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Book Reviews

Rouge Pictured in its PrimeRouge Pictured in its Prime

Rouge Pictured in its Prime by Ford Bryan is a large, hard cover, 285-page book is probably the most well researched document of the Rouge Plant. This seminal book was out of stock for a short while, now back on the shelf…and it should be on your shelf too!

Conceived as a massive group of buildings where raw matter entered on one end and finished products came out the other, the Rouge was, in its day, cutting edge industrial design and implementation.

Bryan, who in 1935, worked briefly at the Rouge steel mill and was later employed by Ford Motor Company from 1941 to 1974 in several different capacities, has a unique inside perspective of the facility.

With hundreds of black and white photographs of everything from the glass plant, to the coke oven and the commissaries to the hospital, Bryan spent countless hours at the Benson Ford Research Center combing through thousands of images.

No doubt you need to add this book to your library of Ford history. From the N-News, $29.95 plus $4 shipping & handling.

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The Tipping PointThe Tipping Point

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcom Gladwell asks, How do many little things add up to change the course of a business (the makers of Hush Puppies shoes) or a health epidemic (syphilis in Baltimore during the 1990s), crime in NYC, or literacy among the underprivileged (Sesame Street)?

Gladwell says if we think of a major change in the direction of some given subject in terms of the way the flu spreads, we find the building blocks for how to rethink waves of cultural change.

What makes Gladwell so entertaining to read is his revisionist tendency to take something we think we know and reframe it.

In April of 1775 there was news on the street in Boston, word of mouth really, that the British were about to do something big. When word got to Paul Revere and his close friend, Joseph Warren, they both felt this was information that needed to be heeded. At 10 p.m. on April 18, Revere began his “midnight ride” to alert as many militia men as possible. At about the same time, another revolutionary named William Dawes also set out on horseback to alert as many people as possible. Why is it we all know about Paul Revere’s ride, but no one knows about Dawes? Herein lies the magic of rethinking what we think we know.

Another entertaining book about the idea of reaching a critical point and re-envisioning it through a handful of very different stories. Soft cover, was $19, now as a remainder, only $9.95

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Images from the Arsenal of DemocracyImages from the Arsenal of Democracy

Before Pearl Harbor, the USA was still in denial that WWII was going to truly affect us. We have the Pacific and Atlantic oceans as massive buffers. But the government was already working toward the idea of rearming the USA in preparation.

In 2013 the author Charles Hyde wrote a wonderful book, The Arsenal of Democracy, about the American auto industry moving from car and truck production to tanks, planes, and other necessities of war. (I am considering carrying that book at a future time.) But while he was researching that book, he came across a treasure trove of images from the late 1930s and especially the 1940s of the automotive industry changing direction to help with the war effort.

Certainly, Ford Motor Company is depicted in these pages, but so are many, many others. Nearly 300 pages of black-and-white images, mostly in factory settings, of the war effort appear together. New, $45 plus $6.25 S&H.

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A Museum of Early American ToolsA Museum of Early American Tools

Eric Sloane’s pen and ink style is unforgettable and his knowledge of early American know-how (that includes, all tools, wood, milling, road construction, the list goes on) is hard to believe. Growing up with a number of his books on the shelf, I reached for them often and in these times particularly, there is something so comforting in reading how all the different types of axes were used, or how to date a building by the types of nails, screws or fasteners used.

Sloane’s style (both in illustration and in word) is lyrical and attentive to detail, but also straightforward with just a touch of flourish.

A Museum of Early American Tools at $11.95 plus $2.75 S&H (b&w, 128 pages) is fascinating. You really need at least TWO Sloane books on your shelf!

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A Reverence For WoodA Reverence For Wood

Eric Sloane was an artist, draftsman, sign painter, author, but most of all, a historian of early American know-how. His pen and ink images that illustrate all of his books are captivating and highly informative. Sloane was born in 1905 and after studying art and lettering, he set out across the US as a painter working road signs and barn sides. Eventually he settled back east and began a career as an author, illustrator meteorologist and mentor to many.

