1985 - Volume #9, Issue #2, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Fordson Tractor Club"We're dedicated to the restoration, preservation and exchange of Fordson tractors," says Jack Heald, director of the Fordson Tractor Club which boasts close to 1,000 members throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, England, Ireland and other foreign countries.
The Club distributes and collects books, parts manuals and literature, and has a parts exchange program to assist anyone attempting to restore old Fordson tractors. Heald also publishes a newsletter for club members.
He notes that the Fordson was the brainchild of auto manufacturer Henry Ford who was interested in developing a farm tractor long before he produced his first motor car.
In 1913, Ford decided to build a tractor based on the principles of the Model T, thus allowing the use of interchangeable parts. In the fall of 1915, Ford announced plans to set up a family-owned corporation apart from the Ford Motor Co. It was that firm which was to manufacture the Fordson tractor, says Heald. By October 1917, the first Fordsons rolled off the production line and, within two months, 356 tractors had been turned out. By 1928, the firm had manufactured 747,583 tractors in the U.S. and, by 1952, the number reached 1,216,990 tractors.
For more details on the club, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fordson Tractor Club, 250 Robinson Road, Cave Jct., Oreg. 97523.
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