Fordson Super Major

Fordson Super Major parts UK & Eire. Quality replacement parts for your Fordson Super Major. In this section you will find aftermarket Fordson Super Major spares & accessories of our full Fordson parts catalogue. The Fordson Super Major was made between 1961-1964 in Dagenham and sold as a Ford 5000 in the US. The Super Major had either an 3.6L 4-cyl diesel engine or 3.3L 4-cyl gasoline engine. Anglo Agriparts stock a wide variety of high-quality classic Super Major parts. Shop online & buy tractor parts by searching with a part number (OEM ref. determined by the serial number stamped onto the engine, right side) or selecting a category inc: piston rings, engine kits, radiators, hydraulic pumps, starter motors, gaskets, bearings, fuel pumps, water pumps, brakes, clutch, steering, linkage, filter, transmission & pto.

The Swinging Sixties started with only perhaps a glimmer of what they would become. Now renowned for the Beatles and the rise of hippies, in the field of British agriculture, the beginning of the new decade was marked by Ford launching an important new incarnation of its Major tractor – the Fordson Super Major. The tractor was an upgrade of a design that had existed for nine years as the E1A Major, replacing the original E27N Major in 1951. Built at Ford’s huge factory in Dagenham, Essex, the E1A Major – or ‘New Major’ as it was commonly called at the time, was originally offered with three different fuel choices for its four-cylinder engine. However, diesel rapidly became the dominant option, so much so that the tractor became known as the ‘Diesel Major’ in its Mark II guise, with a dedicated bonnet badge to prove it. A big revamp of the model in 1957, to produce a Mark III version, was followed by the launch of the Power Major in 1958, using the improvements introduced in 1957, although the tinwork remained basically the same.

Features of Fordson Super Major

The Power Major, and earlier Major tractors, had never been fitted with this advance, and the fact that the system also gave the operator control of external hydraulic services, meant that this really brought the Major into the ‘modern era’, as it were. Until then, Ford had relied heavily on the fact that the Major line was a much larger and heavier machine than the competing Ferguson types, and sheer brawn was enough for most farmers’ requirements. Times were changing fast, though, and most manufacturers were adopting more sophisticated hydraulic systems, offering operators much easier and subtler control of the tractor’s hydraulic system. Ford answered this need with the Super Major.

As already mentioned, the engine remained the same as in the Power Major; an excellent power unit that had proved as bombproof as any tractor engine could be! When first used in 1951 it was, in many ways, ahead of its time and had benefited from extra time to hone its qualities before production began, thanks to the E27N Major filling the gap from 1945 to 1951. From 1948, many of the E27N Major tractors had been fitted with the Perkins P6 diesel engine, instead of the old petrol/TVO motor used back then. The New Major engine was available in TVO, full petrol or diesel forms from the outset, and was also a much more modern overhead-valve engine, rather than the side-valve unit used previously. The E1A engine had been improved greatly in 1957 when the Mark III Major was launched, still simply badged as a ‘Diesel Major’. This was then taken into the Power Major in 1958, with several changes made to improve performance and power output without compromising the excellent characteristics of the engine itself. This is the pedigree of the engine used in the Super Major, and is why it continued to be a success.

Specification of Fordson Super Major

EngineFord 3.6-litre four-cylinder diesel (petrol option available)
Power52hp, later 54hp
Transmission6 forward and 2 reverse
Power take-off540rpm
Rear hitchCategory I and II
HydraulicsQualitrol draft and position control 22.7 litres per minute

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