As a kid growing up in Connecticut, A Reverence For Wood (arguably his most noted book) was always sitting near the reading chair, ready to be cracked open. In fact, when I asked my father for his copy to flip through, he produced two! Softcover, b&w about 112 pages. $12.95 plus $2.75 S&H.

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The VagabondsThe Vagabonds

A truly entertaining, well researched account of the early twentieth century friendship between Ford and Edison and the open road.

Two men who created something new where little more than an idea existed previously, take to the road for two week camping trips long before the open road was ready for them. Guinn chronicles their story starting in the nineteen-teens when both are well established characters in the public eye. Both were always on the lookout for the next new thing, and both knew how to manipulate a story to their advantage.

Into this mix add John Burroughs (the naturalist followed in the footsteps of Walt Whitman) and Harvey Firestone (tire magnate) and you quickly discover a fascinating story.

Their “camping trips” were hardly roughing it, but they did explore roadside America before roads were really ready, exploring parts of the country that were less traveled. It is an interesting peek into early 20th century American culture.

Originally $28, now as a remainder, this softcover is only $13.55 plus $2.75 S&H.

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The Complete Book of Classic Ford TractorsThe Complete Book of Classic Ford Tractors

It has literally been years since we have seen a new Ford tractor book be published. The far majority of them have been out of print. Motorbooks International (owned by Quarto) has held the rights to the books that Robert Pripps and Andrew Morland did together in the 1990s. The N-News has written many a letter over the years asking for some of the Pripps Ford tractor books to be reprinted, or to let the rights fall back to the authors so something could be done. Well, something finally has happened.

Classic ford tractorsBob Pripps alerted me in late 2020 that something was in the works. Quarto has combined three of the earlier Pripps/Moreland books, The Big Book of Ford Tractors, The Illustrated Ford and Fordson Buyer’s Guide and, The Complete Book of Ford Tractors into one bigger book.
Here is what the publicity info says, “In this comprehensive addition to Motorbooks’ Complete Book Series, tractor historian Robert Pripps provides a detailed and complete account of Ford tractors, from the earliest Fordsons to the Ford-Fergusons, the Ford N Series, and the Ford “World” tractors manufactured into the 1970s. Amply illustrated, Classic ford tractors also offers extensive information on the numerous options and accessories, implements and variations that came out of Dearborn, Sherman Bros., and the great Funk Bros. hot rod conversions that could make each of these popular machines utterly unique. In between, the book traces year-to-year model changes within each series.” Hardcover, 9.25×10.875” and contain 192 pages. At $45 plus $6.25 shipping it is a little pricey, but if you had purchased the three books (20+ years ago) you would have spent about the same.

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Beyond the Model TBeyond the Model T

Beyond the Model T: The Other Ventures of Henry Ford by Ford R. Bryan. The author was a member of the Ford family, worked at Ford Motors for over 33 years and then after retirement, volunteered at The Henry Ford Museum doing research and digging deep. He wrote a number of books based on his finding in the immense Henry Ford Museum archives.

Beyond the Model TIn this 200+ page b&w paperback with over 200 photos, Bryan tells the stories of some of the side interests of Henry Ford. What is particularly appealing is each chapter is a stand-alone story and is easily readable in one sitting.
Broken into twenty-one chapters ranging from the Fordson tractor to railroads, telegraphy to lumber, aircraft and education….all side projects for Henry Ford. If you are interested in the history of early 20th century America and the exploits of Henry Ford, then this will be a must-have. $35 plus $6.25 s&h.

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How to Restore Ford TractorsHow 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 $4 shipping and handling. Well worth it!

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A Guide To Ford, Fordson & New Holland TractorsA Guide To Ford, Fordson & New Holland Tractors

As a reference guide this book is brief and to the point, listing the most salient information formatted chronologically. In this respect it functions as a very convenient field guide. The no–nonsense black and white archive photos, taken mostly from promotional literature, present the oldest, most familiar images of each tractor in its moment of inception. Just $16.

A Guide to Ford Fordson book coverIn A Guide To Ford, Fordson & New Holland Tractors 1907-1999 there’s quite a bit of information about the Fordson, dubbed in the first chapter as “The Tractor That Dominated the Market,” and there’s no stinting on all the permutations of this tractor, beginning with the earliest Ford experimental tractors, then, from the “F” to the “All–Around,” indicating the factory of manufacture as well. This chapter closes with a few more experimental tractors that may be considered the bridge to the N and beyond.

