In Reply to: 9N or 2N ? posted by Tony Sanchez [OR] on November 11, 2017 at 12:02:55:
FORD used special hand stamps to identify engine blocks for all vehicles after they were assembled and passed QC Inspection testing. The STAR (*)symbol was used before and after the number to designate steel cylinder sleeves were used. In mid-8N production they changed to cast iron sleeves and thus the symbol used was now a diamond (◊). FORD also used the capital letter 'I' for the numeral 1 and a lower case letter "b" for the numeral 6 and its inverse for the numeral 9. It is possible you are not seeing the bottom slash of the "I". Remember these were hand stamped and often weakly. ALL 9N and 2N tractors used the "9N" prefix code -there is no such thing as a '2N' serial number. Parts were different. When a significant change was made to a part, it would carry the new prefix on the first model to use it thus some have 9N prefixes, some have 2N and some have 8N prefixes. There are a few parts on the Hundred Series tractors with 9N and 2N prefixes. Your s/n *9N-2472II* is a 1946 2N Model. Also, ALL 9N and 2N models were painted Ford M2888 Dark Gray.
FORD ENGINE BLOCK HAND STAMPS: