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
  • 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.

9N

1939 to 1942

9N1 to 9N89888

89,888

2N

1942 to 1947

9N99047 to 9N306221

207,174

8N

1947 to 1952

8N1 to 8N524076

524,076

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

This tractor project was started Thursday, February 13th, 2020.
Thanks to Mike Currier in Oliver for arranging this 2N tractor for me.

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