The next chapter, “The Hitch That Changed the Industry,” summarizes the Handshake Agreement. Though this topic is often on our N–News pages, it seems there’s some new, little fact or two with every re–telling. Included here also is a brief but interesting section on the Sherman Transmissions and the Funk Conversions.

Next is “Multiple Models with the Hundred Series” to cover the development of the NAA, the 600–800, the 700–900, the Fordson E27N and Fordson Major, and the Dexta series. New diesels and Offsets are mentioned here, too.

The next event was the Thousand series: 2000–6000, the Fordson Super Major, the Super Dexta, the 7000, 8000, and the 9000. Then the series was expanded to the 1000, 8600, 9600, and all the many model numbers that followed. There became a full line from compacts to giants when Ford bought New Holland and Versatile.

The final chapter, “A New Era as a New Company” covers the purchase of Ford–New Holland by Fiat, and the change to the New Holland logo. It is quite interesting to see a summary of all that the company now represents.

This book also includes all the Nebraska Tractor Test Results on Ford and Ford–related tractors from 1920 to 1999, including the Observed PTO Horsepower and several useful specs on each model.

Next, several pages are devoted to all the serial sumbers, and known production figures are given from 1917 to 1990, the last full year of production by the Ford Company. This may be the first time that Ford’s production numbers have been published in one place. In fact, this may be the best reference available about Ford tractors. This book sell for $16 plus $4 shipping and handling.

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DVD Reviews

Working the LandWorking the Land

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.

DVD review: Working-the-Land-DVD coverIn Working the Land: The Upper Kennebec Valley Region of Maine in the 1930s, we see trees come down, teams pulling wood, great shots of a river drive at Moxie Falls in Moxie Gore, ME, and late spring scenes using the teams to grow hay and oats to feed the horses year-round. Plus some nice shots of haying and collecting shocks of oats by hand and a threshing machine run by a stationary engine making oats and oat straw. And many good scenes of lumber camp and general farm life in the 1930s!

At the end of the film are some interesting shots of plowing snow with a large V-plow on a truck in the town of Bingham, Maine and a model T truck set up to run on a railroad track on the Someset Railroad from Bingham to Rockwood. An amazing look into the past of northern New England. New from the N-News, $14.95 plus $2.75 s&h.

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In The Blood DVDIn The Blood DVD

Film director Sumner McKane weaves together a fascinating story of the history of logging in Maine. Using vintage footage and images, McKane offers a short history lesson of the northernmost New England logger and river man in In The Blood: Uncovering the Life, Skills & Character of the Turn of the Century Maine Lumbermen and River Drivers.

In The Blood DVD coverWonderful short movies and still images of camp life abound with audio interviews of men remembering their time working out in the middle of the woods. There are discussions of staying warm in the bunks, drying clothes on the “stink pole” and having beans three times a day along with donuts, Johnny cakes and lots of coffee.

These log camps ran from October to March and men were hired and paid based on their skills and their job in camp. Working from before sun-up to after dark six days a week, lumber camp wasn’t for the faint of heart.

Come March it was time to get the logs down river – and here again, they lived a life of constant danger. Rivers and streams were dammed to hold back the spring water until the logs were ready and there was enough volume to wash the logs downstream. There is amazing footage of men working on rivers and lakes, and discussion of log booms, capstans, walking the logs and dealing with jams. At $19.95 plus $4 S&H this film is both history lesson and entertainment. DVD only.

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Harold Brock DVDHarold Brock DVD

In June of 2009 I traveled to Iowa to interview Harold Brock, chief designer of the 9N tractor project. It was a little overwhelming to sit down and talk with a man who worked intimately with Henry Ford, Edsel Ford, Henry Ford II, had met Thomas Edison, Harry Ferguson and many other legends of modern invention and industry. The idea of having a tunnel back in time to talk to someone who was there, was an intriguing project to tackle.

