The PULL FORD


| May/June 1984



Model A Ford Tractor

R2, Greenleaf, Wisconsin 54126

In the Spring of 1980, while driving a truck-mounted field sprayer, I came upon what I recognized as a 1928 model A Ford converted to a tractor with a kit. I had never seen one except in farm papers many years ago. I took a break to look it over. The front axle, wheels and spring were missing as were the water pump and generator. Upon further examination, I saw the 'kit' was a 'Pull Ford' manufactured in Quincy, Illinoisselling price $155.00.

To use the kit, the rear wheels were replaced with nine tooth pinions which engaged a ring gear inside of a pair of steel wheels.

The owner told me his Pull Ford had not been used since 1939. I believe it had been parked outside ever since. The front bumper had settled out of sight into the ground, as had the oil pan. After I bought it, we had to cut a 5-inch tree before we could pull it backwards.

When I started working on the engine, I found it was free. With the head and pan off, I was surprised at the clean cylinder walls and that the pistons rings were loose.

Mice had set up housekeeping in the water jacket of the engine block and head even the radiator had mouse nests in it. Nonetheless, there was no damage from freezing.