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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:54 am    Post subject: 1927 Fordson Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I picked up this 1927 Fordson not to long ago. Serial 722404. I would like to start working on it here soon. Just was wondering if there is anything I should be aware of that could be a problem area. It is not stuck. The person I got it from didn't know the last time it ran. Manifold is broke but I did see that I can get a new one. It is complete as far as I know. Besides maybe a rod that connects different things together. Thanks

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:38 am    Post subject: Re: 1927 Fordson Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Unless you just want it for a novelty or a conversation piece, I wouldn't put a lot of money in it. There is zero collector value for it in my part of the country. I had a 1921 that was complete and running and my step dad had a 26 that ran and we didn't get much over scrap price for them.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject: Re: 1927 Fordson Reply to specific post Reply with quote

An antique is an antique. They hadn't learnt to do any better.
Main problem is you have to be a he-man to crank them. The
true experts can tune them so they will start with one pull, once
the cylinders have some gas. In cold weather, that's a really stiff
setup. Some industrial models came with self-starters, but I've never
seen one. They have such a low speed worm drive rear end, you can't
pull them to start without risking expensive damage. Try with a flat
belt on the pulley with another tractor.
Even when new, people put outside magnetos and governors on them.
Many variations. There are after-market rubber tired rims so you can
drive them on the street. Either F&H or Electric Wheel.

The Fordson tractor factory was moved to Ireland and then England and the
same basic tractor was built in large numbers until 1945. They were a favorite
tractor for the Russians.

Looking at your picture, I would almost bet your gas tank is rusted out. You can
replace it, or you can open it up and put a smaller tank inside that won't be visible.

They are made to run on either battery power or flywheel magneto, which by now is
probably too weak. They say you should never run an old Fordson before replacing the
magnets. Over time, they get cracks due to the magnetic field, and tend to fly off and
really jam things up. I found that out from my old Model T.

The other thing about the antique tractors is the noise. Might be worth putting a muffler
on it.
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