Custom-Built Tractors a Crowd Pleaser

Father and son team up to make custom-built tractors


| February 2000



The Ford flathead V8 built by Ray and Mark Favero

The Ford flathead V8 built by Ray and Mark Favero.

Ford was the featured tractor at the 1999 Prairie Land Heritage Museum, Steam Show and Fall Festival at Jacksonville, Ill. Fords of all shapes and sizes – from Fergusons to 8Ns, 9Ns to Work masters were on display. But Ray Favero's pair of custom-built Fords outshone all the rest. 

One of Ray's custom-built tractors was built using a Lincoln engine out of a Lincoln Zephyr automobile. The engine was a flathead V12, and Ray used a 1952 8N Ford body. The other model was a Ford flathead V8 100 hp engine. The engine and the tractor frame also were from a 1952 8N Ford.

Construction was a huge undertaking. "Hour-wise, like a dairy farmer, I don't keep track of hours," Ray said. "Just say it took one full winter of shop time to do one!"

The two models displayed at Jacksonville were not the first that Ray and his son, Mark, have taken on. Earlier efforts include a custom 8N crawler and a 60 hp Ford flathead V8. For both models, 8N Ford bodies were used.

Ray's card reads "4-6-8-12 Ford Tractor Collector and Conversions." For the Faveros, it's always been Ford.

"I don't know why," Ray said. "I just like the Ford line. You pretty much have to drive in my yard with a Ford. We farmed with Fords, too, when I was growing up on the farm."