Here are the Top 8 Reasons why I love the Ford 8N:
- Made in Michigan. These beauties were manufactured in Highland Park, Michigan – less than 100 miles away from my hometown.
- Easy to get parts. With more than a half million 8N tractors produced, it’s easy to find aftermarket and original parts for a restoration project.
- 3-point hitch. The 8N tractor marked the end of the handshake agreement between Henry Ford and Harry Ferguson, but it still included a 3-point hitch (Ferguson’s invention). While the design was updated from the original 9N and 2N, there were enough similarities that Ford had to pay a $9.2 million settlement for copyright infringement to Ferguson. Having the 3-point hitch was essential to the 8N’s success though – a price that Ford was willing to pay.
- Easy to get on and off. Compared to my dad’s favorite tractor (The Farmall H), the 8N tractor is a breeze to mount.
- Easy to drive. No doubt I’m one of thousands of kids who learned how to drive on a Ford 8N. They are simple to operate and a good size for mature youth to start with.
- Easy to repair. Unlike today’s advanced and complicated machinery, Ford designed a tractor that the farmer would be able to repair himself. Most repairs can be made with just a couple sizes of wrenches and other common shop tools.
- Implements! Such a huge variety of implements are available for the 8N tractor – it’s hard to imagine a task that there isn’t an implement for.
- Classic color scheme. The red and gray is my favorite tractor color combo – but it looks good in pink, too!