I'm restoring my second Fordson. It's a 1922 Model. Was in terrible incomplete condition when I started. Had a metal only Fordson Coil box - no wood and no lid. So I installed a '26-'27 wood kit. The Coil box is visibly quite similar to the 'new and improved' T Coil box and the wiring loom allows coil buzzing in the correct 1 2 4 3 order. What does the Coil box lid look like and can I use the more readily available '26 T lid? The other Fordson - a '19 model - didn't have a Coilbox before restoration so I restored a '17-'22 T box and hung it on the engine using the correct 2 cast brackets. That way i can crank it on dry cell battery, switch to mag, climb on and go. Can't do that with the '22. Have to crank it on mag. What about that coilbox lid?
George I used a 26/27 lid on my late model Fordson. Fit is perfect.
Need any Fordson boxes, George ? I have, what I believe to be one early & one late and I have no use for them.
Thanks for the responses Mike, Steve and John. Don't need any boxes. Just needed a lid but now I don't - thanks to Mike. Got a bunch of 26-27 lids. Interesting 1919 pic John. My serial numbered 1919 has the "rare" 6 steel strap/spoke rear wheels like your pic but has the 'ladder side' radiator sides. I'm not using the 'rainbow' box on my '22 like your 1919 pic but have restored a script 'Fordson' box. Oh well, there's no Fordson class at Pebblebeach, is there?
BTW; its always been a curiosity to me that Ford came out with a 3 speed sliding gear tranny beginning in his '17 tractors but didn't in his cars until 11 years later ??
George, There's not only no Fordson class at Pebblebeach, there isn't one at the Ford Museum either. I took my grandson there several years ago expecting to learn some of the finer points of Fordson detail and found that the premier Fordson Model F on display (Luther Burbank's) didn't have a coil box on it at all and some dingleberry had run blasting wire from the four timer screws to the four sparkplugs. The footrest was also missing and nothing but a big hole was apparent where it should have been. I guess the salvation of the situation was that the other Fordson shown (in the soybean building) had two coilboxes cobbled onto it. Henry is probably still spinning in his grave.
Ha, ha...I know exactly from whence you come Dave. When I saw Fordson #1 at THF four years ago I was finishing up the 1919 model F and was surprised to see no coil box. They still don't have one?? I suppose their '14 Ford touring still has '17-'25 rear axle halves. Don't those people want to display correctness??
I miss my old Fordson
Thanks All for your input.
I have never owned a Fordson, but the history of them, and the number sold is amazing.
If you are interested, the book picture below is a great documentation of the tractor. The images depicted in the book are from the Ford Archives, so they are top quality.
A number of Prototype tractors feature in the book.
In 1917 fifty were built and tested before any went into production.
Best regards, John Page, Australia
Here is my 1919 Fordson F.
Here is my 1919 Fordson F.
The later Fordson has a dash switch.
A bit of side tracking here but an article worth reading if you are a Ford tractor buff.
This article was in Australian news papers by
Don't know if this is helpful or not, I have no connection to the ad or the seller: