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This tractor was purchased in August, 1997. What was most attractive about it was the low serial number and the fact that it was mostly all there and original. Very few parts seem to have been changed or cobbled on. It had been parked in a corn crib, non-running, for about 20 years. With the production schedules Ford was running when the 8N started up in July, 1947, it is very likely this tractor was built during the first week of production of 8N's. There are a few things unique to the early '47s. The grille still had the holes for the Ferguson badge from the 2N. The clutch linkage was different from later models and the PTO lever mounting cover was cast iron instead of stamped steel. The following photos show the restoration from the beginning to the completion.
Below are a few photos of the restoration of the 1947 Ford 8N tractor.
Below are a few photos of the restoration completion of the 1947 Ford 8N tractor.
Thanks to John Smith of Old Ford Tractor for allowing us to use this information.