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Nicolai Nicolaisen wrote on Sunday, April 01, 2001 (PDT):
  • Hallo Mike. I am bad in english. I live in Denmark and have a Ferguson TE20 from 1952. I use it often on the roed, where I live. I have repair the engine. Near where I live is a public museum from country from 1850 until 1950. I will give my tractor to that museum, when I am to old to keep it. But it will take many years. I have some to the traktor but I cant explaim it in english. Som for roed og for sand and stne to move it. Very nice job you have done. Good vishish Nicolai
    Little Bobin CentralMass. wrote on Sunday, April 01, 2001 (PDT):
  • Great Job, with tractor, and story. I miss our original owner TO20.
    Jim Smith wrote on Monday, April 02, 2001 (PDT):
  • Great Job! It is great to know that there are other people who enjoy putting themselves through hell, as I do. I own a '54 TO-30 and love it. I wish I had access to the tools as you do, but we all can't be that lucky right? My fiancee thinks a am crazy because I can spend days on end in the garage taking on projects like these. I am looking for a M.F 65 to play with next. My 30 is in as good as shape as it can get for being a working tractor. I have a few ribbons on it in the working class. Once again, nice job. Jim
    Ken Mallea wrote on Monday, April 02, 2001 (PDT):
  • Thank you for the great restoration story. What a job!! You say it took 50 hours--It would have taken me 50 months--and still wouldn't be done. I have a 1951 TO30. No loader though. Too bad the neighbors don't want the tractor in the driveway. It looks a hell of a lot better than a BMW.
    Michael Orozco wrote on Monday, April 02, 2001 (PDT):
  • Hi Mike, Great job!!! Congratulations on bringing this one back to life. I enjoyed the article and took notice of the tools you fabricated. I also do the same whenever I can. Youshould park it on the front lawn for the viewing pleasure of the neighbors that complained to the city. Cheers, Michael O.
    Mike Ring wrote on Monday, April 02, 2001 (PDT):
  • Great job,well done! I would like to see the tool you made to pull the cyl. sleeves. I think you should drive the tractor past City Hall & wave(or moon)! Also have a to-30 1950 Thanks for the article. Mike.
    Dan Dooley wrote on Tuesday, April 03, 2001 (PDT):
  • Good article, but the most interesting part was left out! How in the world did you repair the big hole in the Block? Some detailed information on materials and technique would have been interesting, as that is a repair that not many people make sucessfully. Did you weld it or seal it up with pucky or what?
    dan Dooley wrote on Tuesday, April 03, 2001 (PDT):
  • I re-read the article and see that I missed the block repair report the first time through...(looking at the photos)... It must have turned out very smooth as I can't see the "patch" in the photo. Good job!
    Mike McAndrews wrote on Tuesday, April 03, 2001 (PDT):
  • Thanks for the nice comments. Additional details about the cylinder press tool along with larger photos can be found here;
    george thomas wrote on Tuesday, April 03, 2001 (PDT):
  • good job mike, i myself like a good challenge but the hole in the block would have been enough to discourage me. it goes to show you`re a very talented guy, and the story was well written
    george thomas wrote on Tuesday, April 03, 2001 (PDT):
  • good job mike, i myself like a good challenge but the hole in the block would have been enough to discourage me. it goes to show you`re a very talented guy, and the story was well written
    David Gray wrote on Tuesday, April 03, 2001 (PDT):
  • You're no ordinary mechanic, that's for sure. If I had done this work, there would have been a lot of machine shop cost since I don't have the necessary equipment. Great Job. The tractor that should have been scrapped by all odds will enjoy a second life.
    Michael Box wrote on Tuesday, April 03, 2001 (PDT):
  • Great workmanship! I loved your ingenious abillity to engineer the special tools needed for specific jobs.I'd like to see more photos and tell the neighbors to get a life.
    Doug wrote on Wednesday, April 04, 2001 (PDT):
  • Great article. I have the same tractor, right down to the loader. I thought my loader was homemade but in the artile you state it is a Wagner? The only difference between your tractor and mine is I have a backhoe attachment. I am trying to find info about my loader and backhoe. Tractor - 1952, TO-30, S/N to-82033 Loader - Wagner? Backhoe - Cone Automatic Machine, Windsor, Vermont Model# WF104, S/N 6371 If anyone know anything about my loader or backhoe please let me know.
    Paul Fox wrote on Sunday, April 08, 2001 (PDT):
  • Mike, I enjoyed your article very much, sounds like you did a great job! Any chance of a picture of your hydraulic/chain sleeve puller? That sounds like a great idea.
