Ferguson TE20 Serial Numbers

What's your Ferguson TE20 Serial Number? The TE20 was built by Standard Motor Company of England. To identify your tractor model and year of manufacture check the engine serial number (SN) plates. The SN plate is located at varying positions on the instrument console, depending on the model.

UK Produced Ferguson Tractors

Date casting codes on UK-built Ferguson tractors normally follow a format of day/month/year. Eg., a casting code of “01 9 5” would mean 1st September 1955.
  • TE-20 casting code numbers are found on the left side of the differential/hydraulic housing, just forward of the round port.
  • TEA-20 casting code numbers are found on the right side of the differential/hydraulic housing, just forward of the round port, on most, but not all, tractors.
  • FE-35 casting code numbers are found on the right side of the differential/hydraulic housing, just forward of the round port.

    YEAR

    SERIAL NUMBER
    1946 1-315
    1947 316-20894
    1948 20895-77772
    1949 77773-116461
    1950 116462-167836
    1951
    167837-241335
    1952
    241335-310779
    1953
    310780-367998
    1954
    367999-428092
    1955
    428093-488578
    1956
    488579-517651


    TE and TEA tractors were built side by side to serial number 48000.


    FERGUSON MODEL NUMBERS


    MODEL YEAR MANUFACTURER ENGINE
    TE20
    1947-1948
    Standard Built
    Continental Z-120
    TO20
    1948-1951
    Detroit built
    Continental Z-120
    TEA-20
    1947-1956
    Standard Built
    Petrol Standard engine
    TEB-20
    1946-1948
    Standard Built
    Continental narrow
    TEC-20
    1948-1956
    Standard Built
    Petrol Standard engine, narrow
    TED-20
    1949-1956
    Standard Built
    V.O. Standard engine
    TEE-20
    1949-1956
    Standard Built
    V.O. Standard engine, narrow
    TEF-20
    1951-1956
    Standard Built
    Diesel
    TO30
    1951-1954
    Detroit built
    Continental Z-129
    TEH-20
    1950-1956
    Standard Built
    Zero Octane Standard engine
    TEJ-20
    1950-1956
    Standard Built
    Zero Octane Standard engine, narrow
    TEK-20
    1952-1956
    Standard Built
    Petrol Standard engine, vineyard
    TEL-20
    1952-1956
    Standard Built
    V.O. Standard engine, vineyard
    TEM-20
    1952-1956
    Standard Built
    Zero Octane Standard engine, vineyard
    TEP-20
    1952-1956
    Standard Built
    Petrol Standard engine, industrial
    TER-20
    1952-1956
    Standard Built
    V.O. Standard engine, industrial
    TES-20
    1952-1956
    Standard Built
    Lamp oil Standard engine, industrial
    TET-20
    1952-1956
    Standard Built
    Diesel Standard engine, industrial
    TEY-20
    1955-1956
    P3 (TA)
    Perkins engine

    V.O = Vaporising oil engine (TVO)
    Lamp oil engine= Zero Octane engine
    Standard engine= Engine manufactured by the Standard Motor Company


    'Standard' is classified in 3 ways:

  • Standard as in chassis type (a TO-20 has a standard chassis vs. a F-40 Hi-Crop wide-front which is not a standard chassis type)
  • Standard as in model (such as TO-35 Standard vs. TO-35 Deluxe vs. TO-35 Special)
  • Standard as in engine manufacturer (Standard Motors in the UK)

  • Some of the prefixes below apply only to UK-built tractors and others are applicable only to early MF tractors. They are included for your information:
    S - Standard chassis/wide front
    C - High clearance/wide front chassis
    R - Row crop/twin wheel front chassis
    T - Row crop/single wheel front chassis
    J - Industrial or multiple purpose chassis
    V - Vineyard chassis
    U - Utility or turf chassis
    G - Gasoline
    H - High altitude gasoline
    D - Standard Diesel
    K - Vaporizing oil (TVO)
    L - Lamp oil
    P - Perkins Diesel
    B - LP Gas
    M - Dual-stage clutch
    F - Single-stage clutch
    W - Multi-Power


