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Re: Fordson identification help

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Steve Welker

11-09-2012 04:49:34

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Just like I said on the smokstak, If you ever drove an irish fordson (or american for that matter) on rubber, you would want to change the steering! They steer incredibly hard! Sitting still it feels like you will break the steering wheel before it will turn! The original steering is very quick (and therefor takes alot of effort), about 1 turn lock-to-lock. The steel wheels tend to have a much smaller contact patch and steer much easier. Using a regular steering box with this homemade dash would have been like adding power steering. The english Ns from 33 thru 37 are better steering but not great. Then in 37 they added a regular steering box similar in design to your homemade setup. These steer very nice.

Also with the dipstick for checking oil level, It would be a 1931 or 1932 as prior to 1931 oil level was checked with 2 petcocks on the oil pan. My bet is a 1931 because in 1932 the ribbed radiator and lettered side started to be used.
The fuel tank say Ford Motor Company Ltd. The Ltd (Limited) is what ford had on there overseas made tractors. This is an Irish tank from the 1931 time period. The 1930 and earlier tank said Ford Motor Company, Ltd. - Cork, Ireland. Later in 1931 the tank said Ford Motor Company, Ltd. - England - Made in Irish Free States. Your tank was used for a short period of time in 1931 and was used in conjuntion with a cast iron dash plaque that said Made in Irish Free States.

The no serial number is very common. Ford did not number replacement engines until after the end of model N production in 1945. This is when the high compression E27Ns started blowing up engines left and right there became so many replacement engines they started using separate numbers for these to better keep track of how many engines a given tractor had. Your engine could be from the early 30's thru 1945. Only by opening it up could you narrow down this time period.

As I said on the smokestak, your tractor is most likely a 1931 with a replacement engine and homemade dash.


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