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Re: Fordson Model F

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Maine Fordson

08-20-2010 16:34:41

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It's difficult to say from your description; they could be any number of things.

As I mentioned in my previous post, there were a lot of aftermarket accessories available for the Fordson, ranging from external magnetos to water pumps to varying styles of drawbar/hitch to entire manifold/carburetor assemblies to primitive power take-offs powering mowing machines, binders and early combines. The only thing that comes to mind from your description (re: a "lever that looks like it would rotate, that seems to go back to the carb/butterfly housing area") would be remnants of a governor, but without a photo to consult, it's just a guess.

Don't worry about the engine being stuck; it's a common malady. Just pull the plugs, squirt in a little light oil (e.g. Marvel Mystery Oil, or plain transmission fluid), then replace the plugs and leave it alone for a few days. With the weather as warm as it is now, the heat will help the oil work its way down by the pistons, and hopefully free them up. Sometimes it helps to stand on the starting handle (crank), if you're not too heavy. (Use your best judgement.)

Before you try to run the engine, it's a good idea to do an oil change. Use non-detergent 30-weight in the engine crankcase.
Also, if you look through the archives on this site you'll find tons of useful info, hints, even pictures.
-- Maine Fordson

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08-20-2010 17:27:23

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 Re: Fordson Model F in reply to Maine Fordson, 08-20-2010 16:34:41  
Thanks for all the info. I will try and get some pictures posted later tonight, then possibly you all can have a look and tell me what you think.

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08-20-2010 18:54:35

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 Re: Fordson Model F in reply to REPO, 08-20-2010 17:27:23  
If you can't get your photobucket account working, you can use the Upload Photo on the posting form. I set your account so it doesn't have new user restriction.

Thanks and welcome,


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08-20-2010 20:04:57

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 Re: Fordson Model F in reply to YTSupport, 08-20-2010 18:54:35  
Ok, hopefully this works. Here is the picture of the front of the engine showing the little lever, and the 2 studs where I think something was mounted previously. Hopefully someone can shed some light on this for me!

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08-20-2010 20:11:01

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 Re: Fordson Model F in reply to REPO, 08-20-2010 20:04:57  
Ok, so the first one worked, so I am going to post a series of pictures, hopefully you guys/gals can look them over really well, and point out any missing items. I have not purchased this tractor yet, and am a little scared that when I do, I won't be able to find the items I need. Please let me know what you think!

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08-20-2010 20:41:42

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 Re: Fordson Model F in reply to REPO, 08-20-2010 20:11:01  
Here is another picture of the front of the engine area, you can see those two studs sticking out again.

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