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BRADLEY    Posted 05-29-2018 at 07:58:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Ford 2N Owner
  • On Friday I I am picking up a 2N, my main uses will be food plotting and possibly getting a brush hog. I am new to owning a tractor and I am wondering what kind of implements are good matches for the 2N, especially when it comes to the 3 pt pto. Also any suggestions on storage? It will be kept at my vacant hunting property.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 05-30-2018 at 05:06:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • As Bruce said a plow, disc and drag are probably best for food plots but I have also used this spring all purpose cultivator, some call it a tiller, to rough up spots to get some seed in for plots. There's a lot of rock on my property where I can't sink a plow in the ground and this works for me. It's kind of like an early model spring plow that they use today.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-30-2018 at 04:10:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • HiYa Bradley-
    Here are the essential manuals every 9N and 2N tractor owner should have on their coffee table, nightstand, shop bench library. The I & T F-04 manual (bottom left) and the '39-'53 MPC (bottom central)are very important for every N-Owner regardless of model year. Pictured here, top row, left to right are the 9N/2N Instruction Book; the 9N/2N Service Manual; and the 9N/2N Plow Instruction Book, the latter not essential but valuable to have nonetheless. The bottom row also has a copy of the original early 9N Owner/Instruction Manual with some good information and the bottom right manual has a ton of good information and pictures with instructions and tips for preventative maintenance. All of these can be found as original, used copies or purchased as new reproductions at most Ford Tractor Parts suppliers. You need to study the parts and service manuals thoroughly as what was originally on the tractor new may no longer be there now. For example, the early 1939 9N used a brass sediment bulb assembly, was prone to leaking, and was replaced soon after. In addition, download a copy of Bruce(VA)'s "75 Tips For N-Owners" for handy reference. We also have a ton of information in our HOW-TO's forum; go to ELECTRICAL and scroll down to "WIRING PICTOGRAMS by JMOR" for another excellent document to have handy. Under the GENERAL category is a document on how to best proceed starting a tractor that has been setting for a long time. Since you are new to tractors as you say, best to proceed slow and get to know what you are dealing with, mechanically as well as electrically and most of all for SAFETY. Original electrical systems are 6-volt/positive ground. Many have been changed over to modern 12-volt systems. It matters how they are wired too. It's not as simple as having one or the other type voltage of battery. If tractor is going to be stored outside at your hunting property, I'd suggest you not leave a battery in it regardless so to make it easier for someone to drive off with it. Start with the basic -getting to know your tractor and work up to the implements.


    Tim Daley(MI)

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 05-29-2018 at 09:00:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The very first thing you need to do is to buy the manuals. See tip # 39.

    For implements to set up a food plot, you will need a turn plow, disc and drag. Not a tiller. (see tip # 74)

    Re storage:

    It would be best to run it to operating temp once a month. That removes moisture from the engine & fully charges the battery. But, if that won't work, remove the battery & keep it indoors w/ a float charger ** on it every
    2 or 3 weeks. Do not let the battery sit uncharged for more than 30 days.*

    Ford recommends that if you are not going to use it at all, drain the tank, leave the cap loose and run the engine until the tank & carb are empty.

    Remove the plugs, put a tablespoon of oil in the cylinders & turn the engine over a few times to lubricate the cylinder walls.

    Block the clutch.

    Check tire pressure & add air if needed. Put it on blocks or jack stands to keep the tires off of the ground.

    Plug the exhaust pipe to keep the mice out. If mice are a major problem, soak some cotton balls in peppermint oil & put them under the hood & around the radiator. Some folks say mothballs work just as well.

    Change the oil & lube it.

    Make sure the hydraulic fluid doesn't have water in it.

    Check the anti-freeze; use 50/50 anti-freeze & distilled water & run the engine to make sure it is well mixed. Don’t drain the block & radiator; all that gets you is corrosion & rust build-up in the water jacket.

    If the tractor is not kept in a shed or garage, I don't think putting a tarp over it gets you much. A car cover, which supposedly does not retain moisture, would be a better idea.

    Most all of this is covered in the owners manual, chapter III, storage.

    * Your battery loses 33 percent of its power when the temperature dips below freezing, and over 50 percent of its power when the temperature falls below zero. A fully charged battery will not freeze until -76°F; however, a fully discharged battery can start to freeze at 32°F. So……keep the battery fully charged!

    **Battery Tender at Walmart:


    Bradley    Posted 05-29-2018 at 09:36:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Ford 2N Owner
  • Thank you very much for all the information

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