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Ley154
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1 of 6  Mon 10th Dec 2012 9:18pm  
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Hello everybody, I would like your help. I'm currently writing about some prototype tractors that were built by Harry Fergusons' Tractor Research Division between 1961 and 1965. They were called Mk1's and had a 948cc BMC diesel engine. The design went on to be the BMC Mini 9/16 tractor. I have been searching for these prototypes and have found 8 so far with another 7 to go. I currently own two of these, registered 496EUE and EAC943C. Can anyone who worked at TR or knows about these prototypes and would like to talk about them or who has pictures, records etc to aid my story about them please contact me on 01453 547577 or 07941 890062. Many thanks. John Poulter.
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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2 of 6  Thu 26th Nov 2020 8:23pm  
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Reading this old post. Does anyone know if Harry Ferguson's Tractor Research became F F Developments (Ferguson Four-wheel Drive)? FFD had a factory at Toll Bar End, before moving to Wolston and then finally to Leamington.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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3 of 6  Thu 26th Nov 2020 8:49pm  
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This is from a 1973 article about Noel Penny Turbines taking over the factory.
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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4 of 6  Thu 26th Nov 2020 9:00pm  
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Thanks Annewiggy. The Major and his son Tony went on to develop a 4 wheel drive system for ambulances. They also developed rally car gearboxes. From the original site, they moved into the old Bluemels factory in Wolston. FFD was purchased by Ricardo PLC around 1997
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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5 of 6  Fri 27th Nov 2020 10:46am  
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Mick, from what I've read the Ferguson 4 was like a few other engineering feats - pioneered by one but developed and made successful by others.
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scrutiny
coventry
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6 of 6  Sun 29th Nov 2020 4:26pm  
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Funny thing. Lot 628, Standard-built the Ferguson TE 20 but sold all rights to Massey Ferguson in 1959. I have pics, I think, of their sales visit to Yugoslavia. Too much info at the mo. Oh my Edited by member, 29th Nov 2020 5:01 pm
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