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Fordson E1A Major
Fordson Major E1A - 248 FPB at Rudgwick 2010 - IMG 4834
Model history
Model introduced 1951
Model discontinued 1964
Model status Discontinued
No. produced Unknown
Preceded by E27N Major
Superseded by Ford 1000 series
Engine Specification
Engine make Ford
Fuel type Diesel
Power hp 40
Power kW 29.6
Governed rpm {{{governedrpm}}}
Displacement cu in /(litre) 218 cu inch (3.6 litre) (Disel & TVO)
197 cu inch (3.26 litre) (Petrol)
Cooling system Water
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type Unknown
Gearbox make Ford
Forward 6
Reverse 1
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category Cat I, Cat II or Cat III
Tractor Dimensions
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 2406 kg
Other info
Factories Dagenham, Essex, England
Plow rating Unknown
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For earlier E27N model, see Fordson E27N Major.

The Fordson E1A Major was built by Ford of Britain from 1951 to 1964 in Dagenham, Essex, England.

Model History Edit

For Company history see
Main article: Ford

The Fordson Major E1A Tractor was launched in 1951 at the Smithfield Royal Show.

New MajorEdit

Design begun in 1944 to replace the old E27N model which dated from the 1920s. The plan being to have one basic engine that would be built in diesel, petrol, or vaporising oil versions. The new tractor was in the 40 h.p. range with a totally new overhead valve engine. To equalize the power, the diesel model had a bore that was larger to increase engine capacity from 3,260 to 3,604 cc. The tractor was larger and heavier than the Fordson E27N it replaced. The transmission was a six forward and twin reverse gear model actuated by a single plate clutch fitted with spur gear final drive, and optional side mounted belt pulley.

Power MajorEdit

Introduced in 1958 with several improvements;

IMG 4412

Super MajorEdit

Fordson Super Major - BDE 318C at Welland 2012 - IMG 0897

Fordson Super Major BDE 318C at Welland 2012

The Fordson Super Major Tractor replaced the Power Major in 1960. This major upgrade of the E1A range was to be the last . The introduction of "Qualitrol", flow control and position control hydraulic system was a significant improvement over previous models. Engine power was increased to 54 h.p., disc brakes added, and a differential lock.

In 1962 the former blue and orange colour scheme was changed for a new livery of mainly blue with white grill, mudguards and wheels as the lead up to the colour scheme used on the 100 range that was to follow.

ConversionsEdit

Roadless Fordson Super Major X218 XUC at Bath - DSC01607

A Immaculately restored Fordson Super major with Roadless 4-wd conversion s/n 2123 on display at the Bath and Southwest Tractor show in 2009

Fordson Major - Roadless no.715 at Kirkby Steven 2014 - IMG 5542

Fordson Major Roadless

Roadless started to build 4-wheel drive versions, by fitting a powered front axle and a transfer box to obtain power from the drive train.

County also built 4-wheel drive versions and Crawler tracked versions.

Other manufactures used the skid units (Engine and Gear box-axle assembly to build custom machines out of. The most notable being the Doe Triple D tractor.

Timeline Edit

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Factory locations Edit

Specification Edit

See Infobox for basic details Available in Petrol, Petrol/TVO or Diesel fuel versions

Variations and Options Edit

  • Side mounted belt pulley
  • Optional hydraulic linkage
  • Industrial versions

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Serial Numbers Information Edit

Serial Numbers and Year of Manufacture data[1]
Year Serial run Number Built Notes (Total built xyz).
1950 First built
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964 Last built No.
1964 serial no Number built Notes

Preserved MachinesEdit

As many people grew up with these on farms, as well as the Ferguson TE20, it makes them a popular choice for collectors first tractor, and there are a lot of old ones about as they were kept for yard tractors and odd jobs, or many remained on smaller farms which have only recently replaced them with more modern tractors with cabs and other luxuries. They were built in the 10,000's as farms looked to replace the pre war models, or move to a bigger machine in the 50's & 60s.

List of Preserved Fordson E1A Major and Diesel Major tractors (pre performance/power & super versions)
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Make + Model No. Reg No.
(if known)
Serial No.
(if known)
Build-Date Engine-Type/Make Owner
(if known)
Photo Were seen/Featured (exhibit no.) Other info
Fordson Major NSV 157+  ? 195? Ford  ? Fordson Major tractor - NSV 157-2359 Photo on Flickr
Fordson Major Diesel 896 XUL+  ? 1954 Ford T. Payne, Suffolk Fordson Major Diesel - reg 896 XUL at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1214 Woolpit Steam (34) supplied new by Mann Egerton 1/1/1954 (age related reg. number)
Fordson Major Diesel HGV 59+  ? 1955 Ford 45 hp S. Ruddock, Suffolk Fordson Major Diesel - HGV 59 at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1211 Woolpit Steam (36) -
Fordson Major E1A Diesel Q231 PES+  ? 1955 Ford 37 hp D. Filby, Norfolk Fordson Major Diesel - Q231 PSE at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1212 Woolpit Steam (35) -
Fordson Major Diesel 384 UXL+  ? 1956 Ford J. Wise, Rippon Fordson Major E1A reg 384 UXL at Masham 09 - IMG 0388 Masham Steam Rally (7-42) Restored
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List of Preserved Fordson Power Major tractors
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List of Preserved Fordson Super Major tractors
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Reg No.
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Photo Were seen/Featured (exhibit no.) Other info
Fordson Super Major BOO 504 unknown 196? Ford  ? Fordson Super Major - BOO 504 at Fred Knight 09 - IMG 8099 Fred Knight and Friends Early colour scheme
Fordson Super Major 671 ENG  ? 1963 Ford M. Garnham Norfolk Fordson Super Major 671 ENG of 1963 at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1210 (37) Woolpit Steam -
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Customised or Modified Special'sEdit

A lot of Fordson Majors have been Customised by adding 6 Cylinder engines or bigger & other modifications for use as tractor Pullers. (Please list these separately below).

List of Preserved Customised Fordson Major tractors
(6-cylinder conversions & Tractor pullers etc)
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Reg No.
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Gallery Edit

See also Edit

Collection related info

See alsoEdit

Four-wheel drive converters

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