How to identify an old ferguson tractor

Written by kevin mclain
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The older Massey tractors were built and distributed by the Massey-Harris company. In 1953, the Massey Harris company merged with Harry Ferguson to become Massey Ferguson tractors. The serial numbers for all Massey Harris and Massey Ferguson tractors can be found in various places on the tractor. The serial number of the tractor must be obtained before the exact make, model and manufacture date of the tractor can be determined. Double-check the serial number to ensure that all the numbers and letters are correct.

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Things you need

  • Owners manual
  • Flashlight
  • Notepad
  • Pen

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Look through the Massey Ferguson owners manual if applicable for the tractor's serial number. The serial number will be either on the front cover or within the first two pages. If not, move on to the tractor.

  2. 2

    Climb up into the tractor's seat. Look below the lower left-hand side and lower right-hand side of the steering wheel panel for the serial number. Certain older Ferguson tractors have the serial number stamped to a plate that is mounted to one of these areas of the steering wheel panel. If so, write down the serial number on a notepad. If not, climb down off the tractor.

  3. 3

    Inspect the left- and right-hand sides of the tractor's mainframe. Certain older Ferguson tractors have the serial number stamped to a plate on the outside of one of these areas of the mainframe. If so, write down the serial number on the notepad. If not, move underneath the tractor.

  4. 4

    Inspect the top of the transmission housing for the serial number. Certain older Ferguson tractors have the serial number stamped to a plate that is mounted to the top of the transmission housing. If so, write down the serial number on the notepad. Once the serial number has been located and written down, write down the location of the serial number also.

  5. 5

    Contact or visit a local Massey Ferguson dealer or a local Massey Ferguson parts store to identify the make, model and manufacture date by the serial number. The store representative will cross reference the serial number and locate the make, model and manufacture date of the tractor. This completes the process of identifying an older Ferguson tractor.

Tips and warnings

  • The serial numbers on older Ferguson tractors may be faded or covered with dirt and grease. If so, clean off the serial number with a wire brush so that the numbers and letters can be properly read.
  • Use a flashlight if necessary to locate the serial numbers under the tractor.
  • Always double-check the serial numbers to ensure that all the numbers have been read correctly. If one number or letter is off, this will prevent the proper make, model and manufacture date of the tractor from being obtained.
  • Always ensure that the tractor is on a level surface and in gear before climbing underneath the tractor.

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