My 1942 9N

By Steven Fairfield / published in the Summer 2014 N-News, Volume 29 Number 3

Steven Fairfield's 9NI purchased this tractor from a mechanic friend at Kaman Aerospace in 2003. He lived in Canterbury, CT and used the tractor for hauling wood. The tractor originally came from a farm in Hebron, CT. Since I acquired it, it has spent most of its time under cover in the barn.

The tractor is a 1942 9N, Ferguson System with a Sherman Transmission. The 9N tractor was introduced in mid 1939; the four-cylinder, 23 HP engine, (this one is number 9N98567) was produced in March of 1942 and is one of the last 9N tractors manufactured (only 10,000 in 1942) before the 2N series was introduced in mid-1942. Cost new was $585.

When the 9N was launched, it became evident that a more versatile transmission would be a big improvement over the standard 3 speed. The Sherman brothers soon built the Sherman auxiliary transmission.

Restoring this tractor back to a more original condition began in 2003. After being torn down, the engine was rebuilt, new king pins installed, clutch, and general mechanical repairs. Sheet metal hood and grill were replaced. When sanding down the numerous coats of paint, an original orange color was found which may indicate the tractor was used by State of Connecticut or other municipal agency for probable roadside cutting or plowing. The tractor must have gone to auction when it outlived its usefulness. I now use the tractor for some plowing with a two-way single bottom and also to drag and dress an indoor/outdoor riding arena at the Woodstock Acres Riding Stable in Woodstock, CT. Steven Fairfield's 9N & truck

Workers: Ford-Funk Truss Boom

8N with truss boom featured image

By Dick Eyler/ published in the Summer 2014 N-News, Volume 29 Number 3 The poles were 6×6’s twenty feet long. The metal trusses spanned thirty feet. I was building a pole barn to house tractors and combines at a peanut farm. Most of the work I’d do myself, but Fred Catabia, a friend, volunteered to help when he had time. The first problem I needed to solve was how to set the heavy posts and install the metal trusses. Fred recalled that I had a Ford tractor with a front end loader. He explained how to build a “Truss Boom” for the loader and volunteered to do the work if I brought the tractor by his shop. The tractor was … Continue reading

Inspired – a Lift Disc Restoration

by Wayne Wiseman / published in Spring 2014 N-News, Volume 29 Number 2   When I received my N-News Vintage Tractor calendar last year, the picture of the 8N tractor and lift-type disc (May 2013) caught my eye. I had acquired a lift-type disc, but in very rusty and worn condition. I didn’t know anything about the disc, but I read on the metal plate that it was a Dearborn with a model number of Lift-E. As I own a 1958 Ford 861 PowerMaster, I thought this disc should be worth rebuilding and would be a good match with my Ford tractor. I will admit I nearly brought it to the scrap yard as the disc did not function properly, but … Continue reading

641 Diesel Workmaster

by L Timothy Knutson   It’s always nice to have a project waiting in the wings.  In the summer of 2008,  I had started to work on my 740 (see Volume 26, Number 4, Autumn 2011), but I was already thinking about my next restoration project. My urban environment does not provide me with too many farm auctions, so I peruse the internet for interesting material. It was during one of these web searches that I saw an ad for a 1962 Ford 601 Diesel. The tractor was at a dealership in a small town SE of Austin, TX – not far from where my son and his wife live. The asking price was a bit higher that I was prepared … Continue reading

Transmission Woes

by Charlie Yancey When my wife took me on my first trip to her home state of Maine, I was hooked. Growing up in the Southwest leads to a bit of green envy and water lust. Maine is just the state to satisfy both of those wants. In time, I was able to convince her to move back to her home state. We bought an old farm, and what’s a farm without a tractor? Growing up, we always had Internationals, so of course my first tractor purchase was an IH Case 484. It worked great and moved snow efficiently enough, but when I found out my wife was pregnant, certain financial decisions had to be made. One of those decisions … Continue reading

Ford One-Row Picker

by Jan Garber I was raised doing farm work in the late 1940s through the early 1960s when I graduated from Sabetha Kansas High School. My granddad was my mentor for everything – mechanics to woodworking – and he had a great shop. At age 7, he had me driving his two 8Ns. One, named “Tuffy,” had a loader on the front and the other, “Bessie,” was unencumbered. Gramps usually ran Bessie since it was easier for him to get on. It didn’t really make a difference which tractor I drove, so long as I got to drive one or the other. When my dad heard I was driving Gramp’s 8Ns, he put me on his Farmall M. I was … Continue reading