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Farmer Dan    Posted 12-30-2018 at 12:10:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Traded a real nice Farmall Cub with 5 implements for Maude my 1940 9N back in 2003. Was 2005 when I could afford to buy a camera. Lot of good memories and hard work since then. We are both retired now and enjoying our golden years.

    Mike    Posted 01-17-2019 at 20:07:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The stories on this thread are great. Thanks for sharing.

    So my Dad bought the farm in Western NY in 1960 and it included the original 1948 8N. There were 8 kids and one of my sisters named the 8N Betsy. The farm grew to farms and Dad added other tractors -- International, Ford 5000, Oliver, Minneapolis Moline.

    Betsy was the run about and general utlity tractor, pulling wagons, manure spreaders, rakes, brush hogs, drag plate etc.

    Dad died in 2005 and I was lucky enough to inherit Betsy. She was tired so I hauled her home, broke her down, cleaned her up and put her back to work. She's always run like a top --- then and now.

    Island Mike    Posted 01-05-2019 at 19:20:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I bought Herb 9N about 1995. Herb across the street had it, but he bought a newer unit. Had to pay 1 1/2 times for Herb. First time when I bought him, second time when I discovered we listed Herb as joint property, in the separation agreement.
    I moved Herb and all my other stuff from the middle of BC, to the West Coast around 2008. Not as much for him to do here, but I use him to tow my kayak on its trailer to the ocean down the road.

    Island Mike

    JCBeeman    Posted 01-04-2019 at 11:33:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My first tractor was a 1947 8N given to us by an old family friend of my dad. It was
    sometime in the mid 90's, I was still young and can't remember what year. We've had an 850 backhoe since before I was born, 1987. Now we have quite a few from a Fordson up to a 6000 Commander, somewhere around 30ish right now, mostly N series.

    dave#1    Posted 01-01-2019 at 18:31:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • 1997 ? bought my first 8n, I now have 5 8n's , 3 in running/working condition .

    Dn-N-Tn    Posted 01-01-2019 at 12:02:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Dad traded for a 2N in 1960---I was 12 and used it all the time to prepare the ground and raise tobacco. In 1975 I spotted a NAA sitting on top of a hill in a pasture field that had not been moved in a couple of years. Calves had chewed all the wiring off. I asked the owner if he wanted to sell it, and he said he might need some parts to use on a 600 he'd bought. Two years later he came to me and asked if I still wanted to buy it. I gave him $400 for it, and Dad and I towed it to my home with his tractor. The center housing had a 2" chunk broken out of the corner at the upper left hitch bracket mounting hole and the rearend was junk. It waddled so bad coming home that I didn't think we'd make it. I found the piece that fit the hole in the toolbox and I welded it back (coating the inside with J-B Weld to make sure it didn't leak). I bought a used ring and pinion, and replaced all the bearings in the rearend and rear hubs. I still have this tractor and still use it a lot. I also have a 1941 9N, and a 641 Workmaster. We simply call the 1953 NAA "the Jubilee", and my wife used it a lot to bush hog pasture fields.

    RichF(MI)    Posted 12-31-2018 at 20:42:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My father and I bought a 1951 8N back in 1975. I still have it. My father passed away in 1984. My grandsons enjoy it as much as I do.

    PatrickB    Posted 12-31-2018 at 09:32:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • No fleet of N's here; bought the '52 in '95. I use it to mow a fenced pasture and the walking trail around it, haul wood, plow snow, maintain the lane and drill holes etc.

    It does what I need it to do and does it very well.

