How to Restore Ford Tractors

Back in stock! How to Restore Ford Tractors: The Ultimate Guide to Rebuilding and Restoring N-Series and Later Tractors 1939-1962 does an excellent job of hashing out the details of restoring a vintage Ford tractor. Published in 2008 with over 200 pages, this soft cover edition includes wonderful pictures of unusual models and options scattered throughout the pages (as are many photos of hands-on, down and dirty restoration work being done). Though the book emphasizes the N-series machines, overhead valve Hundred Series machines are covered as well.Dealing with the engines, bad brakes, electrical systems, rusted body parts, paint and hydraulics are just a few of the topics covered. There is also a wonderful appendix for parts sourcing that tractor restoration enthusiasts will certainly appreciate.

The N-News carried this book for years, but 4-5 years ago, Motorbooks said it was out of stock and they were not going to reprint it. Then we were informed that the book was available again as a short run and we sold out. Now it is back again in a reprint edition (not quite as nice as the original) but we are happy to have it again. If you don’t have this one on your shelf, don’t wait to order as this is another short run. Get it now for $29.95 plus shipping and handling. Well worth it!

trader 580-365-4429 1949 8N


trader-580-365-4429-1949-8N1949 8N V-8 totally restored. Rebuilt motor, new tires, professionally painted; $12,000 obo. Lawrence 580-365-4429 or 580-583-0751 (OK)

trader 479-633-2441 1953 Golden


trader-479-633-2441atrader-479-633-2441b1953 Ford Golden Jubilee which has been TOTALLY restored. Engine has seven hours on it since completing overhaul. Call with questions 479-633-2441 or email Tractor is in Rogers, Arkansas.

trader 580-365-4429 1952 8N


trader-580-365-4429-1952-8NCompletely restored 1952 8N 6-cyl Funk w/ cast iron oil pan, Sherman Over/Under trans, motor rebuilt, dual rears, new tires; org. hat rims. $9500 obo. Lawrence 580-365-4429 or 580-583-0751 (OK)

trader 803-240-0489 1957 861


Trader-803-240-04891957 861 remanufactured by N-Complete in 2010. Certificate signed by Tom Armstrong. approx, 200 hrs; $6600. 5 speed w/ps & Rest-O-Ride seat. Call Tim 803-240-0489 (SC)

Ford Fire Trucks

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Ford Fire Trucks by Kent Parrish is a wide ranging collection with tremendous captioned info with each photo. And there are a lot of photos, over 400, most in color but some in black and white. Ranging from 1917 Model T’s that were custom built into fire engines all the way to 2009, the book is broken up into ten chapters, roughly one for each decade.

Ford Postwar Flatheads

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Ford Postwar Flatheads: 1946-1953 Photo Archive by James H. Moloney is another wonderful collection of public relations and advertising photos from the Ford archive. All black and white, most with descriptions and details. If you have interest in Ford cars from the late 1940s into the early 50s, this is a great collection.

Harvesting Ice in New England [DVD]

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Before refrigeration and commercial ice production, ice was cut from lakes and ponds and stored for the summer delivery. In this 66-minute video, we go back in time to the days of ice harvesting. Harvesting Ice in New England is narrated by New England historian, Dennis Picard.

The Age of Genius

The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind isn’t a philosophy book. This is a book proving that the 17th century was in fact a turning point in humanity relinquishing much of the ancient world for the beginnings of a “modern” point of view. A.C. Grayling is a professor of Philosophy and Master of the New College of Humanities in London who believes that philosophy needs to be integrated into everyday life.

Back Over There

Book review: Back-Over-There

WWI was the first time machines were truly employed in the service of the men doing the fighting. It was also a turning point in the way medicine was used during wartime. It even changed the way we mapped the battleground. Author Richard Rubin takes all of this and runs with it. One could argue that World War I, more so than the Great War, was “the war to end all wars.” It was also the beginning of a modern mindset applied to one of the things humans seem to do pretty well. (That would be to make war.)

Working the Land

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In this 65-minute DVD, originally shot on b&w 16mm, we get a full scope of what working at the lumber camps in northern New England looked like, and much more from this film knowledgeably narrated by C. A. Hamilton. It is hard to believe it was less than hundred years ago that pulp wood and lumber were (in some places) still being pulled out of the Maine woods with teams of horses and brought to the riverside or laid out on a frozen pond for the spring log drive.

American Farm Tractor Dealerships

Book Review: Dealerships

The history of how tractor and implement dealerships came into existence is the main focus of this nearly 200-page full color book by author Brian Rukes. From the earliest days of sulky plows and blacksmith’s shops, to the 1910s and 20s when farm related dealerships started sprouting up everywhere – Rukes does an excellent job of sussing out the hows, whens, and whys of it all.

The Long Run: A 12-year Restoration

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By Larry Gorbet. N-News Winter 2018. Vol. 33 No. 1

Tractors were part of the fabric of the community in Lonoke, Arkansas, a small farming community of about 4,200 people. A friend told me about a 901 fifteen years ago – a propane model. And nothing was easy on this restoration which took place over twelve years. Continue reading