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* Restoration project anyone?

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

[update] SOLD

Sorry to anyone interested these tractors have now been sold. It would be nice to take a picture of them once they have been restored.

I’ve been contacted by Warrick who is trying to sort out a friends estate who due to ill health will be unable to continue working on his land. Warrick contacted me with a number of items he is looking for good homes as restoration projects. He’s keen for the tractors NOT to be broken up. As I understand the engine turns over on the staring handly. One has a MIL loader fitted to it. If you are interested or would like more information please send me an email or leave a comment.


Tractor No.1

P1030788 P1030787 P1030786 P1030785 P1030789


Tractor No. 2


P1030778 P1030777 P1030776 P1030775 P1030797 P1030798 P1030783


He also Has some very original looking tyres but what tractor they came from I don’t know they are 12×24

P1030690 P1030691 Tyre Size Type Description


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* Something to fix

Posted on March 6th, 2012 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General, News, TE-A20.

This is a nice local project I’ll be following with interest as I know the owner of the tractor well. This tractor was a donor of one of the swing out side light for my tractor (there was only one fitted). If only I could get Mike to part with the headlight!

Hi Tim,
I’m not sure how long it’s been since I first corresponded with you over Mikes Fergie but something has finally happened!  I managed to recover it of their lawn on Saturday, without creating any large divots (luckily for me). Due to some trailer confusion we then rigged it up to a solid tow bar and towed it behind my land-rover down the road to my parents garage. Luckily its not far and we did not meet any police!We then managed to get it back down the drive with only about 6 ft to hand crank it (in gear) to get it inside.Anyway I thought you would like to know that things are finally moving.
I’ve not got any specific plan but I’m aiming to get it starting and running on the button first as it was only running on the hand crank last time. A new loom is needed and an overhaul of the dynamo too. I’m hoping I’ve got a decent 12V starter that will fit from my landrover.
New tyres are also going to be high on the list as one ripped and exploded when I pumped them up!! Do you have a good source for these? Looking at the prices I might have to keep my eye out for some used ones. Also do you have a petrol Fergie? The carb & stop linkage’s don’t seem to work nor make sense so I’m going to need to find one to have a nosey round! Anyway,
All the best.

More info in these articles.  – Lots of photo’s here

My advice

Remove the fuel tank and connected fuel system items including the carb and clean then thoroughly and replace. Yes it is a bit tricky setting up a carb but I’m sure there should be some info on the internet or maybe one of the readers could comment? Connected to this is also the air cleaner and air flow into the carb.

Which type of Carb do you have?

Clean the distributer and check the points/rotor arm.

Purchase a new wiring loom and some spark plugs (be careful with plugs as Mike’s engine has been changed to run on TVO, I think you need a different length plugs?.
Don’t worry about the dynamo but get hold of a Lucas/Ferguson starter and bolt it on. (be careful there are 6 volt and 12 volt units available).

You will be able to pick up some second hand types and there is a chap out in the peaks I can give you a number for.

You will also need a good battery!

Make sure everything is clean as you go and you are happy when you put it back on.

A very interesting project and I look forward to seeing how you get on.


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* Paul’s Restoration Challenge

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

A couple of weeks ago I had an email conversation from Paul Foster who wanted to know how much it would cost and how long it would take to restore a TEF-20 tractor he was getting from his brother in law. I politely answered that without at least some photography of the tractor it was difficult to say. Paul has obliged and goes on to say

“unfortunately I don’t have it in my possession at the moment as I’m waiting on my brother in law to drop it off.

He has 2 TE-F’s one with a “rare” banana loader (His wording) and will not part with that one as much as I tried to persuade him.

I can tell you tho the Tin work is all present and correct including the very expensive bonnet, The Dynamo, Starter, Gas, Petrol Tank, Dash are all there, However I did notice that the

Diesel line are not all there or broken. The Rad is there but has no fan (not sure of the terminology), No Cam belt – I did try and use the manual handle but its kept slipping off no matter how hard I tried to turn it over which

makes me think she is completely seized so new piston, rings etc etc will need to be replaced. Until I get it home then I really can’t tell you anymore about it.

PTO and Lifting arms are seized up, gearbox seems to link into gears but I can’t be 100% that’s working correctly without stipping it.

Is there a specific thing to look”

I hope Paul doesn’t mind me posting these pictures for all to see as the readers may come up with some helpful suggestions of there own.

Clicking on the pictures below will open them up bigger, for a closer look!

When I looked at the first picture I was horrified, no back wheel, looking very rusty in general. But as I went further down the pictures I felt more and more positive. The fact the bonnet has stayed on has helped the condition of the engine enormously. The first thing you have to do is get the cylinder head off and find out how stuck those pistons are?  see the exhaust has been open to the rain with a short length pipe.

There is a lot of grey on the engine and not much on the back end. This isn’t t much of a problem as at the very worst a replacement back end can be sourced more easily than an engine.  I’d try to get the tractors engine running before you commit to the time and expense of a full nut and bolt strip down.

On the positive side

there are still many wonderful items on the tractor. it looks like you have all the Ki-gass equipment (two tanks + pipework + pump) behind the main fuel tank.
Bonnet – looks OK
Number plate on the front is still readable – should mean an original V5 can be obtained.
Fuel tank – looks OK
Dynamo, starter and radiator all present (first things to go missing)
All the pipework for the fuel system looks present. yours is a pre 1954 model and did not have a lift pump fitted as mine does.
You have the Serial Number plate and you can make out the number on it (not shown in these pictures)

Then for the Extra’s

You have a trailer hitch under the back axle and a tipper pipe to the left of the PTO.
There is a toothed cog attached to the dynamo this would have originally connected to the hours meter. An item that could be sold (probably eBay) to help with costs.
Starting Handle – present

And the cost

Well thinking how much mine has cost so far I would say in the region of £2000 to get it to  a useful, working painted, New wheels and tyres, mudguards, engine overhauled tractor. And time well as much as you want to throw at it really. it all depends on what condition you want it looking like when you’ve finished.

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