible. 12th-13th November £10 a ticket (£8.50 in advance)

60 years since the first TEF-20 was produced at Banner Lane

There haven’t been any records  for 1951 production at banner lane to survive. I therefore have no way of knowing when the first TEF-20 came off the production line, so having a think about it. I wondered if I could have a guess at a date. There were 73,498 tractors produced in 1951. Or  201.4 tractors per day. Starting at serial number 167,837 I think the first TEF-20 was 200,000? so that is 32,163 tractors worth of production fron January 1st 1951 or at 201.4 tractors a day thats 160 days meaning  Saturday 9th June 1951 tractor 200,000 was produced. Anyone know of any other way?

25 years of The Ferguson Club

The annual get together was held earler this year at Beamish. I was unable to attend but I see the 2012 annual general meeting and members weekend will be in SHEFFIELD on 20th-21st of April. I will be going to the Whole weekend.



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* 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.


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.
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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* Transport Box page updated

Posted on June 8th, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under News.

I’m getting very behind as I have a lot of emails to reply to. John Webster your answers are on the linked page.

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* News Update

Posted on June 3rd, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General, News.

Diesel Injector spanner

Ferguson Diesel Spanner

I have had delivered today the Diesel Injector spanner I won on eBay. This is another of the original tools supplied with a Diesel Ferguson tractor I think from the parts list it is item 107613, Spanner – Special Ring.

I first found out about this spanner from  oz wrenches scroll down the page and you will see how the spanner is used.

I must get in contact with the owner of the site again and ask  ” How does he get his spanners black and shiny?” is it just paint?

Post Hole Borer at Beamish

Beamish Auger

I would love to have been there. Chris said he’d drilled about 8 holes and it was easier than trying to dig them by hand. I wanted more pictures and video. Chris took this picture with his phone, more hopefully to follow. Chris also said the holes where a bit big for what they wanted but with this being the only auger they had it was better than nothing.

Transport Box Parts

Transport Box Parts

I have been drawing parts on the computer so that a friend could make them up for me. I love to get the parts laser cut if I can as they are so much neater than me making them. I also needed some welding doing and I’m not great at welding YET!  drawings available soon on the (Transport  box page)

Spring tine parts,

I have also asked another friend who has access to strips of  EN45 spring steel if he could make 2 spring tines for the spring tine cultivator, one has always been missing and the other snapped whilst I was dismantling it. His company also make shovels, the tractor kind not the hand tool kind. He thinks he might be able to get hold of the odd nine for me.


As I get more used to the ways I can post to twitter I’m getting more into Twitter. It allows me to post short quick posts, now I know how it works. The posts I make appear in the  grey box on the right and are more frequently posted than these main articles.

Steiner tractors

I have never heard of this company. It’s an American parts company with a massive internet site. I was first mad aware of them from a posting on the FoFH forum about the smiths hour/rev meter.

In the USA there was a similar gauge  but it connected to the tractor’s dynamo in a different way. The current price iIve seen one of the Smiths gauges and cable and clips and dynamo attachment was £1000. so at £140 including UK delivery from the states I wondered if a bracket could be made up to get the gauge working with a UK dynamo. I’m still investigating this as I now need to know how fast the different gauges revolve at! Watch this space. also on this page are instructions on fitting and a nice original brochure

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* TEF-20 Brakes

Posted on February 21st, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under News.

It was my birthday on Saturday and so I was allowed a pass out for the day by my good lady wife to tinker with my tractor to my hearts content, unfortunatly the 3 inches of snow we awoke to on Saturday morning put pay to my plans.

I did manage to get out on Sunday for a couple of hours. The main aim of the day was 1. swap the wheels onto the 48inch centre settings to see if the tractor would go into the garage any easier and 2. investigate the brakes of my TEF-20 something I have to confess I haven’t ever touched since owning the tractor some 6 years ago.

Things all went well.

I initially used the Ferguson tractor Jack to remove the back wheels. unmelted snow from the day before is still visible on the ground.

One Wheel Off

I started by looking at the right hand brake. the one I thought I would have a problem with. I have seen Hydraulic oil dripping down the wheel centre when the tractor has been parked in the garage for a while. A sure sign that the seals on the trumpet housing are leaking. So I wasn’t expecting what I actually found.

Right Brake Drum

Both brake drums where covered in oil. These are the later Floating Cam type of brakes.

Floating Cam Brake Parts

Rear Axle Parts

On closer inspection something didn’t look right. there was a great chunk of gasket material hanging down inside the unit.

Right Brake Gasket

Righ Brake Gasket Other Shot

What a botch job by a previous owner.

There wasn’t much more I could do at this point. I didn’t have the time or space or parts to fix the problem. This is a job for a warm summers weekend I think. I did check the adjustment of the brakes and all was working fine.

