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Re: Smithsonian Institution Fordson

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Steve Welker

11-09-2012 13:23:18

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I am very happy that our national museum realizes the importance the Fordson played in the advancement of American farming. One request, please do not label it as a hard starting tractor that had a tendency to flip over backwards. This is a myth that is still commonly heard and read about. While this did happen, it was of no fault of the tractor, but instead the fault lies with the inexperianced farmers improper maintainence and use.
There are many small details that can identify the year. Almost every piece changed in some way over the years. With a few pictures from all sides I could pretty easily identify the year.
The factory fenders with the integral tool boxes were first offered in 1923, but could be fitted to an earlier tractor by changing the dash or drilling the mounting holes in the dash.
One quick easy identifier of a 1918 is rear wheels with 6 spokes (7 spokes appeared in mid 1920) and radiator side castings with 4 square holes (solid sides appeared in mid 1919). Another good identifier is at the oil fill on the front left of the engine block. 1922 and earlier is just a raw casting on the front side, while 1923 and newer has a machined pad with a setscrew that holds in the flip style oil fill cap.
Send me some pictures and I will be glad to identify this for you.

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