The Old FORDSON

Some tractor

Courtesy of William D. Lieuellen Albany, Ohio

William D. Lieuellen

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Some tractors, even very good ones, take years to 'turn heads'. This tractor did just that at the recent Heritage Show in Athens, Ohio, sponsored by Alexander Lions.

This English Fordson Golf Course model, was first purchased from Fred R. Beasley Ford Co., of Athens, Ohio, which later became the largest Ford dealer in the world. It was purchased new in 1937 by the Athens Country Club and was used as a mower from 1937 to 1955. It was then traded to the Dailey Ford Dealership and afterwards was traded two times, but no repairs were made during those 27 years.

When I purchased the tractor, needless to say, the engine was stuck and the whole was very rusty. I then began to tackle my project. Muck patience was needed. It took a year to gather information and parts. Parts were obtained from several states including Michigan, West Virginia, and Ohio. I later became a member of the Fordson Club of Cave Junction, Oregon. Through this club, many letters, phone calls, etc., I finally obtained the parts and was able to finish the product. Now the 'Old Fordson' certainly doesn't appear to be a 'junkyard victim of 27 years'. Patience, hard work, and love of my hobby has brought satisfaction and pride!