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Old 04-06-2011, 10:39:30 AM
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Ed, Need to get the Welker boys involved. As you know, they are probably the most knowledgable concerning the Fordson in the USA. Maybe even more than me....

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Oh By the way. Last summer I pulled a 1926 Fordson out of a boarded up barn. It was parked there in 1942 by a son who went to war and never returned. The family left it there untouched for 70 years. The barn door was boarded shut and left. The farm was sold as an estate. The land to be a housing development.
I bought the tractor from a nephew who inherited the farm. It is 100 percent complete and original. All the tools still in the toolbox. It even had the original "tractor unit" coils still in the coilbox. It was used from 1926 to 1942 so it shows some wear. The fenders are nice. It is covered with a fine coating of "barn rust".
I had it running in a few hours of tinkering.
I drove by that farm probably a thousand times and never knew it was there. I fear that they would have sent it to the junker if I hadn't got word of it.............
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:33:44 PM
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Butch My 1926 was found in a wooden floored chicken coop where it had sat for 40 years and still had lime stuck to the front and rear wheels where it had been deposited in its last job. The Nonperal[sic] spreader was behind it in perfect condition. The Welkers are a natural choice. I just talked to on of the brothers at the Beiler auction in Feb. I'll give them a call and see if they would be interested in getting the facts straight on the Fordson. Ed B
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Butch My 1926 was found in a wooden floored chicken coop where it had sat for 40 years and still had lime stuck to the front and rear wheels where it had been deposited in its last job. The Nonperal[sic] spreader was behind it in perfect condition. The Welkers are a natural choice. I just talked to on of the brothers at the Beiler auction in Feb. I'll give them a call and see if they would be interested in getting the facts straight on the Fordson. Ed B
Hi All ..........let's do it this will then draw a line in the sand for all to work from, i will post some info tonight .....R
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Glad to see a Fordson thread!

A Fordson was the first old tractor I bought and got me into this hobby. Over the years I've probably had a couple dozen Fordsons including a couple 1918 ones.

The last 1918 one I had I sold to a collector in Texas. One neat things about that tractor was it had 1918 casting dates on many parts of the tractor.

I've known Jack Heald for many many years and been to his place many times, although it has been many years now since I last saw him.

At one time I worked with him on restarting the Fordson club, but working with Jack wasn't easy as he was still 100% typewriter, while I was doing computer generated stuff. I also started the Western Antique Iron Trader around the same time and didn't have the time to try doing that and the Fordson club.

I've also got a pretty good size collection of Fordson literature and a sizable collection of the old cast iron toy Fordson's.

Unfortunately, it has been a quite a few years since I last owned a running Fordson. Still do have around 9 of them (non runners) and lots of misc. Fordson parts.
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Remember Guys The Fordson Tractor was the most important tractor ever built on Earth. That should get some interesting reactions. Ed B
Ed, Ed, Ed! You KNOW how I feel about Fordsons!!! They are such fun to work on!
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Dear Mike Did you guys ever find someone to get the coil box ignition sourted out you called me about. As I said I put a mag conversion on all my Fordsons. Have you got the Fordson Aircompressor unit up and running yet. I hope you bring it to the National HCEA show in Ill in July.Ed B
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Well, it took a little while, but here she is. Like I said, I was told it was a '19, but it's anyones guess. It didn't last an hour in my yard with the rubber on it. It had to have the steel put on! I can"t find a number on the block. It may be covered up by the upside down manifold (complete w/. model A carb). The rad has been changed out, but the rest of the tractor has consistent patina. The steel that came with it is obviously from a later tractor. Give me your thoughts as this is the first tractor I have owned with more than 2 cylinders.
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Looks like a pretty decent tractor, John. I've got a six spoke, 14 lug left wheel that you are welcome to if you want an earlier one.
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Here's some shots of the sickle. From what I can read of the tag so far, it says "Junior Mower" at the top. It has a gear box that bolts onto the back of the rear end where the hitch goes with a longer shaft coming out the back of the worm gear to drive it. From there the shaft runs forward to the belly mounted sickle bar. From what I can tell, it looks to be all there. Here's some pics.
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Jon That is a detroit Jr. Mower you have. It is one of several different mowers built for a fordson. Lucky you got the special worm gear with it. The only problem with this setup is to shift the mower in and out of gear you have to slide the coupling on the main shaft back and forth to connect and disconnect it from the rear drive. I owned one of these when I first started collecting Fordsons and like a fool sold it to a collector in NH and have never seen him or the conversion since. Of course conversions are what it is all about on Fordsons so get it up and running and have fun with it Ed B
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