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We have found a 1954 Ferguson TED 20 Tractor which has a military date plate fixed to it with the following information printed on it:

Tractor Land Utility 4 x 2

Chassis no : TED 371456

Vehicle no : 23 BY 40

Contract no : 6V EHS 14175CB286

 

I have had a search carried out by the RLC museum at Deepcut but sadly they have no records.

I also tried the RAF museum at Hendon, they have no record of the RAF having any of these tractors but did confirm that the military registration number 23 BY 40 is one issued to army vehicles rather than RAF ones.

 

Does anyone please have any info on these tractors in service, their uses etc.

In service photos, handbooks etc etc.

 

Thanks and Regards

Drewe

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DREWE

Have you tried the royal engineers museum chatham if l recall correctly they held some of the BY series cards

they are a bit slow replying

 

WALLY

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We have found a 1954 Ferguson TED 20 Tractor which has a military date plate fixed to it with the following information printed on it:

Tractor Land Utility 4 x 2

Chassis no : TED 371456

Vehicle no : 23 BY 40

Contract no : 6V EHS 14175CB286

 

 

 

 

Hi Drew,

I know of another TED20, ex-army, 11BY19, but built earlier, in 1951. They were used around camps, bases, workshops etc. for mundane tasks such as mowing and ground maintenance, also towing industrial trailers around. The REME workshops that I worked at had a Massey Fergie 35 Industrial and all it did was tow the scrap metal trailer from the workshop to the dump every day. It did have another role, but rarely used for it, a Klaxon and siren were fitted to it and in the event of a general alert the tractor had to be driven around with sirens blaring.

 

regards, Richard

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What colour is this painted?; green? Or what colour is under the layers of more recent paint.

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What colour is this painted?; green? Or what colour is under the layers of more recent paint.

 

They were painted Deep Bronze Green when in service, at least all those I have come across.

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Came across many tractors during my time in the Royal Engineers. Ford County and 4000 series were used for soil stabilization work.

 

Massey Ferguson 35 were dotted all over the big Plant Workshops and stores depots. They were used for allsorts of general towing and shifting around. Never saw a green one though, they were always yellow

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Massey Ferguson 35 were dotted all over the big Plant Workshops and stores depots. They were used for allsorts of general towing and shifting around. Never saw a green one though, they were always yellow

 

 

Hi Rob,

The Fergie TE20's would have been demobbed by then. I was only looking at one the other day, in fact also saw an early FE35 which still has army green on it and the ID plate on the side of the transmission.

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DREWE

Have you tried the royal engineers museum chatham if l recall correctly they held some of the BY series cards

they are a bit slow replying

 

WALLY

Thanks Wally I will try them

 

Regards, Drewe

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Hi Drew,

I know of another TED20, ex-army, 11BY19, but built earlier, in 1951. They were used around camps, bases, workshops etc. for mundane tasks such as mowing and ground maintenance, also towing industrial trailers around. The REME workshops that I worked at had a Massey Fergie 35 Industrial and all it did was tow the scrap metal trailer from the workshop to the dump every day. It did have another role, but rarely used for it, a Klaxon and siren were fitted to it and in the event of a general alert the tractor had to be driven around with sirens blaring.

 

regards, Richard

Thanks Richard, any photo's please?

 

Regards

 

Drew

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What colour is this painted?; green? Or what colour is under the layers of more recent paint.

 

The tractor looks to be in unrestored exservice condition, the original paint is gloss deep bronze green with patchy overpainting in what may have been a semi matt bronze green.

 

There is a white stencilled anti freeze do not drain sign and a yellow(ish) circle painted on the bonnet and the military registration numbers are stencilled, white on black on the diff cover and the front radiator panel.

 

I attach some photos

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What an absolute gem that is, the pto cover is still on. It is like a time capsule. Looks like a wipe over with a diesel soaked rag would make the vehicle look new again.

 

How wonderful.

 

Robin

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We have found a 1954 Ferguson TED 20 Tractor which has a military date plate fixed to it with the following information printed on it:

Tractor Land Utility 4 x 2

Chassis no : TED 371456

Vehicle no : 23 BY 40

Contract no : 6V EHS 14175CB286

 

I have had a search carried out by the RLC museum at Deepcut but sadly they have no records.

I also tried the RAF museum at Hendon, they have no record of the RAF having any of these tractors but did confirm that the military registration number 23 BY 40 is one issued to army vehicles rather than RAF ones.

 

Does anyone please have any info on these tractors in service, their uses etc.

In service photos, handbooks etc etc.

 

Thanks and Regards

Drewe

 

Hi chaps, thank you all for your interest and help.

 

We have decided to preserve the Fergie in it's present ex-service condition, we are to degrease it all, deal with any rust and spray it with a laquer which will protect and preserve the paintwork.

 

Secondly we would like to buy another one which we intend to restore to ex-factory as new condition so we can show the pair together.

 

If anyone knows of a complete ex-army TED20 for sale please get in touch.

 

Regards

 

Drewe

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We have found a 1954 Ferguson TED 20 Tractor which has a military date plate fixed to it with the following information printed on it:

Tractor Land Utility 4 x 2

Chassis no : TED 371456

Vehicle no : 23 BY 40

Contract no : 6V EHS 14175CB286

 

I have had a search carried out by the RLC museum at Deepcut but sadly they have no records.

I also tried the RAF museum at Hendon, they have no record of the RAF having any of these tractors but did confirm that the military registration number 23 BY 40 is one issued to army vehicles rather than RAF ones.

 

Does anyone please have any info on these tractors in service, their uses etc.

In service photos, handbooks etc etc.

 

Thanks and Regards

Drewe

 

Unless you have seen them already, you may find these sites helpful/interesting:-

 

http://www.fergusonclub.com/

 

http://www.fofh.co.uk/museums/museumsgb.htm

 

http://www.oldfergusontractors.com/Ferguson_Resources.htm#Ferguson

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