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Fordson F - First Time Owner


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Old 10-14-2017, 10:37:01 AM
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I picked up this 1923 Fordson F recently. I have been looking at Fordsons on and off for a while, and this is my first one. Not only is it in good working order but purchasing this allowed me to make a new local contact. As this is my first experience owning a model F, I will have a few questions.

First question is on this Pierce governor. This unit works, and the previous owner did some work on it, but it has some lag time before it corrects the engine speed. Does anyone have some setup information they can share or some photos of the linkages?


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Looks like a nice complete tractor, you made a good purchase.
Iv'e had different brands but the ol Fordsons still interest me, someday maybe i'll have a nice one.
The guys in the know will be along soon on the governor.
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I have the main tank off for cleaning so there’s more pictures and information. The previous owner told me that the pin behind the spring on the throttle rod at the vaporizer was missing when he acquired the tractor and installed a new one. Could this have been removed because of the governor being installed?
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Default Re: Fordson F - First Time Owner

Hi Big,
Nice original tractor. Hard to find one that hasn't been molested. Looks very original.
I would open the throttle cover on the vaporizer. Just remove the one nut and it should slide back. Sometimes the coupler in there is worn and sloppy allowing play in the throttle. I would check that. You will have to install a spring as it holds the throttle coupling in to reduce movement.
Of course a few other factors may cause it such as ignition timing, fuel, carbon etc but do one thing at a time.
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So, the warm days here are coming to an end and as my shop is insulation challenged, I have been focusing on doing some cleanup and preservation work. I am fond of the look of this tractor so no paint here.

I am in the process of changing the oils, and a question came to mind. The transmission looked like it had not been changed in a while and the oil was black, so who knows what exactly was in there. When I drained it it seemed to be heavy so I am guessing it was the proper oil. Since it was so dirty I flushed it out a couple of times with kerosene, letting it sit full of kerosene for a week before draining it. Then I drained the engine, I didn't find any evidence of kerosene in the engine so I am assuming the two cavities are still sealed from each other. My more modern tractors all have dry clutches, so my question is what type of seal is between the engine and transmission oil and how would one tell if it is leaking? It is quite easy to tell on my newer units as they will slobber out the drain hole underneath the clutch if the engine main seal or transmission input shaft seal are leaking.
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and another photo to keep things interesting
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Very nice Fordson , I really like as it is cause it has a lot. The Holley 234 , looks great that picture is worth a million to me ,can't find them that way all have been modified.
I don't know anything about pierce , I have to taco governor and I can't find out much on it .
My tractor came out of Owaso Michigan in the late twenty ,I see you are from Michigan too neat ?
Sorry not much help ,

---------- Post added at 09:35:56 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:20:56 AM ----------

I know a guy ( Keith) , I talked to from Madison ,Ohio (Keith Garage ) He would be one person that I would call , he possibly might have an answer about the Governer
He shows his Fordsons around Northeast Ohio . ��������
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nice looking tractor! I have a 28 with the governor and the sping in question in post 3 is loose on shaft[no pin]. I think the spring makes too much drag.
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