1922 Fordson Restored

| June/July 1991

  • Tractor

  • Tractor

305 N. Sterling Road, Sterling, CT 06377

This is the story of the restoration of my 1922 Fordson. It all began in the summer of 1988, when I first met a fellow named Ed Bezanson (the Connecticut Yankee Tractor). We started to talk tractors and the rest, as they say, was history.

I purchased two Fordsons, a '22 and a 1926. They were somewhat rough, but both engines were free and quite restorable. We started with the 1922, first by steam cleaning and degreasing, then by disassembling. My wife, son, and I undertook the project. The tractor was completely disassembled.

The engine was in quite good condition, needing only some new valves and guides. The rings and bearings were in great shape, so a gasket set, the valves, and guides took care of it. All parts were sandblasted, primed and painted before re-assembly.

Paint for the Fordson was an adventure. We found a paint store and took a toy replica of a Fordson with us. Whatever works, right? Everyone says it's as close as they have seen to the real thing, but as always, some say no.

The tractor was put back together as original as possible. It has the buzz coils and factory mag with new plug wires and commutor wiring. The steering gears and steering shaft were really loose, but with parts from the other Fordson, and welding and remachining, it tightened up quite nicely.