Yesterday's Tractor Co. Shop Now
   Allis Chalmers Case Farmall IH Ford 8N,9N,2N Ford
   Ferguson John Deere Massey Ferguson Minn. Moline Oliver
Classified Ads
Photo Ads
Tractor Parts

Discussion Forums
Project Journals
Tractor Town
Your Stories
Show & Pull Guide
Events Calendar
Hauling Schedule

Tractor Photos
Implement Photos
Vintage Photos
Help Identify
Parts & Pieces
Stuck & Troubled
Vintage Ads
Community Album
Photo Ad Archives

Research & Info
Tractor Registry
Tip of the Day
Safety Cartoons
Tractor Values
Serial Numbers
Tune-Up Guide
Paint Codes
List Prices
Production Nbrs
Tune-Up Specs
Torque Values
3-Point Specs

Tractor Games
Just For Kids
Virtual Show
Museum Guide
Memorial Page
Feedback Form

Yesterday's Tractors Facebook Page

Related Sites
Tractor Shed
Ford 8N/9N Club
Today's Tractors
Garden Tractors
Classic Trucks
Kountry Life
Fordson Tractors Discussion Forum

Re: Fordson in the snow

[Show Entire Topic]  

Welcome Guest, Log in or Register
Author  [Modern View]
Dave Kahle

02-05-2011 16:52:11

Report to Moderator

When I get some deep snow I'll have a go at it and post the results. The tractor was purchased in Ontario, California a few years ago. I bought it primarily for the perfect 6 spoke rears which I have powder coated and waiting for a 1918 restoration project I have planned. When I received the tractor I found that the crank, cam, fuel tanks, manifold, carb, seat, etc. were all beyond rapair and had to be replaced. We drove the pistons out with a sledge hammer and completely redid the valve system. The rear wheels in the picture were on a tractor I purchased in Michigan some years back. When I restored it I put the original style grouser rears on it and rebuilt and powder coated the Grid-Iron-Grips for the snow-tractor project. The original 1919 tractor did not have the ladder style radiator sides but I wanted it to be the same as the picture that I am certain you saw from 80 - 90 years ago so I redid it with a new core and the ladder sides.

I reverse engineered the skis by copying pictures I found on the net. They are laminated white oak, 4" wide and banded on the leading and trailing ends and bottom with hand formed 1/4 x 4" cold rolled steel. The hubs were salvaged from rusted F & H aftermarket wheels I dug out of the scrap. I cut off the spokes, turned the hub to a constant diameter and constructed U-bolts to attach the hub to the top part of the skis. There are 1/4" x 4" steel plates on top and below the hubs through which run the U-bolts and all-thread which go from top to bottom. I probably spent about as much time and money making the skis as I did restoring the tractor.

The tie-rod was tricky as the ends of the skis move at a different rate than the point at which the original tie-rod attaches. We constructed a spring loaded tie-rod to replace the original to fix that problem. I have no idea how they dealt with the problem a hundred years ago.

The steering wheel is a reproduction of an original 1918 maple wheel which was made up of eight segments in two plys which are fingerjointed just like the original. We made that in our shop.

I have spent some time in the woods with the tractor and was impressed by how well it handles crossing dead fallen trees and ruts etc. The faster it is driven the easier it handles. The video was all taken in high gear at about 3/4 throttle and the snow bank took all the torque I had.

There are additional pics which show the skis more clearly on this site dated 10-05-10.

[Log in to Reply]   [No Email]
[Show Entire Topic]     [Options]  [Printer Friendly]  [Posting Help]  [Return to Forum]   [Log in to Reply]

Hop to:

Fast Shipping!  Most of our stocked parts ship within 24 hours (M-Th). Expedited shipping available, just call! Most prices for parts and manuals are below our competitors. Compare our super low shipping rates! We have the parts you need to repair your tractor. We are a company you can trust and have generous return policies. Shop Online Today or call our friendly sales staff toll free (800) 853-2651. [ About Us ]

Home  |  Forums

Copyright © 1997-2018 Yesterday's Tractor Co.

All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Trade Marks and Trade Names contained and used in this Website are those of others, and are used in this Website in a descriptive sense to refer to the products of others. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

TRADEMARK DISCLAIMER: Tradenames and Trademarks referred to within Yesterday's Tractor Co. products and within the Yesterday's Tractor Co. websites are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co., our products, or our website nor are we sponsored by them. John Deere and its logos are the registered trademarks of the John Deere Corporation. Agco, Agco Allis, White, Massey Ferguson and their logos are the registered trademarks of AGCO Corporation. Case, Case-IH, Farmall, International Harvester, New Holland and their logos are registered trademarks of CNH Global N.V.

Yesterday's Tractors - Antique Tractor Headquarters