Harry Ferguson's invaluable contribution to agricultural practice is his famous three-point hitch system. Designed back in the 1930s, this ingenious device supported trailed implements hydraulically, maintaining ride height and thus enabling tractors to remain stable. In 1938 a gentleman's agreement was concluded with Ford to build tractors incorporating the Ferguson System. The first such model was the immensely popular Ford-Ferguson 9N, which also featured a hydraulic 'power take off' (PTO) for driving trailed implements. Ford continued to use Ferguson's patented technology after the partnership dissolved in 1946, leading to a protracted legal dispute. In the meantime, Harry Ferguson turned to the Standard Motor Company for the manufacture of a new design of tractor, the TE20. Known to all as the 'little grey Fergie' on account of its drab colour scheme, it was made in several variants between 1946 and 1956, during which time some 500,000 were produced.
This petrol/heavy oil-engined Fergie was acquired by the vendor in August 2011 from long-term storage. A programme of refurbishment commenced to include a full service with replacement oils and filters; new water pump; new front tyres; and upgrading the electrics to 12-volt with a new dynamo, regulator box, wiring loom and battery (6-volt parts included in sale). Repainted in Ferguson Grey, the tractor starts and runs well, with its hydraulics working correctly. Suitable for showing or light use, it comes with service manual and restoration invoices totalling £730.
Please note the catalogue description should read "petrol TVO (tractor vapourising oil)" not heavy oil.