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Chuck Sleep    Posted 01-20-2022 at 01:30:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Identifying my N
  • I recently bought a Ford tractor from my neighbour, he says it's a 2N. It has a generator and battery, which several sites insist make it a 9N. I need to clean up the rusty block as I can't read the SN. One guy says wire wheel is fine, another says it will obliterate the number. How do I exposed the number so I can determine exactly what I have?
    It also has a front loader from Mid-Western Industries Inc of Wichita, KS, who the internet says has been dissolved, so I'm wondering how to get more info for that whole assembly.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 01-20-2022 at 09:18:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • As Tim said John Smith's site is your best source for identification information. It can be found at the following link: https://fordtractorcollectors.com/identify-my-tractor/tractor-id-history/

    Your second source would be to post pictures on this site. The more the better, within reason. A number of the members are very knowledgeable and will help you.

    The serial number was hand stamped at the factory and some characters may be very light.

    As Tim also said it is basically only good for identifying the block. Many parts may have been changed over the years.

    If you are truely fighting rust rather than old paint and oily residue, I would be inclined to try cleaning the flat surfaces with sandpaper and then spraying the actual number with phosphoric acid. That should turn the numbers black. I bought Kleen-Strip Concrete and Metal Etch at Home Depot but I'm sure other's have simular also.

    Good Luck!


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-20-2022 at 04:42:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well Chuck, you came to the right site to get all the correct info about FORD TRACTORS. Most of what you've heard is wrong so forget the other sites you heard that dribble from. First, all FORD TRACTORS were 6V/POS GRN and used a Generator. A GEN and a BAT are used on all but the late 1942, early 1943 War-Horse models that used a magneto and steel wheels mainly due to US War Board restrictions. That is it. You need to get the ESSENTIAL MANUALS before you start turning the key so you know what you are dealing with. Serial number doesn't mean a whole lot so concentrate on ID'g models using John Smith's tractor ID page to start with. Serial number only ID's the engine block number and many engines were swapped out so know what is what otherwise. ALL 9N and 2N Models have a 3-SPD Trans; Draft Control only; and used a GEN with a roundcan cutout late 1939 til 1947. Changes were made to the steering box and electrical over the years but al are basically the same. Read all you can before you do anything and don't start buying any parts. We have much info in our MANUALS forum, our HOW-TO's forum, our archives forum, and the help of many members here. The OEM FORD electrical system is 6V/POSITIVE GROUND but later diesel models would use a 12V GEN system but any model could be swapped out with a 12V GEN. Many N Models have been switched over to 12V/NEG GRN nowadays as well so never use that as an identifier. If you insist on finding your serial number, there is some good stuff in the archives on that topic already. You don't want to use anything abrasive. Start by cleaning all the paint, grease, and rust off the boss with paint thinner (mineral spirits) using a toothbrush or brass wire brush. ALL 9N and 2N tractor used the "9N" in the serial number and there will be a STAR symbol in the s/n prefix and suffix as well. FORD TRACTOR is long out business and so are all most all of the suppliers who made implements. Get the Manuals and read, read, read them first and all the info we have here. You don't want to damage your new tractor or yourself.


    Tim Daley(MI)

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