Several of the members of Henry's Hoosiers have been trying to start the 1918 Fordson tractor that was featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Vintage Ford. I have cleaned out the carb. but don't know how to set the float level. The manual says to set the fuel level to the groove inside the bowl. However there is no groove. Anyone know another way to set it?
A couple of photos will help.
If it is a correct 1918 it would have a 234 Vaporizer on it, if I remember right.
If it has a carburetor on it, it is most likely a later version, or something someone has added.
If the float closes off the float valve when the float is parallel to the casting, you're pretty much there. The bowl gasket fits into a shallow depression machined into the casting...typically, the "distance" that the manual discusses is the measurement between the top of the float and the shallow depression.
Good luck, and be sure to report progress...
I contacted the Fordson House and was told to adjust the float so the bowl stays half full. Tractor started and ran well! Now we need to repair the belt pulley. The outer bearing, retainer and felt seal are missing, and the pulley is very loose on the splined shaft. We can repair the loose pulley and shaft but need to find the other parts.
Jerry, you could just replace the belt pulley with a foot bracket, the belt pulley was an accessory attachment. They made a foot bracket (standard) that bolts onto the transmission housing where the pulley is located. It is a good place to put your foot when driving the tractor. With the belt pulley installed there is no place for the foot except to just hang from the seat. The Fordson House sells the foot bracket and they are cheaper than repairing the pulley.
Mike, We had thought about that, but wanted to keep the tractor as close to the way it was when given to us as possible. Also it has been suggested that we may want to run a homemade ice cream freezer with it. Maybe not the most economical use for the tractor, but then we Model T'ers will do just about anything for homemade ice cream!
Jerry, the loose pulley and shaft combination is the ideal application situation for Loctite quick-metal. It is designed to take up the slack in loose keyways, splines etc.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.