In Reply to: Re: 9N serial number posted by Jay Fauver on August 28, 2019 at 08:48:12:
Yes you can send me your pix and I can upload them for all to see. There are many identifiers to the N-Series Tractor that have been documented and archived on the Ford/Fordson Collectors site -see LINK below. Early 9N's are most desired by Ford collectors and there were several unique parts to them. The first 700-900 units had solid aluminum hoods for one. The FORD method of hand stamping the serial number was used for all modules, not just the tractor, note the service date is for 1931. FORD used the lower case letter 'b' for the numeral '6'; the upside down lower case letter 'b' for the numeral '9'; and the capital letter 'I' for the numeral '1'. In addition, all used the STAR (☆)symbol prefix and suffix up until April, 1950 as the block identifier that steel cylinder liners were used. After 1950, and for evermore after that, went to cast iron sleeves and then obsoleted the STAR then released a DIAMOND (◇)symbol in its place to designate as such. It's a moot point nowadays because they only make and sell cast iron cylinder sleeves anyway. One has to wonder why they had to mark the steel sleeved blocks in the beginning as well. My theory is that FORD knew that steel was a poor choice and that someday they'd be switching over to cast iron. My email is open.
FORD ENGINE BLOCK SERIAL NUMBER IDENTIFICATION: