History Of An Unusual Fordson Tractor

Old Fordson

The old Fordson, April 1984.

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19073 Route 52 N Rickardsville, Iowa 52039

I have been a subscriber to GEM for several years, and decided to send you the history of my Fordson as it has a rather unusual story behind it. I went to the Waverly, Iowa Horse and Machine Sale, which consists of buggies, cutters and horse-related items.

This Fordson was brought in with a load of horse drawn equipment from the East. Mr. Dean, owner of the sale, said as long as the man came so far and brought horse drawn equipment to sell he would make an exception.

There was nothing basically wrong, but some small parts were missing on the Fordson. I have been to several parades with it and went to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1988 and paraded it every day.

I also have a Minneapolis Moline KTA which was to be scrapped when a friend told me about it. I must say it was a real challenge but runs great now.

A Tom Thumb International was completely dismantled when found, even the flywheels were off.

I am 71 years old and have enjoyed restoring old tractors and machinery for many years.