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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.
Tractor Wars: John Deere, Henry Ford, International Harvester and the Birth of Modern Agriculture documents the short period from roughly 1908-1928 when Henry Ford, Cyrus McCormick and William Butterworth (of the still relatively small Deere & Company) would transform how farming was done. This was a paradigm shift in agriculture and farming practice. It is a fascinating story told with great historical perspective.
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.
Before Amazon sold us everything under the sun, there was Sears Roebuck. Started in 1892 as a mail order only company, stores opened up in 1925, but the majority of Sears business remained mail order for a good part of the 20th century. As a kid I remember getting the Sears catalogs in the mail and would spend hours pouring through them. Looking at these vintage catalogs is a window back in time.
Eric Sloane was famous for his pen and ink drawing of rural American life. Born in 1905 in New York, Sloane trained as a fine artist and for a while made a living as a sign painter as he worked his way across the country. But he eventually returned to the New York region settling in New Milford, CT. Sloane was intrigued with early American living, especially in New England and had an affinity for all things related to tools, mechanical devices and country know-how. But his interests went deeper.
Abraham Lincoln was a man of tremendous capacity and drive. He was the 16th president of the United States and the first to be assassinated. He managed his political times (both in the Senate and as President) by balancing the needs of his friends and his opponents. In short, he was a consummate politician who led the nation through extremely volatile times. Emotionally, he was prone to depression and bouts of darkness.
The Farm Security Administration (FSA) was part of the New Deal Agency, created in 1937 to help fight rural poverty during the Great Depression. Between 1935-1944, FSA photographers took over 175,000 black and white photographs all over rural America. Many of the most iconic images of what this country looked like as it worked its way out of the Great Depression came through this government agency.
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.
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.
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.
Ford Heavy-Duty Trucks 1948-1998 by Paul G. McLaughln is a sister book to the Ford Medium Duty Trucks (reviewed in the Autumn issue). Similar in size and scope, this book focuses on the 2½ and 3 ton F-7 and F-8.
Agriculture has been a touchstone of security and growth for humanity since we gave up our hunting and gathering ways. This book is a chronology of writings on agriculture, which detail the history of how we as Americans have embraced, rebuffed and re-embraced the ideas (and ideals) of agriculture and the agrarian lifestyle. $14.95.
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.
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.
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. $19.95.
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. $26.95.
Licensed reprints of original Ford manuals
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.
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. $12.
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. $12.
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. $14.
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. $12
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. $10.
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. $12
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.
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. $9.
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