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1962 Fordson Major Offside rear wheel seized


 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:10 pm    Post subject: 1962 Fordson Major Offside rear wheel seized Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just bought a 1962 Fordson Major Diesel. Runs as hoped, but offside rear wheel seized after pulling Finger Mower 40 yards.
Cant see brake adjuster, or indication of brake drum where
wheel meets hub, no sign of brake cables or rods
Not acquired manual as yet, looking for one
Is it possible brakes located inboard within axle
Could problem be within drive train.
I'm 76, mobility problems, tractor bogged in field.
Sheer bloodymindedness, plus looking on mechanical
problems as puzzles which can be sorted, should get
me through. Any advice, links to manuals, or online
video most welcome. Regards, Mac
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:03 pm    Post subject: Re: 1962 Fordson Major Offside rear wheel seized Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Firstly you cannot have a 1962 Fordson Major Diesel as the FMD was not built after 1958. If the
tractor is indeed 1962 it is a Super Major and these had a different brake system. The brakes on
both tractors are on the bull pinion shafts, FMD brakes are shoe brakes operated by cables and are
mounted on the end of the bull pinion shafts just behind the mud wings on the level of the
footplates. The drums are behind a tin cover held on by three screws and are adjusted through the
drum.

The Super Major has disc brakes mounted on the bull pinion shafts close to the axles housing, (you
are possibly resting your feet on them) ;0) Look under the footplate and you will see a linkage
from the pedal to the front of the brake housing. In the centre of this linkage, where it enters
the brake housing, is a Nylok nut. Turn this nut anticlockwise to slacken off the brake. Then try
driving backwards. The brake should free off possibly with a bit of a "Bang".

Super Major brakes are known for sticking when they need cleaning out but can be freed by driving
in reverse when they stick on. The answer is to strip the brakes and clean the rust from the
splined shaft and the actuating plates. Not a bad job.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:10 am    Post subject: Re: 1962 Fordson Major Offside rear wheel seized Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Much obliged, thanks
We are enjoying Scottish Autumn monsoon at the moment so will get onto job when land dries a bit.
Do you know of any helpful work sheets ,
or drawings?
Greetings from St Andrews
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:58 am    Post subject: Re: 1962 Fordson Major Offside rear wheel seized Reply to specific post Reply with quote

New Holland's online parts store web site still has all the parts diagrams for Majors I think. If you go put 'fordson' in the model search field, they should come up.
Chris
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:29 am    Post subject: Re: 1962 Fordson Major Offside rear wheel seized Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Many thanks Chris,
checked out diagrams and parts lists as
you suggested. Waiting for dry spell to get
back to the tractor and work out how to start
on opening up back axle .
First will try a few knocks with a hammer as
recommended elsewhere.
Thanks again
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 1962 Fordson Major Offside rear wheel seized Reply to specific post Reply with quote

many thanks for replies
I'm convinced I have a disc brake setup on what must be a super major.
Weather and mobility difficulty, allowing, I'll try adjustment and driving
in reverse.
 
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