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Peter    Posted 10-12-2020 at 10:54:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Newbie -trying to age my tractor and Whats that lever for
  • I bought what I think is a 9N tractor but the serial # is hand engraved and impossible to read -

    In trying to figure out it's age I note the following..
    It has three forward gears.
    Radiator is unpressurised
    The clutch pedal is on the left side and there is a brake pedal on both sides.
    The dog's leg on the hood fastens on from the inside - no bolt on the outside
    On the left side there is a lever, between the engine and the gearbox. Just ahead of the footrest It seems to have two positions (forward and back) but not really sure what it is or what it does. My assumption is that it is some type of overdrive or underdrive,

    Starts first time, oil pressure is at 40lbs and drives fine. It came with a blade for the back and a "bush hog" for the 3pth.

    The guy I bought it off was using it to cut grass and clear snow but bought an ATV instead. Thought I would get stuck less often when in the woods collecting Maple sap

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 10-14-2020 at 02:45:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Hit the link to check out your lever.

    Peter    Posted 10-14-2020 at 11:22:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • When you talk about a higher gear.. am I correct in understanding that the engine revs will be lower for the same pto speed / ground speed ?

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 10-15-2020 at 04:16:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • here is the info on the sherman combo. If you have a step up or step down just use the appropriate numbers from the bottom of the right side chart.

    Peter    Posted 10-14-2020 at 09:28:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks Kirk ..
    Your video answered nearly all my questions...

    Peter    Posted 10-12-2020 at 13:13:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks to everyone for their input ....

    Having read various articles on this site I took your advice and got the manuals and have been looking through them to become familiar with the tractor.

    There are no marks on the casing so will assume, as suggested, that the lever is for a Sherman overdrive of some sort.

    Love the site and the information it provides. Read up here before I bought the machine so I knew a little about what I was buying.

    This will not be a show / parade tractor but a machine to help around my couple of acres and in the sugar bush behind. I was using a modified riding mower but keep getting stuck in the mud as I drive across a field to get to the woods.

    The tractor is not difficult to work on and most importantly I am having fun with it. Doubt I will be able to sell it and make big $$ but was better value to me than a new Kabota

    John in Mich    Posted 10-12-2020 at 19:50:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You are the proud owner of a Ford tractor. It was designed to replace a team of horses, making farming less labor intensive. These Ns are versatile and have many uses, some by design, some by "farmerization", adapted for uses never thought of by the original designers.
    I have, and have had, numerous Ns. Over the years I have seen many adaptions by previous owners.
    Over time you will find needs that can be satisfied with a Ford N tractor. You might even find a "need" for another one or two (or 3 or 4 or...?). Don't doubt me.
    Good luck and come here often.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 10-12-2020 at 12:55:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Welcome aboard. First up is to get copies of the Essential Manuals so you know what, where, and how to work on your new machine correctly. ALL 9N/ and 2N models had there forward gears and DRAFT CONTROL ONLY. Serial numbers were hand stamped, and all 9N and 2N s/n's began with a star symbol and 9N prefix with a star symbol in the suffix. Numeral 1 was the capital letter 'I'. 6 and 9 were lower case letter b's. S/N's were stamped on a boss on the block near the oil filter housing. Sherman AUX trans shifter handle on lower LH side shifter case. Electrical was OEM 6V/POS GRN but some guys think 12V is better so switch over but many boggle up the correct setup and end up with non-starting issues. If you indeed show a 2N s/n, know that the 2N didn't show up til OCT 1942 and then only these were warhorse models. Only about 10-12 K units were warhorse til standard 9N production resumed, now a 2N model. You can get some OEM manuals in our MANUALS forum -free downloads, but you need Adobe, also a free copy if you need one. Also, click on the LINK below - TRACTOR ID for more.

    FORD 9N/2N ESSENTIAL OWNER/OPERATOR/PARTS/SERVICE MANUALS:

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Peter    Posted 10-12-2020 at 11:31:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The light changed and after putting on my reading glasses and squinting managed to get a number off the engine block..

    9N97522

    From the various lists of serial numbers it looks like the tractor is a 1942.. still older than me (I'm a 1956)

    Now I just need to figure out what that lever on the left does !!

    Dean    Posted 10-12-2020 at 12:18:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Without photos, one can assume that the lever on the left side is the shifter for a Sherman auxiliary transmission, almost certainly an over drive unit.

    Dean

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