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Posted by Tim Daley (MI) on December 22, 2023 at 06:11:26 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: BLACKSTOCK posted by DOUG on December 11, 2023 at 21:33:04:

FYI: Cast Iron and Steel are two different materials. The Cast Iron Front Mount Distributor, p/n 9N-12200-A2 was an optional unit released in 1943 as conserving aluminum and magnesium became the priority for WWII airplanes and other parts. It was obsolete almost as soon as it was released. It never was put into full production, as 2N production was halted as per US War Board directives anyway since FEB 10, 1942. That all ended in April 1943, when Harry Ferguson personally went to FDR in Washington to plea his case for FORD needing tractor production resumed as part of the war effort domestically and abroad. Farms were the backbone of American life and food and livestock provided were needed to support US Troops with food and such. Harry then arranged for a demo at FDR's upstate New York farm of the Ford-Ferguson Tractor and a few implements. FDR was so very impressed with what he saw he bought the 2N and ordered another with implements for his own farm. The next day FDR issued a directive rescinding the previous US war restrictions. All US production was included, not just FORD. By April, 1943, standard production at all US manufacturing plants and their suppliers began ramping up to resume domestic production. The Cast Iron Front Mount Distributor can be found on occasion and if you won one, I suggest to have it blasted and painted FORD DARK GREY M2888, rebuilt to specs, and used as a display.

Tim Daley (MI)

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