    Darwin    Posted 12-31-2018 at 21:55:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I hope if I tell you a story that you will believe it because it's really true. My dad was a life time farmer. When he was young his tractor an 88 Oliver with the Roll A Matic front end. For some reason when he was haying the cattle the rear end of the tractor slid down hill and hit a rut and the axle snapped off leaving him without a tractor. He only had one tractor for power to make a living, as was the rule back in that time. He could not afford the new axle so out came the harness and dad did it all with two horses. By the end of the year he didn't have enough money to fix the Oliver but he had enough to buy an A John Deere with steel wheels and a buzz saw on the front. That was his tractor until he could get his Oliver fixed. After serving in the Army he return home and went back to farming. He went to the implement dealer and traded in the Oliver for a new International 400. When fall came his older brother came to him and told him that he would put a mounted picker on it if he could use it to pick his corn with it. So it was that my dad would pick corn all day for him and his brother and in the evening picked corn for the neighbors and would fill their wagons and they would empty them during the day and return them back empty to the field . I don't know how he did it but he paid off the tractor and corn picker in that one year. I learnt how to farm on that tractor, with oil running over the deck, it had the three levers for the outlets and hitch on the right hand side of the dash. He never had an 8 N but I always loved them just a man sized toy so when I turned 50 I finally got what I really wanted for my birthday , it helps when you buy it your self. that was 12 years ago. My dad has passed on and all the tractors and machinery sold but the 8 N sits in the garage waiting to be needed. thanks guys

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 12-31-2018 at 01:59:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • After trying various "rigs" to scrape gravel and clear snow from our driveway it became clear that a "real" tractor would be the right tool for the job. I wanted a back blade, 5' rotary cutter, and maybe even a small backhoe attachment. I spent several months looking at various tractors, but most were too big and way too expensive, especially with loader/backhoe attachments. It took a few months to decide the right tractor for our rolling, woodland property would be an 8N.

    This is the 1948 8N I bought in May 2005. It ran great but was way behind on general maintenance. Turns out the engine on this tractor was originally a 1940 9N. This tractor was eventually parted-out.

    I currently have this '52 8N, a '46-2N, and a '49/50 V8-8N.

    steveVa    Posted 12-31-2018 at 00:12:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Bought my 52 8N from the daughter/granddaughter of the orig owners. Named him old Ben after the original owner. Came with a 6 foot finished mower. That was in 2003. I went on line to find parts and found John Smiths site. Smiths site had a link to this site and for the first year, I thought they were the same site.
    Shortly after I got my 53 Jubilee to get the live hydrolics and the overhead valve motor. To my surprise it came with a hi lo Sherman with the shifter missing. I figured that out from some discussion on this site. I found a shifter from Red Rock put it on and the Sherman works great. I have learned a lot from this site and really appreciate all you guys who share your knowlege.
    The first tractor I ever drove was a 520 John deer working on my uncle's dairy farm when I was 12, but for some crazy reason I always wanted an 8N and a Jubilee.

    Ultradog MN    Posted 12-30-2018 at 20:53:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My father left a 2N to me when he passed in 01.
    It had sat outside, unused for about 18 months as he went downhill.
    When I went to pick it up I checked the oil and water. There was gas in the tank so I turned it on and cleaned the battery cables and posts. Then I got on it and hit the button.
    Amazingly, it coughed after about 3 revs and fired up after about 10 - even though the battery had sat that long. The OP came up to about 35 and the ammeter pegged on +.
    As I was driving it onto a borrowed trailer one of the hat rims was so rotted that it collapsed and blew calcium all over. I managed to crab it onto the trailer and brought it home.
    I cleaned it up, put new rears on it, changed all the fluids, fixed some leaks and used it for about 3 years. Then I sold it as by then I had already started horse trading up to newer Fords.
    I must have owned 25 or 30 tractors since then but just have 3 now - all Blue. Well, more like 3 and 2 halves plus parts and some "extras".
    Sometimes I'll see an N and get to thinking. Then I remember I have enough projects to last for years already.

