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* Brakes – That work

Posted on July 24th, 2016 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.


Over a year ago I fitted new brakes to my TE-F20 tractor as the old ones were saturated in hydraulic oil from a leaky seal on the trumpet housing. Don’t worry I replaced the seals at the same time and cleaned the whole break area of oil. Today I finally fitted new brakes and they work a treat. the old liners I originally fitted were bonded to the shoe and the material they are made from seems very hard. Last year at Newark (November)  I picked up from Sam Neill (The FOFH area representative for Northern Ireland) some really soft liners & copper rivets. He had bought them over from Ireland on the Tour bus. (leaving more space for them to take purchased items home with him) I found on eBay 4 brake shoes for £10, they actually included all the parts for the brakes apart from the drums. Next step was getting them shot blasted, painted and the new liners riveted on. The riveting process was a learning curve and the last shoe was better than the first!

As my family is away today and I’d completed all my tasks, shopping, mowing the lawn, washing etc I had enough time in the afternoon before going to the cinema to fit the new brakes. I used the trusty Ferguson jack to lift the back end up using the ferguson hydraulics and removed the wheels. I had help from Roger and Fred and the job was achieved in no time with a bit of friendly banter. I am super pleased with the results  as the tractor now stops within about 2 tractor lengths whilst driving in 4th gear at full speed, Result. Just in time to drive to the 85th Ashover show at the start of next month.

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To fit and adjust the brakes I followed the section P information in the Ferguson Manual, Invaluable.

The main area of adjustment once all was back together was stopping the tractor pulling to one side. This is achieved by slackening off the side that the tractor pulls towards, then have another go


Eventually I could lock the wheels of the tractor and the front didn’t pull left or right. Another job sorted and I feel much happier that the tractor will now stop when I put my foot on the brakes!

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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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* Brake Latch Upgrade A-TE-128

Posted on January 14th, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

Parking Brake Latch

Brake Latch Fitted
I first saw the above Brake Latch modification about 7 years ago on a friends tractor. Later TE-20’s where fitted with this from the factory. It is possible to buy a kit to change the latch from the more common version that was fitted to the majority of Fergies. Originally to operate the brake you have to using your hand hold the latch in place as you put your foot on the brake pedal to take it off it’s a reverse of the process. Using the modified latch you flick the spring operated latch with your foot and then as you apply the brake the spring keeps the latch in place. To disengage use your foot to knock the latch off and away you go.

(picture of common latch)

I mistakenly bought just the spring (Sparex Part S.1766) 5 years ago on the internet without the latch and pawl thinking I’d bought everything I needed.
Sparex Spring Kit

Full Kit (Sparex Part S.43249) Latch, Spring, Pawl, Pin

My interest in the easier to use and safer brake latch was reignited recently with a post on the FoFH forum from a member who had been given one of the kits for Christmas and didn’t know how to fit it. There was advice and banter from the FoFH members on how to fit the kit.
There is a hole that needs to be drilled in the foot brake pedal to accommodate the spring and a diagram was used to demonstrate the location.

Hole Size
Image curtesy of René de Bruin (click to enlarge)

Having some of the parts I thought I’d have another go at making it work on my tractor . I have a friendJohn Gunnee with a big pillar drill so I took the brake pedal to him and he accurately drilled the 3mm hole in.

Then a couple of nights ago I spotted this on eBay as I was doing the usual Ferguson searches.
Foot Brake & Pawl

It says in the description it is an  “original MF Latch and Pawl”
It looks good and the only problem maybe how worn the pawl is. So when is arrives and I’ve sourced a pin I’ll let you know how I get on fitting it and how good it is.

19/01/2011 -Update

The eBay item arrived. when I opened the packet it looked way to big for my little tractor, but holding it up it appears to be the right size. I have to get a new pin to go through the centre as the existing one is to small. Where do I get a Pin from?

Hopefully this will be one of many articles looking at meaningful improvement you can make to your 60 year old tractor.


Clevis Pin Inches

The pin from above is a Clevis pin and they are readily available from a number of online places. The imperial equivalent is 5/16″ diameter x 1 1/4″ long.

I’ve assembled the upgraded latch with the old pin in for now to test how good it is. It’s good and it now needs a fresh coat of paint before I attach it back onto the tractor. Below you can see the latch inoperation on the tractor.


Brake Latch Upgrade. A-TE-128
Looking through the archive section of the FOFH website (only members of FoFH can browse the Archive section) I came across a brake latch accessory article (FP591) which was printed in June 1955 stating that “Now a standard fitting on all new Ferguson tractors this accessory is available as a kit for easy fitting to older tractors” The kit was Part number A-TE-128. So when did all new Ferguson tractors start to be fitted with the parking brake latch?

Readers Testemony
Hi Tim. I’ve just watched your video of the brake latch, I fitted one last year and it’s one of the best things I’ve fitted. With mine all I have to do to release it is flip it back and push down on the brake pedal. The spring then flips the catch back and you are away. I fitted mine because I had a slight run away with my Fergi when I inadvertently pushed the pedal down when I was getting off one day. Fitting the latch has cured this because if I tread on the pedal with the latch locked it just puts the brake on harder. I am also restoring a Link box but mine started off in better condition than yours. Keep up the great work with the website it is brilliant.Best wishes.Bob

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