Fordson Memories


| November/December 1970



1932 Auburn

Courtesy of Roy R. Hartman, 32 Maryland Ave., S.E., Washington, D. C. 20028.

Roy R. Hartman

344 N. Main St. Nashville, Michigan 49073

I was employed by a Fordson dealer for many years and problems were encountered and solved, by Fordson mechanics, that were caused by some owners and drivers not having experience with the most used, misused, cussed and even kicked farm machine. I never saw a tractor that would react to Whoa or Giddap.

Early Fordsons were called Liberty models and had the same effect on the farmer as the Model T.

The first order of the day was Start and in cold weather heating the oil or using light oil made starting easier. A fire under the crankcase might and did cause a fire under the gas or kerosene tank. I remember a man who shot holes in the gas tank with a 30-06 rifle to keep it from blowing up. The HOT SHOT was made popular by Fordson owners, but could demagnetize the magneto if it was not connected correctly. The magnets were set with a compass. Ignition problems were simple plug and coil adjustments, clean wires and timer. About 12 kinds of timers were on the market, but I think the genuine Ford gave the best service. Timer lubrication was often argued but oil or grease was better than none at all. Condensation in the winter made an icy mess. A safety magneto plug was used to keep the machine from rearing up in a hard pull. A tractor lying on its back was a horrible sight. The Farmall was known to do this also. A high tension magneto with impulse starter was available.

1932 Auburn, owned by Dr. C. W. Adams of York, Pennsylvania. Picture taken in October 1965 at the Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show.

A dirty or burned clutch made gear changing difficult and hard to stop on old models without a brake. The solution was either clean or replace the discs. A plate of steel was riveted on the bronze throwout collar to put friction on the clutch housing, making the discs free when the pedal was pressed down. The collar could be removed and replaced through the R H foot rest or pulley opening.