In Reply to: Re: How I came to own a Ford 8n (ish) posted by Matt G on December 03, 2020 at 16:19:01:
When I say '9N' I group the 2N with it unless we're talking about the early 9N's. As I stated below, all 9N & 2N models were the same basically from s/n 12500 up til the end of production in 1946. Electrically the were virtually the same. Mechanically they were the same -3-SPD; Draft Control Only; front mount; same air, carb, and cooling, etc. with only some minor changes made like the rad rods and steering boxes. No biggie and nothing to worry about serial numbers over --- means relatively nothing. The serial number was hand stamped on the ENGNE BLOCK only after assembly and after it passed QC Inspection/Break In-Testing. The blocks were then pulled at random to the assembly line to get assembled as a full tractor. Were meant to be used as the tractor s/n as well but as you found out many were swapped out so a moot point. Ditto with the engine prefix and suffix of the STAR and DIAMOND symbols. Means nothing nowadays. The star was to designate steel cylinder liners were installed. In 1950 all vehicles got changed to the diamond now using cast iron sleeves. The industry only makes cast iron today. One has to wonder why did Ford need to designate steel from the beginning? They knew something then. Could it be that steel liners were not a good choice? I have my own theory but there isn't much at all in books on Ford foundry and manufacturing processes. The one and only book on Ford foundries which may shed some insight is long since out of print and I've been searching for 25 years to find a copy. If you think that is confusing, look at the Model A history sometime. Some vehicles were shipped in crates to be assembled at other facilities and engines got rebuilt and reused over and over. I'd still like to know Matt if you kept the 9N electronics or if you used the 8N setup.
As far as any 'quirks' for posting pictures here, it is the same for most web sites that uses 2nd source picture posting. Pictures take up a lot of bandwidth. If everyone just posted pictures from their phone, the site would crash in no time from over the limit bandwidth allotment, basically in a nutshell. That is why you need to use a picture storing site and copy and paste the URL info into your post from there. Photobucket was one of the first of these, was free for many years, but they got greedy a few years ago and then began charging a fee for their services. Most all of us here that used them didn't stick with them and that is why you see the PB watermark on fuzzy pictures when you open an older document in Manuals and How-To's. I use IMGUR and in our HOW-TO's you'll find a tutorial on how to post pictures in the NTC forums using them. Don't know anything about FLIKR...