1947 Ford 2N Farm Tractor Restoration Project

  • Engine rebuilt
  • New liners, pistons, & rings
  • New rod bearings, seals, & gaskets
  • All new valve train
  • New rad hoses & clamps
  • New fan belt
  • Shifter boot
  • New battery
  • New muffler / tail pipe
  • Serviced carburetor
  • Serviced air filter (completely)
  • Serviced starter
  • Serviced generator
  • Serviced distributor
  • New plugs & plug wires
  • New wiring harness
  • New steering wheel
  • Clutch serviced
  • Brakes serviced
  • New ignition switch
  • New lights & switch
  • Primed with good industrial primer
  • Painted with good industrial enamel
  • All new decals

A little Ford 9N, 2N, & 8N tractor history including some of their differences.

Ford tractors changed dramatically in 1939 when over 10,000 9N tractors were sold in the first year of production. The model, 9, 2, then 8 reflect the year that model came out in the show rooms ... 1939 for the 9N, 1942 for the 2N, and 1948 for the 8N. Here's a list of Model number, production years, serial numbers and the number produced.
Note that all 2N serial numbers started with 9N.


1939 to 1942

9N1 to 9N89888



1942 to 1947

9N99047 to 9N306221



1947 to 1952

8N1 to 8N524076


There are many significant differences when it comes to the 8N but very few between the 9N and 2N. A few to note are: the 2N went to a three spoke steering wheel with hard rubber outside and uncovered spoke, a pressurized radiator, standard 10x28 rear tires, and radius rods are oval not I-beam (after 1944). The front Ford emblem has a tiny 2N stamped in the bottom center, the hood side pieces had an accessible bolt at the bottom where it bolted to the new pressed steel rad and front axle support (previously it was cast), the grill was changed to have four center slots, and the oil filter return line was rerouted to the governor for added lubrication.

One of the other main differences with some of the 2N models was, because of the war measures, they were not allowed to use rubber therefore Ford used steel wheels. Also some of these tractors had a magneto and no battery or starter, only a hand crank. Henry Ford soon convinced the government that these tractors were essential for farming and he was then allowed to go back to using rubber and batteries.

Here is a copy of the original "War Time" bulletin, put out by Ford, that covers; starting and stopping, steel wheels, magneto, and the idler pulley used because there was no generator. Click the image to download a four-page PDF copy of the bulletin. Special thanks to Mike Currier for donating this special memory.

Below are some photos of the 1947 Ford 2N tractor being rebuilt. All photos enlarge if you click on them.

A 9N (left), 8N (center), and on the right this 1947 2N

This load came from Yak and Creston - ready for the shop

Note the 2N serial number starts with a 9N. 9N267808

In the shop and ready to be dismantled

Considering it's 73 years old it's pretty complete

lots of penetrating oil around the head studs & valves

front axle and support are now off for engine removal

a heap of parts all waiting for the wire wheel and sanding

cylinder head off and engine removed from trans

a mostly stripped block all cleaned up

removing the old sleeves from the engine block

now totally stripped and cleaned ready for new parts

the starter disassembled and ready to clean

everything looks good & now ready for paint

generator back together & everything looks good

all new parts, set points ready to assemble

assembled and ready for paint and installation

the carb got a complete major cleaning and full kit

all new valve, guides, keepers, etc, and lapped

all new sleeves, pistons, rings & rod bearings

head on, cam, timing gears, front cover, etc all on

pan on & the old spark plugs in to keep out the paint

flywheel back on and clutch assembled & installed

engine complete, primer on and being installed

lots of parts cleaned, primered, and ready to install

more parts in the air cleaner than the engine

front axle to back door ready for wire wheeling

front axle completely disassembled ready to clean

front axle and radiator support cleaned and ready for primer

engine assembled and pretty much ready to start

waiting for the front axle to be cleaned and installed

like a lot of parts I wanted to stay with the original

a couple of hours to clean the fuel shut off

fuel tank ready to come out - note the wasp nests

the tin work all looks good and straight ready to clean

the fuel tank, although really caked in dirt, looks good

and it cleaned up really nice ready to primer

tons of nuts, bolts and parts were wire wheeled

transmission and steering box cleaned up ready for primer

front axle cleaned up, installed and supporting the tracor

Thought I'd found the equivalent of a gold mine!

the radiator is pretty good - just had to straighten fins

took apart and cleaned up the original rad drain cock

air cleaner assembled and installed as is the dash

The fan surround is also, surprisingly, in good shape

The pile keeps getting smaller & then it gets bigger again

Axles primered on the back, reinstalled and ready for primer

It's so cool cleaning a part and finding the original Ford insignia

I should note here ... although everything is going together right now it's mostly only temporary as a lot of these parts will be removed again later for the final coat of primer and the top finish coats of the original 9N / 2N dark gray colour. These photos (below) were taken April 6th, 2020 while both myself and this Ford 2N tractor are sticking to the rules and are in isolation because of Covid 19!

