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This video is for the 4 cylinder diesel engine, we also have a DVD for the 3 cylinder Perkins engine. Information also relates to the TO35, FE35 and MF835 tractors in this engine repair video.


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  • Save money on hiring a mechanic
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Get the satisfaction of doing the job yourself
  • No need to buy and follow a workshop manual
  • How to assess which parts need replacing
  • Complete each aspect of the refurbishment with meticulous precision
  • Be sure that the engine repair has been carried out properly
  • Includes clutch set-up
  • Learn techniques often ommitted from workshop manuals

Dismantling and rebuilding a tractor engine can be a daunting task for most people. With this video anyone can undertake an engine repair with the confidence of achieving a high quality result. Ian Ridsdale chronicles each step of the engine rebuild on a 1959 Massey Ferguson 35 with the 4 cylinder Standard Motor Company 23C diesel engine. Ian shows us how to dismantle the engine, measure and assess the engine parts for wear and then guides the viewer through the rebuild. The film begins with a rusty old tractor with a smoking and clattering engine. Viewers see a quality restoration before the finished machine is put to work in the field – a nostalgic moment for anyone who has worked with one of these tractors.

Unrestored Massey Ferguson 35, 23C engien
23C Camshaft
Clutch Plate

With close-up camera shots you can freeze frame, rewind and watch all the intricate procedures over and over again. Anyone can undertake specific repairs or a full engine rebuild after watching this video, it’s like having the mechanic in the workshop with you! The film contains all the necessary information to complete any individual repairs such as replacing the cylinder head gasket, timing the engine, assessing and refurbishing the oil pump, clutch set-up and adjustment, fitting a new wiring loom etc.

MF35 crankshaft and shells
Standard 23C injection pump drive
Timing injection pump

This video is not only of interest to those who are going to undertake their own engine rebuild, but also enthusiasts who are interested to see the internal engine components of this tractor, how to assess these components and the methods used to carry out the repairs.

Assessing engine lubricating oil pump
setting MF35 tractor clutch
Bearing shell marks
Tightening cylinder head bolts

This video includes:

  • The unrestored tractor
  • Splitting engine and transmission
  • Safe clutch removal
  • Safe cylinder head removal
  • Removing pistons
  • Removing liners
  • Fitting pistons
  • Assessing pistons and liners
  • Assessing crankshaft, camshaft and bearings
  • Timing, sprocket alignment and chain tensioner
  • Setting valve gap clearances
  • Injection pump timing and backlash
  • Oil pump assessment and refurbishment
  • Replacing cylinder head, including tightening the set screws
  • Clutch set-up and adjustment
  • Bleeding off and starting
  • The restored tractor back in the field
MF35 timing chain
MF35 rockers
WIring loom

What people have said….

These comments are from our customers, but if you would like to read more independent views then please take a look at what people have said on our eBay feedback.

I’d just like to thank you for the MF35 rebuild Video I purchased from you recently, it has allowed me to transform my non-starting rebuilt 23c engine to a happily starting one, with only a day of stripping and readjusting – best money I’ve spent in a long time! I’d recommend the Video to anyone. Cheers Alex. Alex T , Cornwall

Thanks to you and Ian for your help, it is running like a top now and blowing no smoke. If I speak to others rebuilding these tractors, I will tell them the first thing to get is your Video. M T , Victoria, Australia

Very impressed, well done. If you can send me an e-mail when your next Video is complete I will place an immediate order. J O, Scotland Thanks a lot.

I have already had great use for the DVD. Great quality and very instructive. M W , Sweden

A freind has your dvd, I think it’s awesome. If you made one rebuilding a 4cyl diesel nuffield, I’d be one of your first customers. A J

Hi Vintage Tractor Engineer, Thanks so much for the great Video showing the 23c rebuild process. It’s so well made and will enable even an amateur like myself to attempt the engine and clutch rebuild. Even if our 1959 FE-35 23c MF (#SDM161488) is not urgently in need of a rebuild, we’ve learned so much about the intricacies of the engine that the enjoyment of owning the tractor is greatly increased. I’m very much looking forward to your Video about the hydraulic system. It only took 9 days for the DVD to reach us here in Canada. Thanks again, P R BC Canada

Hi I bought the MF35 Engine Rebuild DVD and found it invaluable, many thanks. I now have recently bought a Ferguson TE f 20 and was wondering if you have an Engine Rebuild Video for that model? Best wishes. Brian.

Hi Steve. I have just watched your Video. The complete idiots guide to rebuilding the little Fergy. Fabulous, thoughly enjoyed every minute. Many thanks for 2 hours of information and complete enjoyment. Jeff Thomas. Newport, Gwent.

The Standard diesel engine was notoriously difficult to start and any engine wear and resultant loss of compression will compound this problem. This often necessitates an engine rebuild for the FE 35, TO 35 or MF 35 tractors, and completing this task can transform a good restoration into a superb one. Due to the age of these tractors and the amount of work they have done it may not be the first time the engine has been rebuilt (the film shows what to look for when measuring the crankshaft and how to understand the marked numbers on the bearings), but what ever the circumstances we wish you well with you tractor restoration project.

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Vintage Tractor Engineer just has one more thing to add…

Q. Is this video a Hollywood blockbuster with specail effects, highly paid film stars and a multi-million dollar budget?

A. No it isn’t

Q. Does this video show you how to undertake the repair in clear step-by-step detail?

A.  Yes, in clear detail that a complete beginner can follow!!!

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Further Information To Accompany This Video

MF35 (23C) torque settings to accompany this video.

Fitting Injection Pump Timing Gear.

Timing camshaft using protractor method.