    Michford    Posted 12-30-2018 at 20:29:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Looked at a few "N" tractors as a first tractor, but never bought one. First tractor I bought around 2005 is a 1959 Ford 641. Next bought a 1958 Ford 841 with an Elenco, then got my hands on a 1955 Ford 860 with a Sherman Napco. Still have them all. Might never actually have an "N" tractor as my tractor driving memories as a kid involve driving a Ford 860 baling hay for my uncle.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 12-30-2018 at 19:44:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'd say when I was about 2/3 years old is when I at least first got the 'Ford fever'. Here is a picture of my older brother (in seat) and I (on hood) 'driving' our grandfather's early 1939 9N at the farm in Bad Axe, MI about 1959. Our grandpa was the first person in Huron County, MI to own a brand new 1939 Ford-Ferguson 9N. Grandpa purchased it new in November, 1939, from the Ford dealer in nearby Ubly. My uncles told me people came from allover -near and as far as over a hundred miles away to watch it operate and work. Many wanted to borrow it or hire it and my uncles out. My uncles were 12 and 13 at the time. In 1997 my Uncle Pat died, and my Uncle Bernie passed in 2013. We sold the farm at auction in 1998. I then inherited the 9N and all the original implements that came with it. I am restoring it now to all original as a tribute to my grandpa and uncles. My grandpa died the year before I was born so I never knew him. he was exposed to nerve gas in WWI and had respiratory problems all his life. In 1990 I moved from Detroit to 50 miles north, about half way to Bad Axe, and bought an 8N. I was the 2nd owner it turns out, and I later found it to be an early 1948 model, with 5-digit s/n and engine casting code of September 16, 1947. Still have them both.


    Tim *PloughNman* Daley(MI)

    *9N653I* & *8NI55I3*

    Lynn Patrick    Posted 12-30-2018 at 19:06:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I was raised on Fords, but when I farmed in the 80's I used all IH because of the dealer nearby. I bought my first Ford, a 2N, to clear land for our retirement house in 2005. Since then I have bought, made usable, & sold 8 or 10 N's, an 881, & 2 960's. I now own a '43 N, a Jubilee, a 4 cyl 2000, a 3 cyl 3000, & am looking for a Ford rider to replace my '75 Cub Cadet & '76 154 Cub Lo Boy.

    littleguns    Posted 12-30-2018 at 17:36:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Got my first 8N (now have four) in April 1994. Neighbors on small farm next to mine were getting a divorce. My wife called me at work saying someone had stopped looking for the place with the 8N for sale. She knew nothing about it so couldn't help, but I rushed home and found the neighbor woman next door. She said her soon-to-be ex was negotiating to sell the 8N to someone at work, but she said she wanted to sell it first. I gave her $1,005 for the '52 8N, a heavy-duty Dearborn loader, a one-bottom plow and a set of tire chains. Slightly worried about their divorce situation, I got a bill of sale, drove the N home and, possession being nine-tenths of the law, stuck it in my garage. (I was willing to cancel the sale if the divorce settlement required it.) Other than losing its prime if it sits for too many weeks without running, it has been a great tractor as old tractors go.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 12-30-2018 at 14:10:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Now that is a story.
    The wife and I got married in 1996. I mistakenly fixed all her busted equipment around here including a Sears Roto-tiller.
    Idiot me.
    ~She~ then had me run it out the the garden and make a pass. Ok, I said.
    ~Then come back.~ Ok-ay...This is going to get old quick.
    ~Do it again.~ Really, are you serious?
    ~Now come back.~ Nope. No way in h*ll. You need a tractor dear. This animal is broken. I might only be 38, but I am not playing this stupid game. There is another story why I do not have a love affair for manual tillers.
    So the search began. Off to Craigslist and the search started for a machine I knew nothing about. It's mechanical? Yeah, good chance I can fix it.
    I found one, How much she asked, I said bring $5K for something 1/2 decent. She balked.
    Then came her desire for a front loader. I looked again. I said Bring $7500.
    She screamed and I absolutely stopped looking.
    A few weeks later, I was walking in the back yard and she yelled out,
    "I found it!!"
    Found what?
    Your lost vacuum cleaner?
    Your car keys?
    I said what did you find"
    Its a nineteenfourtynine-ntractor with a front loader
    All in one word.
    Was that 1940 9N ford tractor
    or a 1949 N tractor?
    What the *ell is a N ford tractor?
    Tractor. Big wheel in back, small wheel in front. Steering wheel in the middle.
    How much dear?
    Nice you have that much dear. (only about 1/2 the bank account at that time.)
    So she got a hold of an old friend of her's, the retired local volunteer fire chief because he had the truck and trailer to transport it and "knew all about" tractors.