The last photo is one tie rod, this is one of the tie rod ends

The large front wheel hub that was only used on a 9N or 2N

The front axles and hubs all on and primered ready for paint

Note the rad is in place and the foot pegs and radius arms too

Everything went fairly well so I can use most parts again

Fenders and three point all off now lets see the brakes

Definitely a different way to go about finding the brake shoes

But there they are, really dirty but lots of good lining still

Everything looks good in here, even the extra dirt

Parts and pieces all cleaned ready for reassembly

Again is looking good - ready to clean and primer the outside

Backing plate primered ready for all the other parts

One side (right side) ready to go and the other side close

All the pins came free right away on almost everything

Doesn't look like many parts until you disassemble & clean

Fender bolts, clutch pedal, top link bracket & one 3 point arm

Amazing how many parts there are in two lift arms

Now to the back end ... Hydraulic pump looks great

Axle housings coming off to re-seal, clean and primer

Moving the tractor back to where the paint booth will be

PTO shaft, cleaned, primered and new a seal installed

Top cover off leaving the back housing easier to clean

Everything here looks good, just needs a good cleaning

All shined up and ready for a coat of primer

Every nut and every bolt wire wheeled ready to primer

A before and after shot & why I'm going through wire wheels

The three point top cover cleaned up & ready for primer

And the rear end all cleaned up with a coat of primer

More parts ready to go with a fresh coat of primer

The two axle housings, one cleaned and one ready to clean

Not installed but a good place to hang for spraying primer

April 19th and all cleaned and primered except body parts

The wheels are all looking for a sandblaster now

Mid May and rain so the brakes and axles got done

Hydraulic pump in, quadrant assembly & top cover going on

PTO in, side covers on and clutch & brake pedals adjusted

It's now May and the weather, and work load, are keeping me out of the shop except on rainy days. I did take off a wheel caulk and sent it to a friend on the Island that does blacksmithing ... I'm missing four and he figures he can duplicate them on the forge :-). June 3rd the wheels headed in to get sandblasted ... the paint booth is set up so we can get primer on them.

Missing some wheel caulks and a blacksmith buddy will copy

A rainy day so the front wheel bearings and seals got done

And some sand blasting on some of the smaller parts

Rolled the tractor sideways and set up the paint booth

Sandblaster did a great shop getting back to all steel

He suggested Corraseal rust converter pre-primer

All 4 were treated with Corraseal then primered

back to the wire wheel and sandpaper on the wheel centers

Both rear wheel centers were treated with Corraseal

Seemed like an endless job to sand the hood inside

Wheel centers and gas tank primered and ready

inside the hood all primered and wanting paint

It's now June ... but June 2021 not 2020 ... I'm finally back in the shop after a year of house renos and other work. The paint is on and parts are going back on. On Saturday, July 10th, Kathy helped me lift the hood on and with Roberts help we bolted on fenders and wheels! I then took the old / new girl for a spin around the shop! Yes, its finally done!!

all the body parts painted and ready to be bolted on

wheels, wheel centres, gas tank, all ready to go

the original 9N 2N Ford gray not available in Canada

but we got it from Dennis Carpenter and it's done!

tons of little parts and pieces ready for paint

sprayed and now they're all ready for re-assembly

hood with fuel tank and headlights ready to go

gauges, hoses, linkage, tie rod boots, shifter boot, etc

tool box, ignition switch, light switch all ready to roll

hood on and note the battery cover, usually these are missing

seat and steering wheel on ... looking more like a tractor

fenders and wheels all on, note the floor protector boards!

new 6 volt headlights, grill, and emblems in place

I'm thinking it looks like it's ready to roll ...

I'd better hop on and take it for a test drive

oh ... just about forgot ... the decals, all four of them

they do add that little extra bit of colour and look

and I'd hate to forget to change the oil when dirty :-)

click to enlarge and note the tiny 2N on the top emblem

going for a cruise around the shop! and aerating!

it runs great and everything works!

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the first time it was started

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hand crank to start

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going for a cruise around the shop! and aerating!

This tractor project was started Thursday, February 13th, 2020
and finished on Sunday July 11th, 2021. It turned out great!
Thanks to Mike Currier in Oliver for arranging this 2N tractor for me.

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