Both Wheels Off

So just enough time to take the other wheel off. A note here the modern trolley jack under the tractor was just in case and took no weight.

The other side was dry as a bone. I opened it up a little and all seemed well. I know this side of the tractor is stopping well.

Left Brake OK

So finally to swap the rims and centres around and put her back in the garage. After all that there is a little more room in the garage as a result. I can’t wait to get new 11.2 x 28″ types on the back once the rims have been painted in the summer.

Wheels Back On

48 inch Wheel Setting

So a shopping list for the summer.

A. Brake lining kit.

B. 2 x item 29. pinion Adjuster from the brake parts diagram both are a bit worn

C. In the instructions on refitting the brakes it says replace items 9, 7 & 27 the springs. Does anyone do this?

D. I’m hoping it is item 2 gasket housing outer from the rear axle housing part list that needs replacing and none of the shims as I understand they are expensive but also a set amount of shims is on each axle to allow the half shafts to float (not touch each other)

I already have the inner seals item 18 as my tractor is later than 325,000 when inner seals where added to trumpet housings. I am not going to replace the outer seals without first looking at the condition of the bearings.

Some black spray paint.

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* Change to access

Posted on February 3rd, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under News.

If you access it won’t be available from later today for 24hours whilst I change service providers. It’s all a cost saving exercise but normal service should be resumed by Saturday 5th Feb.

You will still be able to access so change your shortcut.

If you didn’t notice any difference then you won’t. The changes have been completed


* TE-20 Hydraulics DVD now Available

Posted on December 16th, 2010 by ploughmyfield. Filed under News, Suppliers.

The guys at have done it again. After there very successful 23c Engine rebuild DVD they’ve turned there attention to the TE-20. In the latest offering they look at overhauling the hydraulics of the TE-20. My copy is in the post and as soon as I’ve watched it a thousand times I’ll be reviewing it for you lot.

Details of  the DVD costing 19.99 can be  found at the link below as well as how to purchase.

Hopefully next on the list will be the TEF-20’s 20c engine rebuild or the Standard motor companies TEA-20 petrol engine.

Keep up the good work guys.

If you’ve bought a copy add a comment below of what you think.

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* Tractor Cover Modifications

Posted on January 13th, 2010 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General, Lighting, News.

As a Ferguson tractor restorer I’ve had to learn lots of new skills in order to further the tractors restoration progress, Painting, rebuilding engines, driving, electronics, hydraulics. Tonight I think I’ve put into practice my most unusual skill sewing. Not sowing crops but with a needle and thread.

Late last year I was lucky enough to purchase a very good copy of a Ferguson tractor cover. The pattern had been taken from an original cover. There was however one thing missing. It had the Ferguson logo printed on both sides, It had cord to hold the cover down around the tractor, It ever had panels of soft cotton inside so the side lights would not get scratched. Missing was a slot at the end of the bonnet with a pocket to take the single headlight. I of course on my tractor have such a headlight. So the cover has been draped half heartedly over the tractor until now.

Yesterday I visited the person who sold me the cover and I took a pattern from his original cover which DOES have the pocket in.

Tonight I’ve been eagerly turning that paper template into a trial version of the light cover. I hope to make or have made a canvas version once I’m happy with the dimensions.

The start:

I found an old shirt with a whole in the arm that I wear whilst in the garage. Ideal for the job of being cut up and used as trial fabric.

The Pattern:

I cut out the panels to match the measurement I tool last night. The front is one panel, the back is in 3 pieces to match the curved shape of the back of the 7″ diameter FT57 lamp.


The three back panels have been stitched together first from the middle out to make them symetrical.

Finished Stitching:

Now the back is stitced on as well. The cover is inside out as the moment.


With the cover turned inside out so all the stiching is on the inside I tried the cover, it fits. The only change, I think I will allow more material all the way round the templates to allow for stitching but on the whole I’m please with this first attempt. now I have to find som canvers similar to the cover, unpick the stiching in the cover and sow the finished lamp pocket in.

15/01/2009 Update

I’ve updated the template and made all panels 1/2″ bigger to allow room for a seams to be added. The cover made from thin cotton is a snug fit so with stiff canvas the light might not have fitted over.

I’ve taken the cover and template to:
M & N Canvas Service LTD

They say it will take about a week to carry out the modifications. I was also told visually the new canvas will look brighter.

29/01/2010 Update

I’ve got the cover back and it looks fab. It’s not 100% as I wanted it but it’s close. The colour difference is the most noticeable  think at the moment. I also had my pocket larger than the normal/original one as the normal size tends to be to tight.

Here  is an original cover and pocket.


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