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.

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

Two Sides of the Same Tractor

N-News Autumn 2017. Vol. 32 No. 4

Unless there is a son or daughter who is interested in your tractor, there comes a time when you need to send it on to the next owner. In one story, a son who lives 2000 miles away has to decide what to do with his father’s tractor. The other story picks up the first left off: an 8N ready for a new life with a new family. Continue reading

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)



Complete set of STEEL WHEELS for a 2N war years. Nearly unused and in excellent shape from arid Western Montana (no rust); $1200. 27 miles west of Missoula, MT. John Local pick up only. 406-626-4700 (MT)



1955 740 tricycle. Very original, great oil pressure and runs great, just over 2400 hours. Call for honest answers; $3950 Don 586-752-7919 (MI)



1954 NAA1954 NAA; stripped and newly painted; 6v; starts and runs good; new tires, override clutch; PTO cover; all braces & stab bars, with swivel lock for draw bar. Orig manuals Dearborn cultivator; 2 row, w/cropshield; center shoes and disc, stab bars, new paint. (Click through for additional images.) Dearborn 2 bottom 12” plow; complete with coulters; new paint with manual. New Holland 451 sickle bar mower; 7’ bar; extra bar and cutters with rivet tool; with manual. Price Reduced $6500 all units. Bob 570-250-8101. Located in Northeast Pennsylvania.



1952 Ford 8NUnusual 1952 Ford 8N, with a front snow blower and a V8 flat head in the rear running the snowblower. It is a Cyclone MFG by COBRA Industries. This tractor is in Québec, Canada. Original parts books included. $10,000 US Funds. Marc 514-968-0512 (Canada) More photos available. Delivery possible anywhere for additional cost.