Re: December Tractor Registry Entries

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Posted by Tim Daley(MI) on January 03, 2019 at 18:12:00 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Re: December Tractor Registry Entries posted by K.LaRue-VA on January 03, 2019 at 11:06:07:

There were about a dozen first 9Ns sent to experimental farms around the country, so do we or do we not count those? I guess 10,310 is good number to use. Contrary to what many believe, all 2N's were nor warhorse models on steel wheels with magnetos. On February 10, 1942, all US manufacturing was halted per the US War Board as industry was now only required to produce war time supplies. It was Roger Kyes, president of the Ferguson-Sherman Corporation, not Harry Ferguson or Henry Ford who came up with idea of producing a tractor without electrics and such. The 2N was born but production did not begin until October, 1942. Harry saw an opportunity and went to Washington in January, 1943 to talk to President Roosevelt about lifting the war restrictions on Ford. His argument was that the US farm industry was crucial to the homeland for providing food so tractor production should carry on in the best interests of both the country and the war effort. Ferguson had brought a 9N tractor and some implements to demonstrate and upon seeing them Roosevelt was o impressed, he bought them on the spot for his farm in upstate new York and allowed the manufacturing restrictions to be lifted. It took a few more months to get ramped back up into standard 2N production -war time restrictions meant suppliers too also had to restock inventory. Standard 2N Production really didn't start until about April, 1943.

Tim Daley(MI)


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