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We’ve had a busy week here at VTE…
Release of the Perkins 3 cylinder DVD, sending copies out to customers and receiving lots of comments, questions and photos of your tractors.
One thing that a few people have been asking is what do we intend to look at in the future?
What We Have Been Thinking
We do have a TEF20 in the shed with a seized engine. The intention is to do an engine rebuild on that tractor, although we don’t know exactly what we are going to find. It looks like someone has been inside the engine recently so we don’t even know if all the components will be in there! We’ve had that tractor for over 2 years now, but then the customer came along with the 3 cylinder ’35 which we decided to film first.
We also get asked quite a lot about wiring and vehicle electrics. So, we have been thinking about firstly looking at how to fit a wiring harness for some of the more common tractors – MF35 (link to MF35 wiring diagram), TE20, TEA distributor and carburetor, Dexta and Major.
But we also think it would be good to go right back to basics with electrics. Starting from all the theory and how electrical circuits work. If people were to get an understanding of that, then they should be able to work out for themselves how to build systems from scratch and how to troubleshoot and repair any problems.
Yes we would look at the wiring harnesses that connect components such as ignition switch, regulator box, starter motor, heater plugs, alternator/dynamo – as that is a common problem. Many of the harnesses produced by non-genuine parts manufacturers don’t have the same colour coding of the wires as the original harness, which obviously causes confusion (why they haven’t produced the harness in the same colours as the original, VTE cannot understand!). But we can also look at lights, indicators etc. and how to build (or repair) a working system.
There is a lot of interest in Dexta, Major, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 fords, 100 series Masseys and also 500 series Masseys.
The subject (tractor mechanical problems) is almost endless so there’s no doubt more to do than we ever will get done, but we enjoy doing it and enjoy hearing (and learning) from people about their tractors, problems and solutions.
What Do You Want?
Those are some of our ideas, but what do you want?
We’re always interested in your ideas and problems. If we find that lots of you have a completely different problem/need than we have talked about here then let us know. That’s the beauty of working through a website – that we can hear all your comments and questions and then produce what you want (rather than producing something and hoping that it’s what you want).
Just leave a comment below with your suggestions (you will need to go to the website to do this if you have received this article via email).
Steve and Ian (busy little Vintage Tractor Engineers)