Ford not Fordson. Pretty cool for the times.
It looked like it worked. Why did it fail?
Here is a picture of an experimental tractor Henry Ford built using a Model B engine and a Model K radiator. The photo is from my trip in September to the OCF and Henry Ford. Too expensive for the average farmer in the early 20th Century.
The story goes, that the company hired someone to work in the front office by the name of Ford to try to capitalize on the name.
One of the tractors was purchased by a very influential politician out of Nebraska. He was so upset by the performance of the tractor he had the University of Nebraska do performance tests to measure the manufacturers claims. The tractor was no where near what was claimed.
If I remember right they were only made for a couple of years. Hence the reason when Henry entered the tractor market his tractor was named the Fordson.
By the way University of Nebraska still tests tractor performance.