Well, after an entire fall and winter (and part of the preceding summer, now that I think of it) in the barn doing nothing but collecting dust, I decided to move the tractor (it needs a good name).
For a while it just cranked. Then, suddenly, it continued to just crank. (At least I know my new battery and starter work. Finally, with some persuasion, coercion, some fancy work with the choke and only a small amount of grumbling, it reluctantly gave up the fight and fired up. It wasn't happy about it, though, and it told me so in no [……]Continue reading →
The saga of my 8N
Last spring, much to my surprise, I purchased my first tractor, a 1948 Ford 8N. The 8N was a classic design that was widely copied and has held up remarkably well over the years as evidenced by the large number still in active operation more than 50 years after the last one rolled off the line in 1952.
This excerpt from The Smiths' 8N Ford Tractor Page:The Ford model 8N tractor was introduced in July 1947 as an update/ redesign of the earlier 9N and 2N Ford-Ferguson tractors. It was an immediate success with farmers everywhere. The N series tractors revolutionized [……] Continue reading →