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Antique Ford Tractor: Ford Kit Tractor

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This was supposedly built in 1917. Not much is known about it, this picture was taken from a model on display at a tractor show. Definitely a home-made tractor.

Ford Kit Tractor Tractor


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Comments on this Tractor

Jeff Barnum wrote on Thursday, May 14, 2009 (PDT):
  • I have a Samson Sieve Grip model 6-12 single cylinder made in Stockton California. I would appreciate any information on it including its value.
    Howard Gunderson wrote on Thursday, February 26, 2009 (PST):
  • I would like to find info Photos etc about the kit Ford mfg to convert the Model T into a farm tractor. The kit I am referring to had the original T power train with a large Bull gear on steel wheels.
    Dick Berube wrote on Thursday, October 25, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have aquired a 1925 model t with a Shaw Conversion. It will soon be on display at the owls head museum in Owls Head Maine.
    Alan Swartz wrote on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 (PDT):
  • Sorry I forgot the PH number 717-225-8863
    Alan Swartz wrote on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have access to two of these T tractors. Is anyone interested in buying them They are in poor condition. But about 90% complete.
    michael wrote on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 (PDT):
  • thanks for good info
    Kristin Walch wrote on Friday, July 07, 2006 (PDT):
  • My father has a tractor that looks similar to this one. He originally got it all in peices (in a couple of bushel baskets) and later restored it. It has rubber tires and runs fine. He always referred to it as his "New Deal" tractor. Can anyone tell me any more about this type of tractor. My father has since passed away and my family is trying to find out information regarding the tractor and also its value.
    Ron Haddock wrote on Thursday, December 18, 2003 (PST):
  • There was a kit available from the Ford Motor Company and a group that called their product "The Thiesen Tractor" My great Uncle had one in his barn for years. It had the Model T engine and drive train, but there were chain sprocket for the drive wheel hubs with chain drives to oversized tractor wheels below. I don't recall much about the frame or steering except that it resembled an F-20 and, of course, was all steel. Somebody bought it out of the shed probably 25 years ago, but I don't have any idea who it was.
    tsss wrote on Tuesday, November 04, 2003 (PST):
  • I could make a better tractor
    Lily A Kempton wrote on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 (PDT):
  • Hi I have a model t tractor my father built many years ago that would srill run with a little work. It was the first thing I ever drove. It also has an extra transmission on it so it has 6 speeds forward and 2 in reverse. I won't part with it for any thing. Lily Kempton
    arthur wrote on Friday, April 11, 2003 (PDT):
  • about 1936 my father made one similar to the picture had a modle T engine and trnasmision with a 29 dodge transmision right behind then an old worm drive rear axel made narow the front axel was cut down alsowe put chains on the rear wheels had alot of power it would rearup if you wernt careful we plowed with a two bottom plow the plans for this came from popular mecanics magazine of those times it was fun to run i was 10 then.
    cliff corton wrote on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 (PDT):
  • I think I have part of a conversion kit can anyone help me find out more about these tractors. please contact me.
    fast ed wrote on Saturday, December 02, 2000 (PST):
  • my grandfather told me about sears selling a kit that would convert model T into farm tractor , not a great tractor ,it was said to be under powered and overheat because the cooling system was to small.
    WAYNE NETTEKOVEN wrote on Thursday, September 07, 2000 (PDT):
  • I HAVE A MODEL T CONVERSION JUST LIKE THE ONE PICTURED. IT HAS A 1920 MODEL T ENGINE. I HAVE SEEN 4 DIFFERENT CONVERSION KITS. SEARS MONTGOMERY WARD AND SHAW WERE 3 THAT I KNOW OF.
    KEMOSOBEE wrote on Monday, June 12, 2000 (PDT):
  • THIS LOOKS TO BE WHAT WE USE TO CALL A HOOVER TRACTOR. IT WAS JUST A TRACTOR MADE OUT OF OLD CAR PARTS AND THE ONE I SAW HAD WOODEN SPOKES IN THE WHEEL WITH RUBBER TIRES. HOOVER TRACTORS GOT STARTED DURING THE DEPRESSION WHEN PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO BUY A NEW ONE BUT STILL NEEDED TO TEND THE FIELDS!
    Louise Savard wrote on Friday, April 28, 2000 (PDT):
  • I need pictures and documentary about old Ford tractors and tools used in 1940 1950 to work the field. It's for a paper. please leave yours answers.Leaves your names and adress for credits. Big thanks from Quebec, Canada
    Trevor Oester wrote on Saturday, April 24, 1999 (PDT):
  • this is my grandpas Model T tractor. At the tractor show that it was at last year, i made an attempt to start it, and it would fire. My Grandpas name is William Oester. He owns the a Farmall mentioned on this page, and he also owns the Samson horse. I think that he would be very proud to know that all of his restorations on on the world wide web for millions to enjoy. If you need any further information on any of his tractors, I STRONGLY incourage you to contact me.


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