It is unknown how many of the stripped-down model 2N tractors were actually built between October 1942 and April 1943. Here's another site that may be helpful for decoding Basildon built tractors: I have a Basildon-built Ford 3600, and I have never been able to identify it with the codes stamped on the tractor. Many tractors have had engines and other parts replaced. There were still a few differences. The best record that I've ever seen of serial numbers and when factory changes were introduced was John Smith's tractor identification page.
There are other unique numbers and blocks with no serial numbers that can appear on these tractors. My first 8N tractor turned out to have a 1940-9N engine block. A steel-wheel version photo is provided further down this page. Some codes are four digits like D128. The earliest 9N's had cast aluminum hoods that are very rare and collectable today.
Problems were most often identified by higher than acceptable returns for repairs. Accounts vary but Ferguson sued Ford Motor Company for 250 to 350 million. The transmission and axle castings were from 1948 and 1949. Higher 8N Serial Numbers There are individuals who claim to have 8N tractors with higher serial numbers. Another problem area is the when 2N model tractors started. I will replace the same pistons as they are unmarked or worn, there was no lip at the top of the bore but cylinders were water marked and would,nt hone out. Some documents show 2N production beginning in 1942, others show 1943, some documents appear to show 9N and 2N tractors being produced at the same time in 42-43.
If you are just looking for a working tractor, the higher serial numbers for each model will have the most factory upgrades. Ford tractors increased in size and horsepower with more different model types and options introduced each year. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Look for a flat spot in the casting a few inches back from the oil filter, just below the cylinder head. Many projects never made it to production. Many of the stripped-down 2N tractors were upgraded with rubber tires, batteries, generators, and starters as soon as those parts became available.
The information for 8N tractors is more consistent, but still has differences. Chrome parts were changed to painted and some factory improvements continued to be introduced. Starting with the Hundred series, Ford began using the model number prefix to indicate some options such as engine size and transmission type. Redesigned parts were most often phased into production after all the older parts had been used. Roger Kyes president of the Ferguson-Sherman Corporation came up with the idea of producing a tractor without rubber tires, battery, or starter. The first 4000's were built from 1962 - 1965 and had 4 cylinder engines, and old style sheet metal. It can be difficult to determine if a tractor is all original.
A diamond symbol denotes the beginning and end of the serial number. Many parts are interchangeable between any 1939 to 1952 tractor. Layers of paint and dirt can easily conceal mismatched parts. Modifications to the hydraulic implement control system added a new position control lever under the seat. This is a very low serial number, so I would guess that it was an early manufactured model 4000.
Many people don't consider the vertical exhaust to be an improvement. I have the original owners book and it was purchased in 1966, it says it is a ford 4100 i will keep looking thanks again. When diagnosing an issue, or showing off your tractor or implement, it's important to add images so we all know what you're talking about. The next two letters are the day of the month, and the final letter indicates the year. As it progresses I will try to upload some photos.
It is a resource and a community of people who refuse to let our agricultural heritage disappear. Paying for maintenance on a vintage gas engine makes any diesel a better value for a working tractor. The original design may not have been completely defective, just not as good as it should be to survive real world abuse. Some evidence suggests that some 9N tractors were still being manufactured during this period. Harold Brock 1914-2011 , the lead engineer in charge of the 9N tractor project, provided monthly production totals for 1939 that add up to 10310 tractors. If your tractor description and serial number does not appear to match with these listings I would greatly appreciate receiving photos.
President Roosevelt was so impressed, he bought the tractor and implements on the spot for his farm in upstate New York, and allowed restrictions on tractor manufacturing to be lifted. The tractor could be operated by people too old or young to join the armed services. Your Needs Are Our Priority When it comes to customer satisfaction, we at Steiner Tractor Parts don't hesitate to go above and beyond to help you. Please remember, there are differences in the official Ford documents we can find. This has changed some with the most modern equipment, but when these tractors were built, design changes were phased into production as problems were discovered or parts were redesigned for other reasons. I hope that all kinds of information helpful to you if you looking for the Ford 4000 Tractor information.