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

Posted on July 27th, 2014 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

I am so pleased with the results  of this project. It’s taken ages and in the end it took much longer than I ever imagines it would. Its like an Oscar speech, I have so many people to thank who have helped.DSC_6738 DSC_6742 DSC_6743

For thoughs not familiar with the Link box ( and I can’t imagine that is many of you) The implement connects to the two lower link arms and has nothing to do with the top link at all.


Two brackets then swing over the middle of the lower links and stop the box from swinging off the back. The brackets then have two clips which keep the brackets in place.


The final part of the jigsaw puzzle was a reproduction implement plate from Chris at Vintage Brass Plates. I didn’t know the serial number of my box but I knew the implement type, T-JE-A20. I recorded from the original box the position and size of the plate as all that was left of the original plate was the 4 rivet holes. I contacted Chris


Above the reproduction plate cupplied by Chris in the position the original plate was located.

Chris Let me know the details of a sitable plate “For a standard 4 rivet Ferguson implement plate the price is £30 The plate  includes adding implement type and serial number, if known. Rivets and postage and packing (within UK) are also included although a bag of 10 rivets can be purchased separatly for £3. Many customers may not know the serial number, but they nearly always want a model number adding. Regarding numbers, the numbers on the new plates are not stamped, but instead are etched into the plate when it is made. This allows me to match the style and size of numbers / lettering with those on the original plate I have more than 20 different styles of 4 hole implement plates on file. See some examples here. Most of them are brass but I have also seen a few originals made from aluminium

As everything is made to order, turn around in about 2 weeks. If you can send a picture of you existing plate I can match the new one to it.”

I ordered from Chris 4 plates in total. As you can see from the image below I have purchased two different styles, one with the original black background and one to try to make it look older without the black inlay.


I can’t imagine calling any Ferguson restoration complete without the addition of one of these plates. It’s just a shame I didn’t know the serial number of this implement.


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

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

I’ve been asked by a couple of people if I would upload some drawings for the sheet metal work for a Link Box.

Here you go. Click on the link below to download the files as a PDF. They are not to scale and are for reference only. These are the dimensions I used, please check them thoroughly before you commit to cutting any metal.

Door Pattern

Front Body


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* T-JE-A20 (MF 701) Link Box, Transport Box, Update5

Posted on June 18th, 2014 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

That’s now 2 coats of Bonda Primer added to the link box. I’m going to start on the grey topcoat next week once I’ve allowed the primer to dry for 7 days as it suggests on the tin.

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As you can see from the first picture the holes are drilled for the door pins and clips. The welding unit I have is useless to say the least and I’m having trouble getting hold of a good MIG welder to finish off the door, I need to weld in place the pins and latches. A couple of weeks now and I should be able to use this implement. I’ve asked Chris at to supply an authentic brass plate as there was no sign of one on the original box I was given.

I took the box to work on Friday and asked Paul a couple of units down from where I work if he could weld the door parts for me. This first picture shows one pin tacked in place and the second one ready to be tacked.

Door Start


Once the two pins into the bottom and the two spring clips there tacked into place Paul could relocate to a flat surface and complete the job.

Door Weld

Than it was just a case of making sure nothing had moved. I tried the door in place. It fitted really well.

Door Finished

Now its a rub down and a primer coat then reassemble the spring clip mechanism to finish the job.

So close now Update 6 must surely be pictures of the finished item?

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* T-JE-A20 (MF 701) Link Box, Transport Box, Update3

Posted on October 20th, 2013 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

The Link Box construction is finished. the photo’s below detail the 1″ square angle being welded on Today. It Was Tim (champion welded that did it not me) A big Thanks Tim for finishing it of Yesterday, I don’t know when I would have been able to. The back door is still to do. and the whole thing needs painting. I’ll try to get a picture of the box on the tractor.

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

Posted on October 3rd, 2013 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

Over 3 years ago I picked up a couple of free implements from someone moving house, see the article here Free Implements Article

This weekend coming I am looking forward to welding up the transporter box I collected 3 years ago. I have this week taken delivery of the sheet metal work to go with the frame that I rescued from the old box.

Link Box 1


Luckily I have a big car and collecting the link box metal work from the fabricator wasn’t a problem.


Link Box 2

The detail above shows the close tolerances between the back of the box and the door that stops things falling out.

Link Box 3

Already shot blasted and painted in primer the support frame pieces on the right of this picture are ready to be welded on. I’ve tried everything in place and it looks like a good fit.

I have also to weld on the front the latches made earlier in the year. The latches hold the box onto the lower link arms and stop it from swinging.

Link Box Clip Comparison  Link Box Latch

Transport Box Hook


Above is what the finished latched should look like once welded in place.

Link Box Repair

Above shows the box as it was collected by me.

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* Free Implements

Posted on September 23rd, 2010 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

This is a picture Colin in Ireland sent me.  A man called David from Worcester was moving house and wanted this 9S-KE-20 Spring Tine, Cultivator and Link box to go to a good home so he got in touch with Colin through Colin’s webpage. Living in Ireland It would be difficult for Colin to collect. So with David’s permission Colin asked if I could find a use for them. How could I turn down free implements. I had to hire a trailer and a round trip of 230 miles but free apart from that.

Cultivator Spring Tine

It took a couple of weeks to organise everything as David had moved out and a new owner Mike had moved in. I eventually contacted Mike and he was happy for me to collect the items. Mike and his son even gave me a hand loading the items. It was a lovely spot under some trees in a 3 acre orchard full of fruit trees. I was in full day dream mode on what I’d do with 3 acres and a Ferguson tractor!

Trailer Packed

I got everything home and now I just had to work out where everything was going to go as I only have 1 small garage.

Frame Stored

Packed Garage

8 Tines

The tines are stored under the tractor for now all 8 of them. there was one missing when I collected it.


As I am one tine short (just the two curved metal sections) if anyone has an used or spare spring tine for the 9S-KE-20 or S-KE-20 I would be very interested in speaking to you.

I would also like to get hold of an original Spring tine cultivator 9S-KE-20 or S-KE-20 instruction manual. Have you got a duplicate or one you no longer need? Please get in touch.

And finally the points at the end of the springs are technically know as shovels and are available in 2.5″ , 2″ and smaller widths does anyone know where I can buy 9 new replica  shovels?

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