    Gary Haynes wrote on Sunday, April 08, 2001 (PDT):
  • This was the most interesting article I have read since this board first began. Your skill and ways of saving are in line with my thoughts of doing things yourself so you know what you have. Congratulations on a masterful job that I would have hesitated on. I have no doubts that you would have succeded even if the engine had been much worse. Your ingenuity and creativeness amazed me. Gary
    Glenn wrote on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 (PDT):
  • Mike, that was a great article. Some people would have walked away from a machine with a hole in the block, and some others would have parted it out. It's great to see it repaired and running fine. Is the loader a Ferguson loader?
    TMAC wrote on Monday, April 30, 2001 (PDT):
  • I like seeing an old junker turned back into something useful. My own antiques earn their keep around the house. The story was a joy to read and the pictures were sharp and spoke the thousand words like good pics should.
    Duane Reutter wrote on Monday, April 30, 2001 (PDT):
  • Mike, I enjoyed your restoration project. We (my 24 year old son and I) finished restoring an IH 130 (1958) this past winter. One of the first few trips out, my son got hit by a passing car that actually flipped the tractor upside down. He seen her coming and jumped off, fortunately. Anyway, with the insurance settlement, we got to restore it again. It is back running (not as pretty this time), but functioning well. We are looking for hydraulics to add to the tractor. Congratulations on a job well done. The tractor looks great. By the way, the oil spots on the driveway tell of other untold stories. Looks like mine. My neighbors weren't just too cooperative at first either, until we hooked up some sleds and had some fun this spring.
    Vince wrote on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 (PDT):
  • Nice Job, how's the loader work any need for rework in it? Good luck! Best wishes.
    Art wrote on Friday, May 04, 2001 (PDT):
  • Nice job, Mike! I'm in the middle of restoring a 1955 TO-35. The block is cracked between all three webs between the cylinders. Can't find anyone who pins these anymore. Only found a race shop (100 miles away) who will weld and re-machine for $625. Sounds steep. Any help?
    Roger M wrote on Sunday, June 03, 2001 (PDT):
  • Looks just like the TO-30 I have, including the loader. You did a great job restoring it. Tell the neighbors they're just sorry it's not theirs. Keep up the good work.
    Larry Wilson wrote on Saturday, July 14, 2001 (PDT):
  • We recieverd a Ferguson from my Father for my birthday. We have been looking to see when it was made. We believe it is a TO-30 but are not completly sure. We have the serial # 78726. Do you know when it was made and what TO # it is.(20-30) Thanks, Larry Wilson
    Prof Bernard Knight (Wales) wrote on Sunday, August 12, 2001 (PDT):
  • Very interesting article, Mike. I wish I had your expertise, facilities and persistence! I have just started restoring a 1952 TED 20 (TVO/Petrol) which I rescued from the beach, where it was abandoned over ten years ago after pulling a fishing boat in and out of the tide. A real rust- bucket, some of the metal has disintegrated, like the strips in the battery carrier and all the grille. The sump and gear box had over a gallon of seawater under the oil when drained. The engine was seized solid, I bend the starting handle trying to turn it over. I tried diesel, Coca-Cola, WD40 etc down the bores, but no good. Eventually, I took off the two big ends within reach and hit the two pistons up with a length of broom handle against the gudgeon flanges, using a club hammer. Still would'nt turn over, so I put a jack under the starting hand and lifted the weight of the tractor front on the handle until it started to bend. Then while the crankshaft was under tension, I whacked the other pistons with a circular log of firewood down the bores, using a sledge-hammer. They went millimetre by millimetre, then suddenly moved. Now she's turning on the handlelike silk, after plenty of oil, rust removal and prayer! The bores are fine, no slack and all the bearings are fine, so I hope I can put it together without a serious rebuild. Now dismantling the remains of the instrument panel (what instruuments?!) angle-grinding off all nuts, as the rust has turned them circular. Thank heaven I've got a David Brown (Case) 1390 as well, thougn it's top heavy and my son won't drive it on the hill-farm - which is why I'm bringing the Fergie back to life. Watch this space - if I live long enough to finish it! Bernard Knight
    Greg in SC wrote on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 (PDT):
  • Great job Mike! I actually have the exact same problem with my TO30 (1952), I am glad to have met a pioneer for my project.. PS do you know of any complete aftermarket engines for the Z-129?
    Tom Detweiler wrote on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 (PDT):
  • Hi Mike -- GREAT JOB!! I have a TO-30 with Z129 Continental engine, I assume that's the one in your Fergie?
    Larry wrote on Monday, September 24, 2001 (PDT):
  • Mike, Great article! I would love to see more photo's!!!