    We drove south to look at this non running machine. I played with it long enough to make it bark and run for a few seconds before it died in agonizing noise.
    The front axle stub was hanging at an angle and I knew something at least needed straightening.
    The Friend of hers had a slick set up with his truck and over sized trailer.
    He backed the trailer up as close as he could get to the shed, some 100 feet distant. Dropped the trailer and turned his truck around, connected the trailer to a hitch on the front and spooled out 100 plus feet of cable from his hydraulic winch. We connected to the tractor and pulled it out and up onto the trailer, tied it down and brought it home.
    Then the fun began. The tractor rolled about 30 feet off the trailer and the axle knee broke. Absolutely broke. Just like my patience. I tried real hard to contain my frustration at the machine and the "expert" who didn't mention anything about anything...It was obvious I was not a happy camper. he left and somehow I got it moved and parked. Making it run was easy enough and I dropped another $1,000 into it fixing and repairing and starting my education.
    About a week later she said she desired to use a tiller with it.
    No dear. That machine was not designed for a tiller. You need a plow.
    Then the fun began again.
    I don't want a plow, I want a tiller!"
    Another week or two and along comes a 1950 Ferguson with a Hupp, Howard and a tiller.
    How much she ask's?
    $1900 just like you just spent on the 9N.
    She balked. She screamed.
    Can you put the loader on the Fergy?
    Yeah, I ought'a be smart enough to do that. it's the same basic machine.
    So with a death thrust to the bank account, the Fergy came home.
    Complete with a worn out engine and the starte hanging off the side of the tractor.
    But it ran when pull started with another vehicle.
    It was decided that the original 1940 9N ford tractor, painted Allis Chalmers orange, would get fixed and sold while keeping the front loader.
    It went away for the $1900 original price and we kept the loader.
    The front loader is still in the yard and 22 years later has not made it's way onto the Fergy yet.
    There is an 871 Gold Demonstrator out there with a front loader as well as a Kubota B7500
    My education with tractors has been fun. Currently, in various stages of disrepair, are (3) 8N. (1) 9N (1) 2N, also with a loader.
    (1) 881D, (1) 871 Demonstrator, (2) TO-20 and (1) Orange interloper Kubota B7500.
    Not to mention the remaining transmission gear box from a TO-35.
    Eventually, ha-ha, I might wind up with (1) running 8N, (1) TO-20 with the 8N hydraulics and the howard and Hupp and maybe an Everett trans.
    The Orange toy and the 801 series machines.
    So...5 toys.
    That covers about 22 years so far.

    Gaspump    Posted 12-30-2018 at 13:09:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Dad worked away 50% of the time and I needed a chore tractor. Bought a new 8N in the summer of 1950 for my use. We also had a 9N bought new in 1940.

    John in Mich    Posted 12-30-2018 at 12:57:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I guess it depends on how you look at it. My father purchased my 1951 8N in 1953 when I was 10. He passed away in 1968 at the age of 53. After selling most of the farm equipment except the Ford and attachments my mother told me that the 8N and equipment was mine. So I guess officially about 1970. I still have Nellybelle (the name I gave her when I was 10). Soon to be 66 years in that butt bucket.
    I bought a 9N about 1985, so my first real purchase of a tractor. It has been a disease ever since. My worst case was when I bought 5 Ford Ns in one purchase.
    Since then I have bought and sold some Ford tractors over the years. There are um-teen here now. That is more than 10 but less than 20. I never give an actual number so that I do not lie to my wife. Like Roger Welsch said in "Love, Sex and Tractors", stay with one brand and/or color. No dear, not another tractor, just moving them around. (I do have the book just not sure of the exact quote)
    She has since just given me a shrug, raised eyes and a disgusted exhale.

    Del Huebner    Posted 12-30-2018 at 12:30:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • !988, the 49 8N came with the farm. Still have it and like it more every day.

    Paul in MA    Posted 12-30-2018 at 19:37:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I bought my NAA in 08 originally to haul cordwood out of my timber lot, but with the snow bucket, it proved a great aid in getting thru the snow drifts up on our hill.

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