Route 4, Box 1043, Eufaula, Oklahoma 74432
I have been reading, with great interest, your issue of November 1988 in which there is a great deal of information on Henry Ford's Fordson tractors.
Many facts unknown to us have been revealed in the piece by Jack Heald, such as, it had never been disclosed to us that such a tractor as the MOM had been a predecessor of the real Fordson.
I grew up in Oklahoma's wheat country, Garfield County. My dad had an early Fordson, one of the first in Garfield County, and I seem to recall that another man had owned it briefly.
Dad grew up in a blacksmith shop, the son of a Swedish immigrant blacksmith. So, the addition offenders and canopy to the Fordson came easily. Also the addition of a Taco flyball governor gave the tractor enough additional power that a third plow was added to the Oliver two-mold board plow that was recommended for the Fordson to handle.
The governor was driven by a gear that replaced the timer rotor on the front of the cam shaft, and the timer was then applied on the top of the governor, with rotor turning as on the cam position.
That Fordson did much work. The picture, enlarged from an old Kodak snapshot, shows that the tractor is being driven with harness lines, as a team would be driven: a pull on the left line to turn left, a pull on the right line to turn right.
Also, Dad rigged a rope and pulley to release the clutch from the binder seat, so that he did the entire driving job by himself from the binder seat.
I do not know the year this was done, but it was in the 1920 decade. I was too young to go to the field, but my older brothers did the shocking of the wheat behind this machine.
One thing I have not seen in any essay in GEM is the kerosene pre-heater coil that had a place in the exhaust manifold. The small gasoline tank for starting purposes is evident in many pictures of old Fordsons. Kerosene was an efficient fuel in those days, but it had to be preheated to vaporize for that use.
Perhaps in some future publication I will see the pre-heater coil again. I can remember some of them lying around the shop or junk pile while the Fordson was doing its work.