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What's fascinating about Ford Tractor Implements is the hodgepodge of nostalgia and archival memorabilia contained in the book, including early Ferguson advertisements, metal barn signs, drawings, photographs of Ferguson and Henry Ford together, and historical sidebars.
The authors steer away from the Ferguson and Ford story, instead giving individual histories in the latter half of the book's 10 chapters (separate chapters are dedicated to plows, harrows, cultivators, middle busters, mowers, planters, weeders, rakes, dozers, scoops and loaders). One advertisement for the Ford planter begins, "As in plowing, cultivating and other work, the Ford tractor with Ferguson system of implement linkage and hydraulic control helps you do better planting easier. In only a minute or two, you can attach the planter to the tractor."
Ford Tractor Implements is loaded with glossy color photos showing Ford tractors and implements, and some close-up views of key implement mechanisms. A useful appendix gives specifications and descriptions of almost all Ford implements for anyone with any interest in those innovative machines. A collector with an interest in Ford tractor implements and their development will be well served by this book. FC
Ford Tractor Implements, Motor Books International, 1998; ISBN 0-7603-0428-9; 128 pages, soft cover.
Jim Romeo is a freelance writer based in Chesapeake, Va. He is the author of The Autograph Source Book. For details, contact the author at 1008 Weeping Willow Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322.
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