Anglo Agriparts Ferguson TE20 Tractor Restoration Lewis McDonald

Ferguson TE20 Restoration

Lewis is a young, enthusiastic restorer – at the age of 14, without any knowledge but a passion to learn, Lewis purchased a seized, solid, Ferguson TEA 1948 from a local dealer and began his first restoration.  With help from his Grandad, uncle and lots of other friends the TEA was bought back to life and a year later came 3rd place in it’s first show.

PART 1- JAN 18

In September 2017, I took on the restoration of a Ferguson Te20, converted to a Perkins A3.144 engine in 1957. I bought the tractor from a local dealer where I had bought my previous tractor from, more on that later. Myself and the dealer had become good friends throughout my last restoration, visiting local aricultural shows and even competing together. He knows me too well and dropped the p3 of when he was passing one day, he asked me what I thought and naturally I couldn’t let the tractor leave, so that was the start of my second restoration.

The tractor itself was in a bit of a state, but amazingly all there. It had had a good few parts changed to a cheaper alternative, and looked to have had a hard life working away. The tractor ran, but very poorly, and the original p3 engine block had a crack, running from one freeze plug to the next. It also pushed oil out of the dipstick top, that made me think it was a blocked breather.

A day after it arrived, I set to work. I started it up, drove it up and farm lonnin a few times, testing the brakes, clutch and gears. Then it was into the shed for the engine to be dismantled.

ferguson te20 restoration

PART 2 - FEB 18

Ferguson TE20 Restoration

I got the rocker cover off, breather pipe removed, and I blasted them through with a compressor, they seemed to be clear and working as they should, so it can’t have been that making the oil push out of the dipstick. This made me wonder what was going on below the head, so I got to work taking it off. I had the head off within an hour of starting the job, and had had a good look at liners and pistons, checking for piston slap and ware on the liners. There wasn’t any excessive piston slap, but the liners where badly worn.

I called in my uncle and his friend in, both retired mechanics, they gave me another verdict on the engine, and had brought me some books and a manual for the P3 engine, that have come in very handy! They also said that the liners where in definite need of being replaced, and that I should get the injectors tested and overhauled when they were off, so I took the engine to my local mechanics, to see if he could fix the problem. He said I wasn’t worth fixing, due to the bad crack and how it was patched and said to keep an eye out for a MF 35 engine or another p3 block.

Ferguson TE20 Restoration
Ferguson TE20 Restoration

PART 3 - March 2018

Due to hearing the bad news about my P3 block, I started to look out for another p3 block or a 35 engine that I could fit in. I became lucky and bought a Massey 203/mk3 industrial tractor, in sight as it being a parts tractor, which was fitted with a 3cly Perkins engine. I got to work getting the engine ready to be removed from my P3 and let the oil drain from the backend (it looked to had never been changed ever!).

I took the time to take my hydraulic top off and give it a good clean up and replace gaskets and bolts. This was well and truly needed as the shaft had been greased in the past, and old grease was stopping the shaft from moving freely. I also cleaned up the hydraulic pump when I was on, checking the control valve was ok and working correctly. After testing everything out, and fitting it all back on, I decided to start cleaning the back end up, ready for paint

Ferguson TE20 Restoration
Ferguson TE20 Restoration
Ferguson TE20 Restoration


I got the first and second coat grey paint applied onto the backend this month and am quite happy on how its turned out. I sent my engine from the 203/mk3 to the local fabricator to get the slight crack it has on repaired and have been gathering parts up to be fitted to the engine once fitted to the tractor (all provided by Anglo Agriparts).


I also got around to sorting out the problem with the gears, it was missing 2 out of the 3 springs that help to secure the selectors in place, an easy fix after having a look in some boxes of bolts from previous restorations. Unfortunately, the steering box had had a hole drilled in at some point, to make the oil from the box drain out I think, making the steering box unusable for my restoration. I took the dashboard panels and battery tray off to be cleaned up and painted while I tried to find another steering box in a good condition. Its just a waiting game now for the engine to arrive back!





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