Posted on March 15th, 2010 by ploughmyfield.
Fitting a Midland Industries Limited (MIL) Model H Loader to a Ferguson tractor.
So this is what it should look like when it’s all assembled and working.
This fine axample of a MIL loader belongs to James at Rhodds’s Farm. It is fitted to a TE-F20. Speaking to James he bought the tractor with the loader already attached. This is the best way to buy a loader in my opinion as all the parts should be there.
Beamish Museum have bought a MIL Loader.
The idea is to make the Ferguson tractor they have more useful by fitting the loader to it. The Ferguson TE-A20 tractor they have although converted to TVO has an engine built by the Standard motor company, this is important as you will find out later.
So I went up to Durham to look at the pieces they have and see if the loader could be assembled. Before I went up north I looked on the internet for an instruction manual, I could not find one. So the helpful people on the FOFH forum came to my rescue.
I was kindly sent this 4 page document which after a little reading you will see gives you all the information needed. Most interesting was the parts list and exploded diagram. Many thanks to Gary Downes who owns the original document and very kindly has allowed me to have this downloadable copy on this page.
With all the parts laid out on the floor in the shed I could see not all the parts where right. I forgot to take any more pictures of the MIL loader so you’ll have to take my work for it. From the diagram below you will see items 73, 74 where included in the loader. Now looking further these items are for a Diesel model. I was trying to fit this to a petrol/TVO and should be using items 5, 6.
Also from the parts I had items 30, 31. These brackets where home made and I couldn’t make them fit the tractor. Maybe the loader was originally fitted to a Diesel as the items 30, 31 would have been replaced by 85, 86 for the diesel model.
I also needed :
4 longer bolts (5/8″ UNF x 6 1/2″ Long) to attach the frame to the trumpet housing and then the mudguards on top.
4 bolts (5/8″ UNF x 3 1/2″ Long) to attach the brackets to the front of the engine.
So with limited tools available I didn’t do much that day other than, start the tractor up and run it for a bit then inflate a flat front tyre.
First task then was to make up some brackets item 30, 31 to fit to the tractor. This didn’t prove too difficult and I’d like to thank Bob Nix for the dimensions to make the brackets.
I’ve produced a drawing here so anyone else wanting to make some can. It should be pretty self explanatory.
Here again courtesy of Bob Nix is a picture of what the brackets and spacer look like in place.
I still have more info to add to this page and need to sort out……….
The control valve isn’t original on the beamish tractor (it’s Painted Blue and has a lever instead of a handle) and I don’t have a connector to screw into the front corner of the hydraulics housing onthe tractor.
So this is what the original valve, pipework and connector all look like. Thanks here to Chrostopher Smith for supplying these photo’s. He just happened to have an old MIL loader lying around that he had removed form a TE-D20 he was restoring and kindly offered to take some pictures for this article. Thanks Christopher.
Here you see the Valve with shut off tap that bolts in front of the seat. the pipe attached goes down the side of the gearbox casing to the front corner of the hydraulic pump.
This view shows an up close view of the valve and bracket. it is slotted so you don’t have to completely remove the bolts holding the casings together. just slacken the bolts slot in the bracket then tighten them up. Very well thought about.
Another shot of the valve from the side.
And here is the connector that screws into the tractor’s Hydraulics.
Christopher Thinks the thread is 1/2″ BSF. I’ll confirm this once I have a connector.
I need to buy some 5/8″ UNF bolts for the mudguards and also to attach the front brackets in place. I also need to see if the Diesel brackets items 73,74 will work on a TE-A 20 engine. I’ll keep you all posted. please feel free to add comments the more the better.
Fitting The Loader at Beamish
Additional Items Needed:
You will also need a T-Bar for the back of your tractor. The T-Bar locks the lower link arms and stops them from reaching there maximum height. This has a knock on effect of not then allowing the hydraulics inside the tractor to dump the fluid under pressure back into the reservoir and the pressurised fluid passes up into the MIL valve mounted in front of the drivers seat.
It is also a good idea to have a heavy load attached to the back of the tractor to stop the back end from lifting. I found on the Grey Fergie Forum these plans to make an original ferguson concrete block. you will need to supply the steel hook shape and the concrete after making the box.
Additional Information From:
http://www.rhoddssfarm.co.uk/loader.htm James’s MIL Loader page, Lots of great pics. I’d love to see more pictures of the control valve and closer on how the frame is fixed in place.
http://workshop.tractorbit.co.uk/blog/_archives/2009/5/28/4200242.html The team at Holland Brand Workshops did some work on a MIL loader and made a few modification check it out here.
http://workshop.tractorbit.co.uk/blog/_archives/2009/6/12/4219877.html The finished loader
Hi Tim, apologies for not getting to this sooner, but things are a bit silly here. I have sent some pics from when I fitted the loader, as you will see the front brackets fitted on without spacers but I had to grind the edges of the engine mounts because the angle iron bracket wouldn’t fit square. I have also shown the difference between the 2 sets of rams I have, and have also included a pic of an unknown linkage that came with some stabiliser arms and other stuff. Finally I have sent some pics of the pins, I have some measurements for the pins but they are on a scruffy piece of paper so I will sort that out and forward them too, regards Steve
And Finally the mystery bracket. Leave a comment if you think you know what it is. I thought maybe Mil’s version of the T-Bar to lock the lower link arms below top position?
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