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The Fordson Petrol Dexta Register

Brian Dye started the Petrol Dexta register after becoming the owner of one of these tractors that was repatriated from New Zealand. Although he had worked for many years for J. J. Wright and Sons Ltd and Peterborough Motors Ltd, both Ford Main Dealers, and been involved in training to service and drive Ford tractors he had never come across one until he met Mark Pugh at Ford 500. Mark allowed him to drive his Petrol Dexta at the Brimfield ploughing day in Herefordshire and on road runs over many years until he was offered the tractor he now owns.

Over the past 17 years Brian has been collecting details of the tractors including engine numbers, serial numbers and casting codes from all cast parts for the register. By collecting all these numbers from each tractor it can be seen which ones are original and which ones are made up out of parts. Quite a number found have originally been diesels and have had the petrol engine fitted at a later date.

Originally reports in tractor magazines stated that only three or four petrol prototypes were built but that proved incorrect as there are now 120 tractors recorded on the register and more waiting to have their details collected from Australia and New Zealand. Records show that 4000 engines were bought from Standard Motor Company by Ford so there should be at least that number of tractors still out there, although some have gone to the scrapman.

County Tractor Ford Motor Company had little or no information on the tractor when originally approached and initially claimed they never built such a tractor. Reports suggest they contracted the work to Turner Manufacturing at Wolverhampton but despite contact with the archivist no record of a build number of any tractors can be found in the paperwork remaining. County Commercial Cars were another possibility but they also have no record of such a build. So the search goes on.

Brian has supplied a fascinating and comprehensive chart of the records he has built up so far which you can view or down load here. Any details that can aid the search, or numbers from a tractor you may own, can be sent to Brian at fordsontractorpages.com@btconnect or
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