    Can't find your Serial Number Plate?*


    If your SN plate is missing there are some features that may help you identify your Ferguson TE20:
    The aluminum engine SN plate, fastened to the block with four small course-threaded rivets, will be located near the top of the left side of the engine block between the coil and the distributor. The engine model (all Z-series) will be found on the plate, preceding the engine number, and will help determine the tractor model (assuming no modifications to the tractor have been made, such as cobbling together a tractor from parts of several different models). If equipped with a Standard Motors gasoline or Diesel engine: Standard Motors engines have no SN plate. The engine data is stamped into the block on a flat surface. On engines with carburetors, the numbers are located between the oil filler and the coil on the left side of the engine. On Diesels the numbers are just above the generator on the right side of the engine. 


    FERGUSON TE-20

    A TE-20 has a Z120 series engine with an oil filter inside the oil pan with a round access hatch in the bottom of the pan; it has “Z120” cast into the left side of the block and is equipped with Lucas electrical components; it has two T-handle hood release levers under the instrument console, one on either side; there is a rod on each side of the oil pan for extra support between the front axle carrier and the clutch housing; and the shift lever is bolted on to the transmission cover.

    TE-20 identifying features:
  • The intake opening for the air cleaner will not be through the instrument console.
  • The grill is comprised of three separate pieces; the two side panels separate from the rest.
  • The top of the side hood panels (dog legs) extend all the way to the instrument console. The lower steering gear housing and the transmission cover are one piece.
  • The transmission and lower steering gear housing are made of “Electron,” a nonmagnetic material commonly mistaken for aluminum.
  • The brakes are adjusted with a large square nut, unlike the TO series tractors which are adjusted with a screwdriver in a slot (some early ones were modified to adjust with a screwdriver).

    FERGUSON TEA

    A TEA has a gasoline engine whose SN begins with “S” and ends with “E.” A SN of 1 through 100204 indicates an 80mm (bore) engine.

  • Engines from 100501 through 117000 are 85mm engines.
  • Engines with SN SC1E - SC102519E are later 85mm engines.
  • Engines up to S112390E are 6V; engines from that point on are 12V with the air intake on the right side of the instrument console.
  • Some late engines may have “EVR” as a suffix, indicating it has rotating exhaust valves.

  • TEA and its variations

  • The oil filler cap is located on the left side of the engine near the top of the block toward the rear.
  • The grill is comprised of three separate pieces the two side panels separate from the rest.
  • The top of the valve cover is not flat, but lower on the right-hand side
  • The electrical components are Lucas.
  • Sheet metal and hood release latches are virtually the same as for the TE-20.
  • The brakes are adjusted with a large square nut, unlike the TO series tractors which are adjusted with a screwdriver in a slot (some early ones were modified to adjust with a TO-35 Identifying Features F-40 Identifying Features screwdriver).


    FERGUSON TEF

    A TEF has a Standard 20C Diesel engine with a “SA” prefix and an “E” suffix.


    FE35

    FE-35 gasoline models are equipped with a 87mm Standard engine having a SN prefix of “SF.” However, various suffices were included:
  • “EHS” (6.6:1 compression ratio with singlestage clutch)
  • “EHD” (6.6:1 compression ratio with dualstage clutch)
  • “ELS” (6.0:1 compression ratio with single clutch - High Altitude above 5000 ft.)
  • “ELD” (6.0:1 compression with dual clutchHigh Altitude above 5000 ft.)
    FE-35 gasoline models have an external, inclined oil filter on the left side of the engine.

    FE-35 Diesel
  • Standard 23C Diesel engine with a “SJ” prefix. An “ES” suffix is used for a single-stage clutch and “ED” for the dual-stage clutch.
  • Standard Diesel 4-cylinder engines with Lucas electrical components.

    * Information from Ferguson tractors.org


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