They need just one more Fordson Tractor sign!
Looks like a Martin Parry cab on the TT. I did not know they ran the belt over and under the front axle on the Fordson. Guess I never saw one belted up.
I don't understand what looks like a tractor belted to a one-lunger engine.
Dallas,I never thought about that either but belts were expensive and i'll bet most farmers did not like that.Bud in Mi.
I think thats an air compressor.
NOBODY ran the belt under the axle!
I think they did it here so prospective customers wouldnt see the belt rubbing the paint off of the front axle. Like the model T, there was a plethora of accessories made to remedy the real and imagined short-comings of the Fordson tractor- one of them being a roller guide that bolted to the front axle to allow the belt a friction-free return. Most farmers just draped the belt over the axle and let it rub. You can always tell a Fordson that did a lot of belt work by the worn down right front axle beam!
GREAT PICTURE BY THE WAY...
I agree with Dale that it is probably an air compressor. The tall clear tube with the float inside is a flow gauge. This equipment could also be a positive displacement pump as there appears to be small "goes inta" and a "goes outa" piping. Just another guess.