The steering wheel was higher than the 9N-2N models. A diamond symbol denotes the beginning and end of the serial number. At serial 305676 the oil filler cap was changed to a larger model with a replaceable filter element inside. The light industrial models were the 2030 and 4030 with the 4040 being the heavy industrial. The grille was changed to have four slots in the center bar. The choke knob was moved up next to the grille in front so the operator could work the choke as he cranked the engine. It was all Ford designed, since Harry Ferguson had gone his own way and was no longer involved.
My Ford 3000 was the 3-cylinder version built after 1965. Many engines with the stars have been rebuilt using cast sleeves. The very aggressive schedule resulted in some differences between the first models and later models. The Golden Jubilee was also a bit larger than the N-Series of tractors. All earlier 9N-2N-8N models have the stars. The first number is the model number. A new-to-you tractor may not prove anything since it has always been so easy to swap parts.
A code such as G187 would mean the part was cast on or after July 18th, 1947. It is a resource and a community of people who refuse to let our agricultural heritage disappear. The guy that told you otherwise doesn't know what he's talking about, obviously! The model number identifies the tractor options within each series. Two transmission options were available, a standard 4 speed and a 5 speed that could be had with or without the two stage clutch live pto option. These well designed, extremely durable machines continue to do real work while other tractors of the same era were scrapped long ago.
Roger Kyes president of the Ferguson-Sherman Corporation came up with the idea of producing a tractor without rubber tires, battery, or starter. Your tractor is a 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee. Unfortunately, it isn't that easy. To my knowledge, the slower reverse gear was never installed in any 8N tractor. Most people still refer to these tractors as 9N's. Most 8N serial numbers will also have these star symbols. Fewer changes were made from 1945 to 1947 because Ford engineers were working on the new 8N tractor design.
Harry Ferguson traveled to Washington in January 1943 to talk to President Roosevelt about lifting the war restrictions on Ford Tractors. For this reason, buying correct parts for these tractors is not difficult, since there were basically only two models built from 1939 to 1952. Running again on July 18th, 2011 Now I need to fix the brakes and paint the sheet metal. If there are no visible freeze plugs Welch plugs as in the photo at left, it's a very early block. Some of the earliest tractors still had holes in the grille for the Ferguson System badge that was used on the 2N but they were covered with brass plugs.
Several improvements were made and new options such as power steering appeared. Anyone know what they are worth or anyone interested? Do anyone have any suggestions? It has been suggested that I buy a zenith brand. The next two letters are the day of the month, and the final letter indicates the year. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Many tractors may have had engines replaced with engines that were originally installed in a completely different vehicle, stationary pump, or generator.
Low serial number tractors for each model are worth more to collectors. At the same time the old mushroom valves were replaced with straight stem style valves, one piece guides, shorter valve springs, and heavier valve lifters. The 9 was for the year, 1939, and N was Ford's designation for tractor. At serial number 356950 the engine exhaust valves were to changed to the free rotating type and the valve lifters were changed to the adjustable type. Your serial number indicates it was made in the later run of 1954 and all the Golden Jubilee's where made in 1953. Refer to the following tables to decipher model numbers for hundred and 01 series tractors. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co.
A wide front end option was available for the row crop tractors. The 172 cubic inch gas or diesel engined 801 and 901 were known as the Powermaster tractors. The numbers are usually not stamped very deep or very straight. The steering wheel changed to a plastic covered 3 spoke design with a chrome nut and washer holding it on. This is the same engine as the 9N and 2N tractors with just a slight bump in compression ratio. The model 8N tractor was the result of the first major redesign since 1939. It can be difficult to determine if a tractor is all original.
All serial numbers will begin with either 9N or 8N followed by the number. The surviving Gold Demonstrator tractors are very collectible today. Browse our site and you will find everything from tractor seats, , , , , , , steering wheels to , and. Ford Motor Company changed the model designation only when it was felt a new model was needed. Other than the few stripped-down versions specifications for the 2N tractors were the same as previous 9N tractors.