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1922 Fordson F Restoration


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Old 04-02-2017, 09:51:46 PM
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Thanks for adding me to your site. I have been browsing several of the posting since joining and found a wonderful wealth of knowledge. I'm very glad I found your site. I thought I might contribute a little with some photos of a project I'm working on in the shop for a friend. It is a 1922 Fordson F. It had its home in West Union, Ohio till the owner passed away. It then sold at auction with an auctioneer purchasing it. It was sold again to fella who simply let it sit in his yard after purchasing it (the current owner said he only left his house to buy beer). The friend who owns it said that he saw it while delivering mail and was finally able to bring it home. This was around 20 or 25 years after it first sold. He has had it for 10 years in a barn. I started on it a couple years after restoring an Allis Chalmers B for him, which belonged to his dad. My great grandfather had an F but I never got to see it (was scrapped long ago) and these old birds are new to me since I grew up on two cylinder machines. It has been a learning experience to say the least and a lot of fun. Several things on this tractor would have looked like farmer add-ons were it not for Ed Bezanson's Fordson Accessory book. I counted seven different add-ons or modifications. It has a Fordson drawbar extension, aftermarket belt pulley (can't make out the name on the grease cup), farmer-made cut out rear wheels, long axles from a Moline cultivator, Wehr governor, clutch pedal lock, and a modified manifold that allowed the use of an updraft carburetor from a Model A ford. The rear wheels and carb are the only farmer-made add-ons. I decided to leave all in place but restored and nice looking. The end plan is to make a placard with the different add-ons listed and advertising material present where available. I also plan to make plates to identify each thing on the tractor. While it may not be a true original restoration, it preserves the history of such modifications, which I have learned were not to uncommon when it came to Fordsons. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the story.
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Old 04-02-2017, 10:08:31 PM
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Some more pictures from the teardown. Another interesting sidenote comes from the long axles. After I discovered what they were from I talked to my friend about them. He told me the story of how when the tractor was first auctioned the cultivators and tractor were still together. The tractor went one way and the cultivators went another. When my friend bought the tractor word got to the man who had the cultivators. He wanted to sell them to my friend. The bad part is that my friend never made time to go get them and this fellow passed away quite suddenly after receiving a cancer diagnosis. The man had lots of scrap items at his place and the best we figure is that the cultivators made their way to a scrapyard somewhere during his estate sale as it was mostly scrap guys doing the bidding that day.
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More photos.
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More teardown.
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Last of the teardown and some of the first blasted parts.
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The first two show the governor and an advertisement for it. The second show the creative use of an old valve someone came up with in order to hold the radiator cap on.
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Final photos for now. Some of the reassembly and one of the rear wheels as I was grinding the gobbed metal off from where the centers were torched out. The final photo is my most recent work on the tractor when I got the wheels in the booth to prime. I am waiting on three two machine shops to get done with engine components so I can finish primary assembly and the do a test on the engine and transmission.
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To the Old Time Farmer. Thanks for the great posting on your Fordson Project. Your idea of listing all the aftermarket things is a great one. I have owned maybe 30 Fordson's over the past 35 years and no 2 are the same. It is to bad you lost the Moline conversion to the scrap man but that has happened often over the years. The project seems to be coming along nicely. Cant wait to see the finished project. Welcome to the STAK. Ed B
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Thanks Ed. Your book has been priceless in researching this project and an absolute joy to read. I was upset too when I found out about the cultivators. I honestly wish he had never told me his "the one that got away" story. It would have made it a little easier. Ha ha.
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Except for the lack of fenders and the governor, that is a spittin image of mine right down to the cut out rear wheel faces.
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Here's a tip before you try running it if you plan on running it with a dry water air washer.
Lay a piece of wood in the bottom of the air washer so the float can't bottom or you'll drive yourself trying to figure out why it won't run right.......
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If you need help with how anything goes, I have a nice running Fordson. It has been converted to a paper air filter too.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showt...=155695&page=3
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Thanks Craig and Nate. I appreciate all the help and advice I can get on this thing. Was talking to another staker that I know from a close show (OVAM) when I was putting the clutch together and got some very valuable info on keeping the metal plates from sticking together. I'm really enjoying the education on this machine.
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Nate: Is that Pickering governor hooked up and if so can we get a closeup or diagram of the linkage. I have several variations of governors and would love to know how they are setup to work. Ed B
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