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Aluminum Hood parts?

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oldmopars

02-04-2018 09:34:37




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Well, I just returned home with my new to me TE-20, and yes it is a TE-20, SN 32704, so its a 48.
However, I discovered that the front dog legs and grill center are Aluminum, not steel like all the other TE/TO-20s I have seen or the parts offered for replacements.
Why would they be aluminum? The main trans section is aluminum too, but that does not seem odd, I have seen other with that.
And Yes, I know the difference, I work in the metal industry and can identify Aluminum vs. Steel.
So, was this normal, were there a lot like this, or is this odd? I would like to restore the aluminum parts, but i don't think I can, they are a bit rough.

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oldmopars

02-08-2018 15:48:32




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oldmopars

02-08-2018 15:47:27




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to oldmopars, 02-04-2018 09:34:37  
Forgot the pictures:

https://s5.postimg.org/gracv8gh3/20180204_150434.jpg

https://s5.postimg.org/vn8w2tcg7/20180204_150447.jpg



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oldmopars

02-08-2018 15:43:45




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to oldmopars, 02-04-2018 09:34:37  
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So, as you can see from the pictures, the sides and the T bar are Aluminum and very beat up. Can you see the bolts on the side and the rivets along the top? This just seemed odd for it to be factory, but he would have to be a very skilled craftsman to make the rest.



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oldmopars

02-05-2018 18:35:04




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to oldmopars, 02-04-2018 09:34:37  
I wish mine was in good enough shape to restore, but it would take a master in metal craft to return it to good shape. Lots of welding, lots of bondo, lots of hammering. I will try, but I think in the end I will just end up buying the steel replacements. Its too bad, I think it would be cool to keep it.

Anyone have pictures of a TE-20 with aluminum hood, preferably not painted?

And is it just the sides, or the top too, my top is steel.

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John Deere D

02-04-2018 21:57:23




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to oldmopars, 02-04-2018 09:34:37  
I'm presently away from our summer home however, I do own a TEA-20 parts tractor with a complete Aluminium Bonnet:

Bob.. Owner operator MF FE 35 X and TEA-20:



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oldmopars

02-04-2018 16:05:37




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As I look further at the front of the tractor, I think someone had made the sheet metal parts. They were very skilled, but this TE-20 was "restored" once before and I think they could not get the right parts, so they made them.
Oh Well, I can get the right parts now, so I will just get steel replacements.



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Tim PloughNman Daley

02-07-2018 05:07:51




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to oldmopars, 02-04-2018 16:05:37  
HHHMMM.. I doubt any sheet metal parts were 'made' unless the person had the stamping dies. What exactly are you thinking was ho-made? Some fellas ' farmerized' parts like grilles and such, but a dogleg, well that just seems hard to do. Some fellas also will try to use Ford parts and there are very few Ford parts that will interchange with Ferguson parts. Can you post pictures?

Tim Daley(MI)

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Tom h.

02-04-2018 17:53:18




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to oldmopars, 02-04-2018 16:05:37  
It is too bad that aluminum parts arenít available, but, the steel ones will hold up better. A little while ago I bought a to20 with worn out aluminum sides and grill. Everything was well worn dented and mangled. I bought the new sides and front grill pieces here and am very happy with the quality. Also bought the hood support as the tracks were with the hood as extra parts.

Looking forward to getting into this project. Post pictures of yours.

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Charles in Aus.

02-04-2018 16:04:02




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to oldmopars, 02-04-2018 09:34:37  
Some lucky owners have bonnets made completely from alloy , they do dent easily though .
If you use the polish and practices used for ' Airstream ' caravans on them you can achieve a mirror polish that is really something to behold .



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Oldmopars

02-04-2018 17:32:41




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to Charles in Aus., 02-04-2018 16:04:02  
So are you saying that it could be original? If it was had made, he was quite the craftsman, but as you can imagine, it has been many years and it is showing its age with lots of dents and repairs.



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Ali fae Crieff

02-09-2018 05:37:04




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to Oldmopars, 02-04-2018 17:32:41  
Oldmopars, yes your hood is likely to be original. Lack of steel after the war forced the early tractors to have alluminium, sometimes the full hood.

Cheers, Ali.



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Kirk-NJ

02-05-2018 06:37:50




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to Oldmopars, 02-04-2018 17:32:41  
Dents in the aluminum???



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miner09

02-04-2018 10:54:21




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to oldmopars, 02-04-2018 09:34:37  
I always heard they used old war planes etc after WWII. Used what they had to build.



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Richard L

02-04-2018 13:13:09




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to miner09, 02-04-2018 10:54:21  
oldmopars, the actual name of what the trans. case was made of in some cases was Magnesium Electron. They did have regular cast transmissions to start with but with the war effort they had to find other materials. So as miner09 said some of the planes became Ferguson transmissions.



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Greg Vickers

02-05-2018 16:24:49




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to Richard L, 02-04-2018 13:13:09  
My tea20 had an aluminum hood, but the grill was steel. When I posted about painting the transmission, John told me whatever you do, don't strip it down to bare metal, but it was too late, I already did.



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John Deere D

02-05-2018 19:23:21




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 Re: Aluminum Hood parts? in reply to Greg Vickers, 02-05-2018 16:24:49  
Look into "ZINC CHROMATE PRIMER GREEN"

Bob...



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