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.



1939 9N Tractor1939 9N Tractor – s/n8511. Completely restored, professional paint job, rewired, (4) new tires, everything complete. Aluminum grill, 32” rear tires, smooth axles, 2 rib fenders just like Henry Ford built it. This tractor is for the serious collector at an entry level price. $9750 obo Joe South-central Pennsylvania. Cell 814-312-5924 or Home 814-839-2650.

Work, Money & Happiness

Work, Money & Happiness Most people in Vermont have at least two or three jobs – it is just the nature of living in a rural part of the country. I am no exception. Certainly the N-News is my primary job and it takes up full time hours (sometimes more), but there are other things I do as well. My extended family has grown garlic for the past twenty years. We have a few small plots growing a total of eight to ten thousand heads every year. It is a labor-intensive crop since much of the work has to be done by hand. It brings in a little extra income, makes for some good family and friends time and keeps … Continue reading