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Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-09-2015 at 05:40:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • 9N Soya Bean Seat
  • One of Henry Ford's early visions was to study plant cellulose for use as a polymer in making plastic parts. The soya bean (note correct spelling) was one successful endeavor and he had tractor seats made of soyabean polymers and offered as an option but only on very early 9Ns. The 9N tractor seat is listed in the first N-Series Master Parts Catalog from March, 1940, as part number as 9N-400-A (steel) and 9N-400-B (plastic). Unforeseen problems arose in real usage as mice and other critters realized the easy meal the seats provided and began to nibble away at them and thus make the farmer very angry. Some old photos of a local tractor show back in 2003 near me in Imlay City, Michigan, had a guy, whom I cannot recall his name now, but had his family's original 9N and Ferguson-Sherman Plow there on display and when I met him he told me the tractor had a plastic seat. The one close-up picture of the seat I took was not in focus and all blurry so don't have a good one to share. The local show was cancelled a few years after this and I never saw him or his tractor again.

    Tim *PloughNman* Daley(MI)

    *9N653I* & *8NI55I3*

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 10-06-2021 at 03:51:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Here's another one that was on a tractor. Also shots of the under side.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 10-06-2021 at 03:31:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Here's one that was on a late 1941 9n.

    SteveVA    Posted 04-15-2016 at 08:30:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Nice looking plow...

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 08-09-2015 at 11:11:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim
    I just got back from the ford fordson show where they had one on display in the building along with a ton of other good things. Sorry but I didn't take any photos.


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-09-2015 at 11:58:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Something tells me the owner is Jack Crane, but until I get a hold of him I'm not saying for sure. Wish I could've made the show but had surgery at the end of June and am still on some restrictions. Looks like the weather cooperated this year...


    Kirk-NJ    Posted 08-09-2015 at 14:27:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim,
    You missed a Great show, great weather, 70's no rain. Only bummer no SOS seminar. They did have one on hydraulics though.


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-09-2015 at 17:27:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Yep, the SOS guru, Carl Davis, passed away a few years ago and he really knew his stuff. In 201 the F/FCA show was here in Buckley, Michigan, and they did put on an excellent SOS demo and seminar.

    Tim Daley(MI)

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