23C Air Cleaner Oil Level

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We sometimes like to re-visit previous topics.  This is a discussion from the forum about the oil bath air cleaner oil level.  VTE has a few bits of information to add at the end of this article…



I have never been very clear as to how much oil should be put in the oil container […]

By |December 12th, 2013|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|Comments Off on 23C Air Cleaner Oil Level

White Smoke And Misfire, Perkins Engine

The Problem
We recently had a message from Jock who has been getting white smoke and misfire when the engine is ticking over (Perkins 3A.152).  The engine had recently been rebuilt with a crank re-grind, head skim and piston/liner replacement.

When hot and working hard the engine runs fine, seems to have sufficient power and burns clean […]

By |May 18th, 2013|Engines|2 Comments

Replacing Crankshaft Rope Seals

Oil leaking from a tractor clutch housing is a common problem.  We often get asked about this and what the repair involves.  The following information is based on a MF35 tractor, but the procedure is similar for many makes of tractor.

Oil entering the clutch/flywheel housing can be coming from one of two places.  It is […]

By |March 25th, 2013|Engines|Comments Off on Replacing Crankshaft Rope Seals

Perkins 3A.152 Data And Tightening Torques

There are just a few data specifications which are useful for the 3 cylinder Perkins engine.  These accompany our Rebuild DVD for this engine.



Tappet Setting (cold) 0.012″ (.305mm)

Operating Oil Pressure 25-30 p.s.i. or more at normal speeds

Relif Valve Setting 50-65 p.s.i.

Backlash in Timing Gears 0.003″ / 0.006″ (0.0762 – 0.1524 mm)

Injector Pressure Setting 120 Atmospheres

Fuel […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|1 Comment

MF35, 3A.152, Rebuild Photos

We have already shown some snap-shots from the strip-down of this engine.  Today’s photos from the DVD (34 of them!!!) are from the rebuild process, including the visit to the engineers.  Here they are, enjoy…

I hope these snap-shots from the film go some way to showing the detail we have tried to cover in the […]

By |January 2nd, 2013|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|Comments Off on MF35, 3A.152, Rebuild Photos

Video Of Rob’s 23C Engine Running After Rebuild

Rob has kindly sent in this video of his tractor running for the first time after doing a rebuild on the engine.  Here is what Rob had to say.
Hi Steve/Ian

I would just like to say a big thank you for making the 23c rebuild dvd. I went out on tuesday nice warm day bled the […]

By |September 24th, 2012|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|2 Comments

Perkins A3.152 Engine Rebuild Trailer, Part 1

People keep asking us when we are going to make a DVD for the Perkins A3.152 engine. We promised it a long time ago, and now we’ve actually got started on the project. The first stage of filming is complete and so here’s a quick two minute taster of why this engine was […]

By |May 24th, 2012|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|9 Comments

Restored FE35 4 Cylinder Starting In Cold Weather

We often get emails and photos from customers who have restored their tractors (and it’s great to see how people have got on).

Andrew (who incidently has a quaint little holliday cottage in Whitby) has sent us a video of his grey and red FE35 starting up from cold in winter time…

Andrew thought the video may […]

By |April 17th, 2012|Engines, MF35 FE35 TO35|6 Comments