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    Default FORD 2N OR 8N TRACTOR ID???

    I know this must be a common question, and I hate bothering people. BUT from what I've been reading here so far there are alot of junkies on here that love to just talk tractors, and thats never a bother. It always brings out new info and history.

    What my father in law has at the cabin is a ford n series tractor with bad brakes. I am trying to figure out what year model it might be to keep an eye out for parts. HP rating too.

    1. has 4 speed + R
    2. clutch pedal on left side
    3. 2 ?brake? pedals on right- 1 might be a pto clutch???
    4. front bumper which I haven't seen in any of the pictures thru searching here so far
    5. 3 pt control lever on right side next to seat w/stop adjuster
    6. AMP guage and another rpm? guage but not one I have seen before
    7. head lights and pull switch on left side of steering wheel
    8. 3" lever right next to up and down 3pt lever...what it does ????
    9. pto engage lever left side under seat.
    10. 6 volt electrical system

    best I can think of off the top of my head, its 90minute north of me and I won't be able to take pics for 2 weeks. Thanks for any help
    Last edited by PLUMMER; 03-24-2011 at 08:25 PM. Reason: update info

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    Default Re: FORD 2N OR 8N TRACTOR ID???

    Quote Originally Posted by PLUMMER View Post
    I know this must be a common question, and I hate bothering people. BUT from what I've been reading here so far there are alot of junkies on here that love to just talk tractors, and thats never a bother. It always brings out new info and history.

    What my father in law has at the cabin is a ford n series tractor with bad brakes. I am trying to figure out what year model it might be to keep an eye out for parts. HP rating too.

    1. has 4 speed + R
    2. clutch pedal on left side
    3. 2 ?brake? pedals on right- 1 might be a pto clutch???
    4. front bumper which I haven't seen in any of the pictures thru searching here so far
    5. 3 pt control lever on right side next to seat w/stop adjuster
    6. AMP guage and another rpm? guage but not one I have seen before
    7. head lights and pull switch on left side of steering wheel
    8. 3" lever right next to up and down 3pt lever...what it does ????
    9. pto engage lever left side under seat.

    best I can think of off the top of my head, its 90minute north of me and I won't be able to take pics for 2 weeks. Thanks for any help
    There will be the serial number stamped on the engine. It usually says wether it is an 8n, 9n, or2n. Then you can check tractor data for what year it is based off the serial #.

    But that really only will tell you what the engine is. Since these tractors are so old and they made so many, an 8n engine doesnt not necessiaraly mean the rest is 8n.
    To answer question 8. That little lever is draft control.

    And if you can remember what it looks like, as far as your brakes are concerned, look at the wheel hubs. An 8n wheel will have a closer spaced bolt pattern whereas the 2n and 9n had a VERY large diameter bolt pattern on the hubs.

    Pics of each, first link is an 8n second one is a pic of a 9n

    Maybe others will know be able to tell with the info you gave, but pictures and #'s is the only way to tell for sure.

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    Default Re: FORD 2N OR 8N TRACTOR ID???

    Thanks, its definitely not the 9n. However the seat mount on ours is a big ole contraption. Not as simple as the 8n. That is definitely the bumper I was referring to. The 8n engine also looks alot like ours. Ours is alot better condition than the 9n but noo where near the 8n pictured. What is draft control??? Thanks

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    Default Re: FORD 2N OR 8N TRACTOR ID???

    sounds like an genuine 8N to me.
    Where's the generator?...also the distributor?. The later 8N's had gen on the left side--same side as the starter. The early 8N's still had the distributor right behind the radiator on the front of the engine, later ones had distrib on the right side of the engine, right behind the governor. Governor also had a shielded cable out the back going to the proofmeter(what you are calling the 'rpm gauge' on the 8N.
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    starter & generator is on the drivers side or left side of the tractor. There is a gauge that moves in direct correlation to throttle position. My only guess was rpm or maybe oil pressure but I doubt the oil pressure goes upto 60-80 psi as it does while running it. What is a proof meter ?

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    Default Re: FORD 2N OR 8N TRACTOR ID???

    The rpm gauge or "proofmeter" was only offered on the 1951 and 1952 model 8n's so that is what you got. You would need to check the serial number to find out if it is a 51 or 52 as there were no differences between the two and all parts were shared. I have a 1951 and it is one heck of a tractor, still my favorite of all time. These tractors represent the high-water mark for the once-great Ford tractor company. It was all downhill after that as they lost ground to the competition and eventually were absorbed by some foreign outfit which has saw fit to drop the "Ford" name entirely. Luckily, enough of them n's were produced and are still around such that parts availability will not be an issue in the forseeable future. If you are going to own any Ford, you got the right one. There are some Ford enthusiests who like to extoll the virtues of later models, with "improvements" like live hydraulics and overhead valve engines. While those things might make some jobs easier, they also hurt reliability a bit and will help retire most of them later models long before the last 8n turns its last sod.

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    i agree.. 8n..

    poke here for alot of good ID info

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    great info, thanks very much. I assume I will find the ser # ontop of the head somewhere. and chassis #. The tractor came with the land and barn when my father in law bought it back in 84'. I found some pictures of it from 71' from the previous owner I believe, if its the same tractor. The tractor is like the 8n pictured in LD1's link but very faded paint and no rear headlight. Light surface rust as it has always been stored in the barn. From what he tells me its never had to be repaired other than a battery about 10 years ago when someone broke in and left keys & lights on. I don't know how but every season last 7 years I've been in the family it always does that long quiet chug of a turnover and starts right up. Any idea on what kind of HP it has? and what that draft control is??? Thanks again , its very interesting reading about the history of a piece of iron like this.

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    Appears to be a '50 or newer 8N.

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    Default Re: FORD 2N OR 8N TRACTOR ID???

    That model will have approximately 28 hp on the pto and 25 on the drawbar and was made to plow one acre per hour with a 2 x12" plow in second gear and average soil conditions. The draft control is the "down" position on that little lever under the seat and allows the plow to hold a uniform depth as the tractor travels uneven terrain. Ordinarily, that is only used for plowing. It is easy to remember the draft position, "d" is for down with the little lever. Almost all other 3 point implements are better operated with the little lever in the up or "position control" position. 9n's and 2ns, virtually the same, and produced before 1948, lacked the "position" position, which holds the implement in a fixed position relative to the tractor. This makes those models much less effective on implements like bush-hogs than the 8n's. The 8n, although my favorite all time tractor, does have some weaknesses. It is terribly unsuited for front loader operation with its light front axle, 2wd, and lack of power steering. It is also rather poor at pto operation like bush-hogs, balers, etc, compared to same hp, other make tractors of the era like Farmall and John deere. It really does shine on the plow however, and that is where no other could really compete, until they too adopted the draft-control 3 point hitch that was first brought to the massess with the Ford n's. That hitch allowed a nimble, light weight tractor to plow circles around the heavy behemoths that the competion was producing at the time.

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