Our Level 3 Agricultural Engineering students often undertake some interesting restoration projects as part of their course and every so often, a fantastic and unique opportunity comes along.
Chris Daws approached Machinery Lecturer Steve Pike at an agricultural show to explain he’d inherited an old tractor, which came with the property he’d bought. Stored in the shed, the machine was in very poor condition.
The tractor in question turned out to be a classic Ferguson 'Grey Fergie' TEF20.
Built in 1956, it is the later diesel version of the popular grey Ferguson series – and Chris was looking for someone to restore it so he could use it to cut the grass across his 3 acres of land. After assessing the condition of the machine, it became clear that the project would be great experience for the Level 3 students, as it covered numerous criteria for the course, including the electrical, hydraulics and repair process units.
The students jumped at the chance to work on this classic machine and got to work. The project involved a complete engine rebuild, gearbox service, refurbishment of the brakes and steering as well as brand new tyres and fresh paintwork.
Chris came to the college over the summer to collect his beloved Grey Fergie and meet the students. Needless to say, he was delighted with the work and we think the results shown in the pictures speak for themselves!
Our students certainly ensured that there’s a future for this old Fergie.