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Nuffield Universal 3
Nuffield Universal 3 reg OJL 77 (restored) - at Newark 08 - IMG 3609
An Concourse restored 1958 Universal 3 at Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show 2008
Model history
Model introduced 1957 November
Model discontinued 1961 September
Model status Discontinued
No. produced Unknown
Superseded by Nuffield 3/42
Engine Specification
Engine make BMC
Fuel type Diesel
Power hp 28 hp
Governed rpm {{{governedrpm}}}
Displacement cu in /(litre) ? cu. in (2.55 litre)
No. of Cylinders 3
Bore in (mm) 3.9 inches (95 mm)
Stroke in (mm) 4.7 inches (120 mm
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type unknown
Clutch ?
Gearbox make BMC
Forward 5
Reverse 1
Drive 2-WD
Linkage Category Unknown
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front 7.5 x 18
Rear 12 x 38
Tractor Dimensions
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 5,650 lb
Other info
Factories Cowley, Oxford, till 1963
Bathgate, Scotland
Plow rating Unknown
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The Nuffield Universal 3 was built by Nuffield from 1957 to 1961 at the Morris factory at Cowley, Oxford.

Model History Edit

For Company history see
Main article: Nuffield

The detailed history of this model is unknown. Can you help add any history for it ?

Timeline Edit

  • Introduced in 1957 to compete with the smaller Ferguson and Ford models, with a 5-forward 1 reverse gearbox. Optional fitted with a side mounted belt pulley and/or IPTO.

Factory locations Edit

  • Cowley Oxford (Morris works)

Specification Edit

For basic spec. see Info Box.

Variations and Options Edit

Details required of model options.

Serial Numbers Information Edit

Serial Numbers and Year of Manufacture data[1]
Year Serial run Number Built Notes (Total built 9468).
1957 3DL771-501 1045 First built August
1958 3DL771-1546 1768
1959 3DL771-3314 2445
1960 3DL771-5759 2390
1961 3DL771-8204 1820 3DL771-10024 Last one built December
year serial no Number built Notes

serial 772-0501 until 772-3063 where IPTO models

Other serial related information:

  • Lucas 12Volt dynamo type C39P2 used to engine No. 38241
  • Lucas 12Volt dynamo type C40 used from engine No. 38242
  • Starter motor lever-engaged used to engine No. 5304
  • Starter motor solenoid-operated used from engine No. 5305
  • From Engine No. 14063 the timing chain drive is replaced by a train of helical gears
  • From Engine No. 9435 they modified the camshaft and Valve stand-down dimensions.
  • From Engine No. 14968 A modified Purolator oil filter is fitted

Preservation Edit

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List of Preserved Nuffield Universal 3 tractors
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Make + Model No.
Reg No.
(if known)
Serial No. Build-Date Engine Owner
(if known)
Photo Were seen/Featured in Other info
Nuffield Universal 3 8406 AD+ 3DL 772-2441 1957 BMC Diesel Peter Tanuck To add at Belvoir Castle show 2009
Nuffield Universal 3 HSU 823+  ? year ? BMC Diesel owner ? Nuffield Universal 3 - HSU 823 at Duncombe Park 09 - IMG 7990 At Duncombe Park Steam Rally 2009
Nuffield Universal 3 OJL 77+  ? year ? BMC Diesel Owner ? Nuffield Universal 3 reg OJL 77 (restored) - at Newark 08 - IMG 3609 Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show 200?
Nuffield Universal 3 PUX 880+ 1958 BMC Diesel J. Snell To add at Belvoir Castle show 2009
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Were seen at notes
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Gallery Edit

See also Edit

Collector related

References / Sources Edit

  1. Nuffield Leyland & Marshall 1948-85 by Allan T. Condie

External Links Edit

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