In Reply to: Re: 1942 2N posted by Tim Daley(MI) on May 02, 2019 at 05:13:07:
Upon further review, I stand corrected. Your *9N-101758* tractor is indeed a 1942 warhorse model. I was looking at the wrong column of serial numbers –dang eyes are getting worse. 9N production began as usual in 1942. The United States had only been involved in WWII since December 8, 1941 with the attack on Pearl Harbor occurring just the previous day. The US War Board had not yet put restrictions on domestic manufacturing, had not yet put rationing and recycling in place. It had only been two months since entering WWII and on February 10, 1942, all US manufacturing came to a halt at Ford. By the way, it was not just Ford, it was all US manufacturing. There had been plans at Ford to make some new changes and release a new model soon, the 2N, but steel wheels. Magneto, and no electrics were never part of those changes. The war changed that. 9N tractor production in 1942 is listed as s/n 88888 thru 99002. 1942 2N production is listed at s/n 99003 thru 105374. As I stated in my previous post, the 2N was not produced, did not begin production until October, 1942 and the 6372 units built then were ALL warhorse models. By releasing it as a new model, the 2N, Ford & Ferguson were able to get away with adding some of their planned changes plus making it the steel-wheeled/magneto warhorse unit approved by the War Board. It also allowed them to increase the sticker price as well. If you need more evidence, look at the 1942 MPC. There is not a single 2N prefixed part listed. The only 2N parts shown are all the new 2N warhorse model parts like magneto, idler, and others.