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John Brown    Posted 03-20-2019 at 20:23:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Just wondering if there are any records of Ford Ns exported and in particular to Australia. They are not common down under and I have three tractors all 2N NANs. I have only seen a few here and they are all 2Ns. Does anyone know if 9N or 8Ns were shipped to Australia. Also is there knowledge of the number of Ns exported to Oz. Hope someone can help.

    Steve Dabrowski    Posted 03-23-2019 at 17:33:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • There are films showing the U.S. Army cultivating fields on Guadalcanal using 2N's during the later stages of the war in the Pacific to supply food for the advanced units moving towards Japan. Since the Solomon's are not far north of Australia it would be reasonable that the army also used 2N's in Australia as well or staged them for use in the Pacific campaign. Raising crops near the front significantly assisted Allied efforts there.

    John Brown    Posted 03-24-2019 at 20:25:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Quite possible Steve. All the the tractors I've found are either '45 - '47 NAN tvo burners. I am currently trying to get some info from the Harry Ferguson Club of Australia. We'll see what I can turn up. It looks like the Ns stopped coming when the TEA Fergies started arriving.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-21-2019 at 03:14:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Good questions John. All production records are long gone -heck we don't have the ones on domestic units anymore here in the states. Interesting I just received an email from a bloke down under with a restored BNO-40 Moto-Tug. Some Tugs made it there after the Korean War. The 9NAN, 2NAN, and 8NAN kerosene/TVO burners were almost all exported to Europe and Australia. Fergusons were more popular as they started showing up around 1946. Maybe you can find or start an N-Club down under and get an idea how many Ford owners are there?

    Tim Daley(MI)

    John Brown    Posted 03-21-2019 at 15:21:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks for the followup post Tim. There are heaps of Fergusons here and they have a strong club. I'm thinking that maybe most of the 2Ns started turning up here after the war a bit like the Chev trucks under the Lend-Lease scheme? I might put some feelers out in the vintage machinery magazines to start an N register. Good suggestion of yours Tim.

    John Brown (Victoria Australia)

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-22-2019 at 05:01:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I've never seen any data that there was ever a lend/lease program for anything other than the Fordsons at the beginning of WWI. That was the agreement made by Ford to the UK to supply new Fordson Tractors thru the MoM so England could maintain domestic farming during the war. Originally England was going to begin manufacturing the new tractors there, then the war deemed that all UK manufacturing be directed to war ordnance and essential products. The Fordson was barely out of infancy in 1917 and the initial order was for 5000 tractors to be sent immediately. Many Fordson tractors made it to Australia, but unsure if it was part of the agreement as the land down under was part of English rule. When Harry Ferguson released his TE20 in 1946, built in Coventry, England after Henry Ford II fired him, no doubt many made it down under as well. Also, like you say, another place to check in with is the FENA organization. The Ferguson Enthusiasts of North America is pretty much worldwide and not just covering North America. You can ask the technical adviser there, Robert Sybrandy, as he can further expand on this topic. The Ferguson story includes Sir Hillary's expedition to Antarctica where they used multiple TE20 Ferguson tractors. Fergies made it there and to New Zeeland as well. Ford built TVO/kerosene burning models, designated the 'NAN' units and were mostly exported as already stated.


    Tim Daley(MI)

    John Brown    Posted 03-23-2019 at 16:19:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks Tim. That's good information

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