Build It! DIY Projects for Farmers

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Joe Jacobs is obviously a do-it-yourself kinda guy. His solutions to gates, animal feeders, livestock haulers and chicken coops are all what you would expect. What is a little less expected is his very straightforward attitude towards tools and materials.

How I Got Into Old Ford Tractors

Ralph Brown's 8N post-restoration

By Ralph Brown. N-News Autumn 2017 Vol. 32 No. 4

My interest in the Ford 8N began many years ago in the days before I had a driver’s license. When I began considering taking on the challenge of restoring one, my memories of the Ford 8N I drove as a teenager were vivid and influenced my decision. There was no need for me to travel across the country to find one. I found mine within 45 miles of home. Continue reading

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things Amazon has Alexa, Apple has Siri, Google has Google Digital Assistance, Microsoft has Cortana and Samsung has Bixby. Why do I care? I don’t really. Don’t get me wrong – I have been a technology enthusiast since the 1980s. I love being able to stream a movie or order some esoteric book or tool that I can’t find at my local store. (I still go to the local store as often as possible for fear the local store might not be there some day soon.) And for communicating with my kids, my parents, my friends and the N-News readership, technology offers quick ways to interact. The N-News office has multiple computers in it and I couldn’t … Continue reading



1951 8N, total ground up restoration. No expense spared with 25 accessories! Everything from the tire pump to the swivel worklight to a Ford grease gun. Amazing; $12,500obo. Mike 618-920-7969 (IL)



Dearborn 10–80 disc plow, new paint decals. ID tag. Also Dearborn 10-14 two-way plow paint, decals, ID tag, orig. plow wrench w/8N tractor will not separate; $5600. Gary 269-506-6936. (MI)



1939 9N s/n 9N8142 owned by Palmer Fossum and then Dwight Emstrom. Very orig., smooth axles, small gen., 32″ whls, 2-bottom plow, more. Asking $10,000 obo. Mike 618-920-7969 (IL)