The first Ford (Fordson) tractor was built in 1917. The Ford tractors were not the first, and not always the best, but they were the first to be produced on a mass produced and the first farm tractors to be affordable to all who had the need for one. It is felt by many that the Ford tractors did indeed change the world. Even though Henry Ford had achieved great success in the automobile market, he never forgot that he was the son of a farmer. He understood the need of applying automotive technology to the process of farming. This was very evident with his strong support for the tractor and his experimental work beginning in 1907. Ford set up an independent company to build and market the tractor in 1917. Henry Ford & Son Corporation was set up with Henry Ford firmly in control. His tractor was given a substantial boost by the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. The need for food was desperate and the tractor provided much need labor to replace those that had gone in to battle. In 1917 the Fordson Model F was rolled out in limited numbers but by 1918 it was in mass production. The British government being one of the biggest customers. The Fordson name came about because of an ongoing dispute with the board of the Ford Motor Company. For a more complete history visit: History of the Ford Tractors
A tractor on stilts ??
These pictures were submitted by Greg Hayden, Vista, CA, and were taken at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2005, Parade