Posts Tagged ‘Lighting’

* Number Plate Modification

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

Until now I thought that modifications to the Lucas rear number plate bracket of a TE20 were done on an ad hoc basis. The photo below would prove otherwise. The picture comes from the Ferguson disk plough instruction manual and shows the rear of the tractor. It shows an extra part to the bracket allowing the rear light and number plate light to shine down instead of up. It also looks that the number plate itself has been moved up relative to the supporting bracket on the side of the mudguard.

I have noticed through my own and other peoples experience that if the light was attached below the number plate as is recommended ( the hole can be seen in the photograph) then the mower and other implements hit the reflector as they are raised to the transport position.

So does anyone have any more info or images of what the bracket modification looks like, was it an extra piece of sheet metal or a modification to the existing number plate section?

your thoughts please, better still do you have any pictures?

Until I have a definitive answer on what a bracket should look like I’ve made my own (see the images below). you can also download a copy of the drawings from the link so you can make your own if required. let me know if you make one and send me in a picture. I’ll be posting pictures of mine once it has been laser cut, painted and fitted.



Above showing the assembled number plate bracket



Above showing an exploded view of the new bracket



above A flat pattern template of the new bracket



Above dimensions of the new bracket


Download a PDF of the bracket here: TOP LIGHT BRACKET

[update 07/09/2016]

I’ve been asked for a dxf file of the part so it can be cut out with a laser or plasma. So here you are. I made the original from 3mm steel but I think that is to much. As MKII, I would use 2mm or even 1.5mm.

Download a DXF of the bracket here: TOP LIGHT BRACKET DXF (ZIP)


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* Lucas FT57 Bulbs

Posted on September 4th, 2013 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

The bulb on the Cyclops headlight has gone at some point since I last had the tractor out. It is amazing the price difference for a bulb on the internet. This is the specification of the bulb that fits my bulb holder. It is distinctive that the two lugs that stick out of the side of the bulb that hold the bulb in are different sizes with one being twice as long as the other.
Bulb Specification:
Bosch BA20s, (20)=20mm diameter, (S)=Single fillement  12 Volt, 45 Watts
Cheapest place I could find:

£1.90 (each bulb)  + 3.75 p&p
I got 3 bulbs as I hate paying P&P

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* The Lucas Lighting Set No. 302

Posted on August 22nd, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under Lighting, Manuals.

The reign of the Lucas Cyclops lighting set came to an end in 1953 with the United Kingdom Road Transport Lighting Act. The replacement was two headlights with integrated side lights and a whole different bracket to attach the number plate at the rear. How do I know this? I’ve received a 12 page document issued my Lucas containing fitting instructions for the 302 lighting set. It makes for fascinating reading.

Cable Routing

The above image, just one of many from the document, shows the routing and position of the No. 302 lighting system. What is equally interesting to me as a diesel tractor owner is the routing of the battery cables and clips between the two Lucas 6 volt batteries. The image also shows the optional hinged seat bracket. I just can’t put this document down and keep picking it up to check or investigate any number of aspects.

I find this next picture astounding, it shows the position the front lights should be mounted if a loader was fitted. It uses the standard brackets turned upside down and bent to suit.

A big thank you to Mr G. Reeve for contacting me with this item.

I have had two original instruction sheets sent to me. I don’t need two and wondered if anyone wanted to buy one of these original Lucas documents? If you are interested then please get in touch. – item has now been sold

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* Tractor spotting off duty

Posted on November 1st, 2009 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General, Lighting.

I have spent a few days in the lake district with my family getting away from it all. It seems my tractor spotting obsession followed me. It has become apparent that tractors have got under my skin and into my veins. I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps of this very original looking TE-F20. I didn’t find its serial number but it has a lift pump. I think the cab is a later addition as it has all the lighting kit on the back including plough lamp bracket.

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* Lighting

Posted on January 30th, 2009 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

I’ve updated the lighting page. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment to this post. click on the comments button just below this post and check out the new lighting section on the right.

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