Yearly Archives: 2018

Letters on Aluminium Bonnet

Letters on Aluminium Bonnet

Dear Sir.

Please apologise the inconvenience this message causes you, but it
concerns a historical point that I would like to resolve about the
manufacture of Ferguson tractors.

We know that a small number of Ferguson TE, TEA, TEF… tractors were
assembled between 1947 and 1952 with pressed aluminium body parts.

As far as I know, these parts are systematically non-load-bearing and
concern either the side panels of the bonnet, the grids, the bonnet, the
dashboard or the fuel tank.
I don’t know of any rear fenders or aluminum seats, for example.

We also know that Ferguson tractors were manufactured at Banner Lane’s
shadow factory in Coventry.
The plant was built and financed in 1939 by the British Air Ministry on
93,000 square metres and rent to the Standard Motor Company who has had
to carry out work “in the shadows” of its skills as an automotive engine
manufacturer, parts for 20,000 radial wave jacket engines Hercules VIII
type, as a subcontractor for the manufacturer Bristol Aeroplane.

The Standard Motor Company also contributed to manufacturing at its
Canley industrial site, which came into service in 1916 and was located
in the southwest suburbs of Coventry:
3000 fuselages for Bristol Beaufighter aircraft.
1100 De Havilland Mosquito, mainly the FB VI type.
750 Airspeed Oxfords.
4000 Jeeps and Beaverette light armoured vehicles.

The attribution of the origin of aluminium parts in the bodywork of
Ferguson’s tractors is often justified by the state of the British
economy at the end of the Second World War, by the appalling winter of
1946-1947, by shortages of raw materials, particularly steel and finally
by the rationing implemented by Clément Attlee governement between 1945
and 1951.

There were therefore deficiencies in the supply of steel filled by the
use of aluminium plates.

The main issue I would like to resolve is the exact origin of these
aluminium plates.
It is said on some websites that they would be parts of the cabin of
reformed or wrecked aircraft.
No documents, no sources, no evidence are published to support these
statements. Nothing exists other than the facts that show that aluminum
was used.

It so happens that I have on a TEA tractor, an entiere hood cover
completely made of aluminium, which is nothing original; but what is
unique, I think, is that under the original paint now very worn, you can
see in its middle the letters and numbers: BB3 ODQ, of a seize near
eight milimeter high and large each, over which the Ferguson grey paint
was applied in the factory.
This provides a serious indication that this is a reuse of an aluminium
sheet, previously used for another purpose, with a marking unrelated to
Ferguson.

Do you have a specific clue to identify this code ?

Knowing that the Standard Motor Company has manufactured fuselages parts
for the Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighter plane in Coventry, could the
code B.B 3 have anything to do with this aircraft?
Maybe, the BB.3 code could have a signification for any Bristol plane
like the Beaufort, or the Blenheim ones ?

I hope to be able to count on your understanding and help, and I would
like to thank you in advance.

 Editor’s note  ; If anyone can provide any further information or has any answers raised in this letter please contact Website Co-ordinator / Gary Anderson and we will forward as appropriate.


Theft of Fergie

Stolen Ferguson TE20

A Fergie was stolen from Braunston-in-Rutland, near Oakham.

Details are …Number plate JRP676
Manufactured 1954
Chassis no. 359118
Two rear new tyres

If anyone is aware of the whereabouts of this tractor please contact the Ferguson Club Chairman – Kevin Britton or the owners….at Gable Cottage on Tel: 01572723382. Thank you.

 


Newark Show

The Newark Vintage Tractor Show

Success again for the Lincolnshire area of the Ferguson Club winning best group stand at the show. Thanks go to Malcolm Robinson for nominating us for this award.
Thank you to all club members and wives for help setting up on Friday manning the stand all weekend and taking down Sunday night, to the chairman, vice chairman and all area reps far and wide for their help and support on the stand. Special thanks to Peter Aston for bringing displays and manning the merchandise stall and signing up new members. To Judy for her floral displays of pots and buckets which enhance the look of the stand and play a functional role, also her wonderful Armistice Sunday Centenary Display. To David for serving tea/coffee and the generosity of the visitors resulting in £178 in the pot for John and Judy to present to Macmillan Cancer Care. Thank you to members who brought tractors and implements to display on the stand, it was a bonus when we finished up with a winner on the stand Chris Turner from South Yorkshire with his 1955 TEF 20.
John, Nigel and myself spent most of Saturday judging which is a hard day due to the standard of restorations but one we all enjoy. This year we had the best entry of Ferguson implements ever both on and off the stand the winner being the original mk1 three ton tipping trailer owned by Colin Taylor, commiserations to all you runners up.
Overall it was a good show and a great weekend for the club and the visitors.
Regards John Sharpe.


Carrington Rally 2019

Carrington Rally 2019

To celebrate 60 yrs of the rally the theme will be made and supplied in Lincolnshire.
The Ferguson Club is looking for members with implements or memorabilia with a Lincolnshire connection to display on the stand. We also require nine tractors to cover all four registration areas of the County.
-DO and -JL  Holland.
-CT and -TL.  Kesteven.
-BE  -FU and -FW. Lindsey.
-FE and -VL  Lincoln.
Any members with Ferguson or MF tractors with these registrations please contact any of the following if you can help.

David Chapman. 07966402141
Nigel Harness. 07702322088
John Sharpe. 07971286030


British Rubber Co.

For those members that have been waiting many months, Reproduction Ferguson T20 Goodyear diamond pattern rear tyres and now available to order from British Rubber Co.

Call Tom on tel: 01274 585427