    Dick Nyquist wrote on Thursday, January 31, 2002 (PST):
  • Nice artical. I don't seem to be able to see the pictures though. Is the to30 the Ferguson tractor that used the STANDARD-VANGUARD(Triumph) engine? If not which one did? thanks for the info /Dick
    Harold Stultz wrote on Monday, March 04, 2002 (PST):
  • I have a 1952 Ferguson, T030, with a front end loader. I was making a left hand turn with a load of sand when something popped in the steering gear box. The right front wheel still turns but the left wheel will not move. Would you know where I can find parts . Thanks
    Jim Clark wrote on Monday, March 11, 2002 (PST):
  • Great article! I am also restoring a TO30. Do you know where I can get the outer bushings for the steering box. Masey Ferguson can get the inner bushings and seals, but no longer stocks the outer ones. Thanks for any help you can offer. Jim
    Paul Smith wrote on Tuesday, October 01, 2002 (PDT):
  • Great story Mike, I just finished a rebuild of a 53 To-30. It had cracks in 6 places in the block. I repaired the block, and replaced the crank and cam shafts as they were over the max to grind. I also replaced the sleaves and pistons. I know (just like you) that this is a quality tractor now. The only regret I have is I painted it like a ford 8N. wish I had the guts to paint it again like you did. Sure wish the photo links in your story still worked, this was a very good story.
    Adrian Monfils wrote on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 (PST):
  • I was unable to open an pictures of the restoration. What am I not doing to make this possible?
    Andrew Thigpen wrote on Thursday, March 04, 2004 (PST):
  • What happened to the pictures......????
    Mike Shaver wrote on Sunday, April 04, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have a 1952 ferguson to-30. I would like to know what brand of loaders are available for this tractor and if anyone knows of any for sale or where to get one. thanks Mike Shaver
    Mark Andrews wrote on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have exactly this setup! I'd like to talk to you about the Wagner loader. I'm wondering if I'm missing parts. It seems whenever I try to load anything into the loader it "trips" and won't hold anything. Do you have pictures of the parts? Thanks in advance, Mark Andrews
    David Crowe wrote on Saturday, October 09, 2004 (PDT):
  • I also own (20 years now) and 1952 TO-30. It finally upchucked its #4 rod instead of the #3. I now have an outstanding tractor with a shot engine. Local mechanics tell me that the TO-30 cracked its block frequently and that there is no chance of rebuilding it. I find that hard to believe. I appreciate this story which is "dead on" and thank you for it.
    kenneth ball wrote on Monday, April 25, 2005 (PDT):
  • Mike -- sure enjoyed your writeup on a "labor of love"----parallels my own exp in bringing back a '53 NAA from The Ragged Edge. Satisfaction in knowing that some things CAN be made to last, and serve owners to come, thru machines older than the owners themselves. Best of luck with The City.
    Wayne Badgley wrote on Sunday, April 08, 2007 (PDT):
  • What a great story, wish I could see the pictures tried the link with no luck , you are inspiring. I purchased a 1952 TO30 yesterday and am just starting the journey. Although my tractor runs well and everything works, I m sure I will not be able to keep my hands off it if only to clean it up and paint it. I m also looking for a loader for it.
    Teresa wrote on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (PDT):
  • I recently purchased a Ferguson T020 Tractor with a Cone Automatic Machine Inc. Windsor,Vt. backhoe attachment Model#WF104 Serial#6192. I am in despedrate need of a repair manual for the Cone Backhoe attachment. I have already purchase the manuals for the tractor itself and the frontloader but can not find the repair manual for the backhoe attachment. Please can someone tell me where to purchase the manual?
    Patrick Reeves wrote on Saturday, July 05, 2008 (PDT):
  • Is there anyway to reach Mike for a question? Should would be valuable as it contains info I need more of. Great Article.
    Al Tanner wrote on Monday, February 02, 2009 (PST):
  • Hi; Mike , any pics? I too have an '52.,TO 30.
    John Dnlap wrote on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 (PST):
  • I wish you'd fix your links and pictures on this resto article...
    chad crawford wrote on Sunday, August 21, 2011 (PDT):
  • mike i am in need of some help on my 51 TO 30 will you please call me 423-290-0684 i live in chickamauga ga real close to chattanooga tn thanks and look forward to hear from you
    Chris wrote on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (PDT):
  • Mike, I have been trying to find a temp gauge that will work in my 1952 TO-30. I have tried several, including one from ebay that said it would work for TO-30, but like all the others the sensor is too large to fit in the small hole in the neck of the water pump housing. Is there some other place it could go, or how were you able to install one? I sure would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks Chris

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