Harold Brock DVD coverProducing a video interview takes a lot of time and money. Collecting up the gear, traveling and postproduction work were all things I felt the N-News couldn’t afford either the money or the time to do. But, author Bob Pripps got me thinking about this as a great opportunity. Thus our Harold Brock DVD was born!

I have known Harold for many years, but this was my first time meeting him face to face. Given his (at the time) 93 years, I was a little concerned about what his energy level would be and how he would do in a room full of lights and video equipment. But Harold didn’t even blink. He was well prepared to sit and talk about his days at the Ford Apprentice School and how that led to meeting and working with Henry Ford and being brought into the small engineering department at the time.

We talked about how Ford and Ferguson met and interacted with each other, and perhaps, more importantly, how the Ford design team dealt with Ferguson. We also spent time talking about the history of Ford Motor Company and some of the key players like “Cast Iron” Charlie Sorensen, Eugene Farkas and other engineers.

This video is nearly two hours long, with supporting still photos from the N-News archives and reader send-ins to help punctuate Harold’s points. (And, for bonus material, a slide show of additional photos that we collected, but didn’t use in the video itself.)

This is your chance to hear about the historic development of the N series tractors from a man who was there at the center of it all. $26.95 plus $4 shipping and handling.

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Licensed reprints of original Ford manuals

Common Implements Used With Ford Tractors from 1939Common Implements Used With Ford Tractors from 1939

Simply the best (only?) compendium of commonly used implements for the N-series (and into the mid 1950s). This is literally a collection of Operators & Owners manuals that would have come with that particular implement. An invaluable asset for the Ford tractor collector OR the person who is still working a plot of land. $40 plus $6.25 S&H.

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700-900 Owners Manual 1954-1957700-900 Owners Manual 1954-1957

This is the exact manual that came with the 700-900 row-crop tractors starting in 1955. It contains all operating and maintenance information including brake and clutch adjustment, valve adjustment and basic operations. Also has a nice accessories section. 66 pages. Only $12 plus $2.75 S&H.

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600-800 Owners Manual 1954-1957600-800 Owners Manual 1954-1957

This is the exact manual that came with the 600-800 tractors starting in 1954. It contains all operating and maintenance information including brake and clutch adjustment, valve adjustment and basic operations. Also has a nice accessories section. 66 pages. Only $12 plus $2.75 S&H.

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NAA Service Shop Manual 1953-1954NAA Service Shop Manual 1953-1954

A more specific manual for overhauling the engine, transmission and hydraulic system. Lots of information and should be used in conjunction with the Intertec FO-19 manual. About 46 pages, 8.5″ x 11″ – an excellent resource. Only $14 plus $2.75 S&H.

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NAA Owners Manual 1953-1954NAA Owners Manual 1953-1954

An exact replica of the owner’s manual that came with the Golden Jubilee in 1953. About 100 pages broken into sections for maintaining and repairing the tractor: tread width, carb adjustment, cooling system, valve adjustment and much more. Only $12 plus $2.75 S&H.

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8N Service Manual 1948-19528N Service Manual 1948-1952

The shop manual companion to the 8N Operators Manual (above) giving even more details for overhaul.
A strongly recommended companion to this manual would be the Intertec FO-4. Only $10 plus $2.75 S&H.

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8N Operators Manual 1948-19528N Operators Manual 1948-1952

This is a professional reprinted version of the original owner manual that came with the 8N back in the day. Photos, diagrams, operations, controls, basic maintenance, plowing instructions – everything you need to get started working with your 8N. 126 pages. Only $12 plus $2.75 S&H.

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Service Manual Model 9N and 2NService Manual Model 9N and 2N

This is the original shop manual for the owner. 64 pages of diagrams, drawings and photos depicting everything from an engine overhaul to a hydraulic pump rebuild. This manual, in conjunction with the FO-4 Intertec manual, are must-haves for the home mechanic. $14 plus $2.75 S&H.

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Ford Tractor Ferguson System Instruction BookFord Tractor Ferguson System Instruction Book

The basic instruction book for the 1939 9N through the 1947 2N. Lubrication, tire width chart, electrical system diagram – everything you need to get start. Exactly as original. Only $9 and we cover shipping!

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