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It's an 8N of some Late 40's vintage. Pre-1950 I think. It still has the front mounted distributor. Hard to see from the pictures. I've got a 1940 9N in the front yard. Needs more love and time than I can give it now. Makes me a sad panda thinking about it.
Get the chrome rad cap. Adds 1 mph to the top end. hee hee.
It's an 8N, aka the 'red-belly' after the colour of the engine. 9Ns and 2Ns have grey paint on the engine and transmission and the front wheel hubs are the size of large pizzas. If that black bit visible under the right headlight is the distributor it's from the early '50s.I drove my neighbour's red belly when I was 11 or 12. I damn near flipped it going downhill with a haywagon because the brake pedals did nothing, the so-and-so was too cheap to have the brake-shoes replaced. Al_in_Ottawa
My friend thought this it to be 1950-52 8N and that the seat and radiator cap ought to be black, not red.But I know nothing except I know a couple of people who have them. (or ones like them, I guess) I was amazed when I saw a fellow replace the clutch in one. That meant you split the tractor into two pieces.Funny the things that strike you as memorable...
Using the exposed steering arms, you could steer this baby with your feet. That's how I parcticed and learned to taxi Cessnas.MC
Made between 1947 and 1949. My 1952 8N moves snow and grades my 1/4 mile diveway on a regular basis. Radiator cap and tool box, battery cover latch should be black. Front tires are to wide, still a nice looking tractor.
The suicide knob and spring seat are not stock.
That tractor appeared in "Summer Stock."http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043012/According to the trivia: The "Earthbuster" tractor is a 1949 Ford 8N model.
I think Ed Jones is correct. Aside from it having lights, no rust, a fresh paint job, un-ripped seat, und-und-und, it is the same as my '48. Which is still doing daily duty here on my "farnmette". Wouldn't have anything else. There is NO part that you cannot get, and cheaply too, for an 8N, except the main castings.
And it'll STILL get the job done... :-)
I have one just like it I inherited from my Dad. Learned to drive on that tractor. Bush hogged, graded, tilled, pretty much everything.
I spent a lot of time on one of these ~ 45 years ago. I should add that you danged kids better stay off my lawn.
Good friends of mine have a slightly later model 8N. Heck of a good tractor. It's like the Andy Van Slyke of tractors: you wouldn't mistake it for Mickey Mantle, but it does everything well.
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